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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Fayetteville [Map], which is the Seat of Fayette County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Boomer to Fayetteville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 23 miles [37 km] to the Northwest (NW). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 235 miles [378.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,108 miles [9,829.9 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 6,820 miles [10,975.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,696 miles [7,557.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Boomer ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Boomer.

While the name Boomer is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Iowa

Pottawattamie County

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

Missouri

Linn County

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

North Carolina

Wilkes County

Our profile page for Boomer, Wilkes County   [Map]
Distance: About 143 miles [230.1 km] to the South

Tennessee

Cocke County

Our profile page for Boomer, Cocke County   [Map]
Distance: About 185 miles [297.7 km] to the South Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Boomer ...

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.

Alloy   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast of Boomer   [Map]
Carbondale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Crescent   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Deep Water   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Eagle   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Falls View   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Glen Ferris   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Longacre   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [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 Boomer. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northwest of Boomer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...



The Communities of West Virginia

About Fayette County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boomer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1507, Longitude: -81.2873     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boomer 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 Boomer 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 310.456 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.25 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.779 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek 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 Boomer 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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<8>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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