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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Moorefield [Map], which is the Seat of Hardy County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Brake to Moorefield, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 144 miles [231.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 107 miles [172.2 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,982 miles [9,627.1 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 6,692 miles [10,769.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,568 miles [7,351.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Brake ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Brake.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Jefferson County

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


West Feliciana Parish

Our profile page for Brake, West Feliciana Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 895 miles [1,440.4 km] to the Southwest

North Carolina

Edgecombe County

Our profile page for Brake, Edgecombe County   [Map]
Distance: About 216 miles [347.6 km] to the South Southeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Brake ...

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.

Bass   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast of Brake   [Map]
Brushy Run   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Cabins   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Fame   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Fisher   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Lost City   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Miles   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pansy   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Peru   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rough Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Seemly (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Tannery   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Town Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8896, Longitude: -79.0361     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brake 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 Brake 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 309.078 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.789 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.565 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 Brake 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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