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Borderland, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Williamson [Map], which is the Seat of Mingo County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 57 miles [91.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). If you could walk a straight line from Borderland 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 297 miles [478 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,170 miles [9,929.7 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 6,883 miles [11,077.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,758 miles [7,657.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Borderland ...

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


El Paso County

Our profile page for Borderland, El Paso County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,430 miles [2,301.4 km] to the West

Curious and Interesting Names Near Borderland ...

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.

Ajax   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North of Borderland   [Map]
Cinderella   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Goodman   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Goody (KY)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
New Camp (KY)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Parsley Bottom   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Road Fork (KY)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Rural (KY)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Turkey Creek (KY)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Upper Turkey (KY)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Borderland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7140, Longitude: -82.3090     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Borderland 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 Borderland 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 311.081 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.899 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.353 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Borderland.