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Bowers Hill, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Bowers Hill and extending to:

  • Spencer [Map], which is the Seat of Roane County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 35 miles [56.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from Bowers Hill to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of 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 229 miles [368.5 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,080 miles [9,784.8 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 6,795 miles [10,935.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,670 miles [7,515.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bowers Hill ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Bowers Hill.

While the name Bowers Hill is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


New Haven County

Our profile page for Bowers Hill, New Haven County   [Map]

Distance: About 466 miles [750 km] to the East Northeast.


Chesapeake City

Our profile page for Bowers Hill, Chesapeake City   [Map]

Distance: About 300 miles [482.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Norfolk City

Our profile page for Bowers Hill, Norfolk City

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Norfolk City, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Bowers Hill ...

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.

Buffalolick (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South of Bowers Hill   [Map]

Clover   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Grace   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Green Acres   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Leaning Oak   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Leatherbark   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Leo (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Nancy Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Otto   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Pink   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Quiet Vale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Rushville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Speed   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Walnut Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bowers Hill. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7929, Longitude: -81.3079     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bowers Hill 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 Bowers Hill 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 310.454 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.342 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.578 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Bowers Hill 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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