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(Preston County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 128 miles [206 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Bretz to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 154 miles [247.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,985 miles [9,631.9 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 6,699 miles [10,781 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,575 miles [7,362.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bretz ...

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Bretz.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Bretz ...

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.

Bull Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast of Bretz   [Map]
Cascade   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Gum Spring   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Herring   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Hog Eye   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Kanes Creek   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Kingwood   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Masontown   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Mountain View   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Oriole (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Pioneer Rocks   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Reedsville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Richard   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ridgedale   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Rock Forge   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rockville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Threefork Bridge   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [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 Bretz. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Bretz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<7>
 
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest of Bretz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
 
Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Bretz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

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The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bretz. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5423, Longitude: -79.8006     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bretz 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 Bretz 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 309.51 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.38 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.662 degrees.

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<7>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: findagrave.com.

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