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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Bowen to ...

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

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

  • Wayne [Map], which is the Seat of Wayne County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 38 miles [61.2 km] to the East (E). If you could walk a straight line from Bowen to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 289 miles [465.1 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five 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 6,144 miles [9,887.8 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 6,860 miles [11,040.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,735 miles [7,620.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bowen ...

We have found 18 communities that share the name Bowen.

While the name Bowen is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 18 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Marshall County

Our profile page for Bowen, Marshall County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 360 miles [579.4 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Pike County

Our profile page for Bowen, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 689 miles [1,108.8 km] to the West Southwest

Colorado

Las Animas County

Our profile page for Bowen, Las Animas County
This community is historic.
Although located in Las Animas County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Rio Grande County

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

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Georgia

Liberty County

Our profile page for Bowen, Liberty County   [Map]
Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the South

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Illinois

Hancock County

Our profile page for Bowen, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 484 miles [778.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Iowa

Jones County

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

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Kentucky

Powell County

Our profile page for Bowen, Powell County   [Map]
Distance: About 84 miles [135.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Michigan

Kent County

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

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Mississippi

Itawamba County

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

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Missouri

Henry County

Our profile page for Bowen, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 608 miles [978.5 km] to the West

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Montana

Beaverhead County

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

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Nebraska

Washington County

Our profile page for Bowen, Washington County
This community is historic.
Although located in Washington County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New Mexico

Dona Ana County

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

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New York

Cattaraugus County

Our profile page for Bowen, Cattaraugus County   [Map]
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Ohio

Lucas County

Our profile page for Bowen, Lucas County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Ontario

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

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Tennessee

Grainger County

Our profile page for Bowen, Grainger County   [Map]
Distance: About 150 miles [241.4 km] to the South Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Bowen ...

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.

Chancellor Hills   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest of Bowen   [Map]
Crockett   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Dickson   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Garden Farms   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Hillview   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Inez   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Martha   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Park Hills   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pea Ridge   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Salt Rock   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Sarah   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Shoals   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Timberlake   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bowen. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3062, Longitude: -82.3432     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bowen 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 Bowen 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 311.095 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.002 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.185 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 Bowen, 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 Bowen 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bowen.