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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Bison 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 Bison to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Sutton [Map], which is the Seat of Braxton County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 52 miles [83.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could walk a straight line from Bison to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 200 miles [321.9 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,063 miles [9,757.5 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 6,776 miles [10,904.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,651 miles [7,485.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bison ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Bison.

While the name Bison is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Kansas

Rush County

Our profile page for Bison, Rush County   [Map]
Distance: About 994 miles [1,599.7 km] to the West

Montana

Glacier County

Our profile page for Bison, Glacier County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,745 miles [2,808.3 km] to the Northwest

Oklahoma

Garfield County

Our profile page for Bison, Garfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 954 miles [1,535.3 km] to the West

South Dakota

Perkins County

Our profile page for Bison, Perkins County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,205 miles [1,939.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Cocke County

Our profile page for Bison, Cocke County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Cocke County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Braxton County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bison. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6554, Longitude: -80.7418     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bison 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 Bison 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 310.114 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.934 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.379 degrees.

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<7>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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bison.