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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Sutton [Map], which is the Seat of Braxton County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Bower to Sutton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 60 miles [96.6 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 197 miles [317 km] to the East (E). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,053 miles [9,741.4 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 6,767 miles [10,890.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,642 miles [7,470.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bower ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Bower.

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Georgia

Decatur County

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

Kansas

Norton County

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

Nebraska

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Bower, Jefferson County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 880 miles [1,416.2 km] to the West Northwest

Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

Our profile page for Bower, Clearfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 177 miles [284.9 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Bower ...

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.

Bonnie   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South of Bower   [Map]
Cedarville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Copen   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Cutlips   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Dusk   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Dutch   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Exchange   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Flower   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Gem   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hope (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Let (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Orlando   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Sand Fork   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Stouts Mills   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bower. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8584, Longitude: -80.7198     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bower 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 Bower 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 310.094 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.942 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.301 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Bower 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>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 Bower, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bower.



 
 
 

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