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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Bismarck.

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Bismarck to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Bismarck to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Bismarck to:

  • Petersburg [Map], which is the Seat of Grant County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Bismarck to Petersburg, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 142 miles [228.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 119 miles [191.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,976 miles [9,617.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,687 miles [10,761.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,563 miles [7,343.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bismarck ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Bismarck.

While the name Bismarck is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arkansas

Hot Spring County

Our profile page for Bismarck, Hot Spring County   [Map]
Distance: About 840 miles [1,351.8 km] to the West Southwest

California

San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Bismarck, San Bernardino County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 2,078 miles [3,344.2 km] to the West

Illinois

Vermilion County

Our profile page for Bismarck, Vermilion County   [Map]
Distance: About 450 miles [724.2 km] to the West Northwest

Iowa

Clayton County

Our profile page for Bismarck, Clayton County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Clayton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Michigan

Eaton County

Our profile page for Bismarck, Eaton County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Eaton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Missouri

Saint Francois County

Our profile page for Bismarck, Saint Francois County   [Map]
Distance: About 623 miles [1,002.6 km] to the West

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Nebraska

Cuming County

Our profile page for Bismarck, Cuming County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 943 miles [1,517.6 km] to the West Northwest

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North Carolina

Johnston County

Our profile page for Bismarck, Johnston County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Johnston County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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North Dakota

Burleigh County

Our profile page for Bismarck, Burleigh County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,201 miles [1,932.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Ohio

Huron County

Our profile page for Bismarck, Huron County   [Map]
Distance: About 230 miles [370.1 km] to the Northwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Bismarck
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Pennsylvania

Lebanon County

Our profile page for Bismarck, Lebanon County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Lebanon County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Washington

Pierce County

Our profile page for Bismarck, Pierce County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Pierce County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Bismarck ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Crosstown   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North of Bismarck   [Map]
Falls   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Greenland   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Hartmansville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Henry   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]
Martin   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Maysville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Medley   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Mount Storm   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Skyline   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sulphur City   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Bismarck. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Bismarck

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bismarck. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Bismarck. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bismarck) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bismarck. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2179, Longitude: -79.2331     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bismarck have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Bismarck to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.181 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.956 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.531 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Bismarck, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Bismarck could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<9>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bismarck.



 
 
 

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