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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Bois to ...

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

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

  • Webster Springs [Map], which is the Seat of Webster County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Bois to Webster Springs, 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 69 miles [111 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 183 miles [294.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,047 miles [9,731.7 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 6,760 miles [10,879.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,635 miles [7,459.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bois ...

While the name Bois is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Washington County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Bois ...

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.

Eden   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East of Bois   [Map]
Falls Mill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Fishers Crossing   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Gregory   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Guardian   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Hacker Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Holly   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Ireland   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Joppa   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Little Wildcat (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Wildcat (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bois. 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 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Bois. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bois) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bois. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7254, Longitude: -80.4348     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bois 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 Bois 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 309.926 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.73 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.223 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 (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 Bois 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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