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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Philippi [Map], which is the Seat of Barbour County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 96 miles [154.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Boulder to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 165 miles [265.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,018 miles [9,685 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 6,731 miles [10,832.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,607 miles [7,414.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Boulder ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Boulder.

While the name Boulder is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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British Columbia

Our profile page for Boulder   [Map]
Distance: About 2,093 miles [3,368.4 km] to the Northwest


Ventura County

Our profile page for Boulder, Ventura County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Ventura County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Arapahoe County

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

Boulder County

Our profile page for Boulder, Boulder County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,336 miles [2,150.1 km] to the West

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Blaine County

Our profile page for Boulder, Blaine County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,797 miles [2,892 km] to the West Northwest

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Clinton County

Our profile page for Boulder, Clinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 490 miles [788.6 km] to the West

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Boulder, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,686 miles [2,713.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Garfield County

Our profile page for Boulder, Garfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,686 miles [2,713.4 km] to the West

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Scott County

Our profile page for Boulder, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 219 miles [352.4 km] to the Southwest

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Sublette County

Our profile page for Boulder, Sublette County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,557 miles [2,505.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Boulder ...

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.

Century   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest of Boulder   [Map]
Century Junction   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Elk City   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Five Forks   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Independence   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Longview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mount Liberty   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Murphy   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Pecks Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Swamp Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Union   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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About Barbour County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Boulder. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0687, Longitude: -80.1034     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Boulder 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 Boulder 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 309.713 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.54 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.961 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 Boulder, 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 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 Boulder 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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