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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Elkins [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies just to the West.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 110 miles [177 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Bowden to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 143 miles [230.1 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,009 miles [9,670.5 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 6,721 miles [10,816.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,596 miles [7,396.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bowden ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Bowden.

While the name Bowden is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Our profile page for Bowden   [Map]
Distance: About 1,866 miles [3,003 km] to the Northwest


Duval County

Our profile page for Bowden, Duval County   [Map]
Distance: About 606 miles [975.3 km] to the South


Henry County

Our profile page for Bowden, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 441 miles [709.7 km] to the Southwest


Ascension Parish

Our profile page for Bowden, Ascension Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 879 miles [1,414.6 km] to the Southwest

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Penobscot County

Our profile page for Bowden, Penobscot County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 731 miles [1,176.4 km] to the Northeast

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Our profile page for Bowden
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Duplin County

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

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Creek County

Our profile page for Bowden, Creek County   [Map]
Distance: About 917 miles [1,475.8 km] to the West

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Halifax County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Bowden ...

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.

Cheat Junction   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South of Bowden   [Map]
Crystal Springs   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Elk River Junction   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Evenwood   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Flint   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Harpertown   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Job   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Leadsville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Lumber (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Meadows   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Perlytown (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pleasant Run   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Read   -   7 miles [11.3 km] 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 Bowden. 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.

Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northeast of Bowden

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bowden. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9087, Longitude: -79.7098     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bowden 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 Bowden 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 309.482 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.252 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.847 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 Bowden, 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 Bowden 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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<9>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:

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