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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Bragg to ...

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

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

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Bragg to Beckley, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 52 miles [83.7 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 227 miles [365.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving 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 6,112 miles [9,836.3 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 6,822 miles [10,978.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,698 miles [7,560.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bragg ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Bragg.

While the name Bragg is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Yell County

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


Jones County

Our profile page for Bragg, Jones County   [Map]
Distance: About 358 miles [576.1 km] to the South Southwest


Randolph County

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

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Richmond County

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

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Morgan County

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

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Hardin County

Our profile page for Bragg, Hardin County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 926 miles [1,490.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Windsor County

Our profile page for Bragg, Windsor County   [Map]
Distance: About 610 miles [981.7 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Bragg ...

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.

Crow   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West of Bragg   [Map]
Export (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Grandview   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Greenwood (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Hamlet (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Hemlock   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Kathryn   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Meadow Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pear (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Pluto   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Prince   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Royal (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sandstone   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Terry Junction   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Bragg. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the west of Bragg

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bragg. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7823, Longitude: -80.9904     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bragg 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 Bragg 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 310.285 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.00 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.772 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 Bragg 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 Bragg, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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