The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/
Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Bowles. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bowles) to Point B.
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bowles. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3237, Longitude: -82.0568 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Bowles have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).