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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Bowes to ...

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

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

  • Lewisburg [Map], which is the Seat of Greenbrier County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 76 miles [122.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). If you could drive a straight line from Bowes 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 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 194 miles [312.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,084 miles [9,791.2 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 6,793 miles [10,932.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,669 miles [7,514 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bowes ...

While the name Bowes is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Kane County

Our profile page for Bowes, Kane County   [Map]
Distance: About 512 miles [824 km] to the Northwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Bowes ...

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.

Anthony   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast of Bowes   [Map]
Brink (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Crowfields   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Dickson   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hopper   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Lewisburg   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mapledale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Rolling Hills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Teaberry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Walnut Hills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Woodman   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bowes. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8412, Longitude: -80.3742     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bowes 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 Bowes 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 309.915 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.586 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.494 degrees.

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