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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Bright to ...

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

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

  • Spencer [Map], which is the Seat of Roane County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Bright to Spencer, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 28 miles [45.1 km] to the Southwest (SW). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 226 miles [363.7 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, 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 6,085 miles [9,792.9 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 6,799 miles [10,941.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,674 miles [7,522.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bright ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Bright.

While the name Bright is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Cullman County

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

Arkansas

Columbia County

Our profile page for Bright, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 763 miles [1,227.9 km] to the West Southwest

Florida

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

Georgia

Dawson County

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

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Indiana

Dearborn County

Our profile page for Bright, Dearborn County   [Map]
Distance: About 198 miles [318.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Ness County

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

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Mississippi

DeSoto County

Our profile page for Bright, DeSoto County   [Map]
Distance: About 546 miles [878.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Ohio

Franklin County

Our profile page for Bright, Franklin County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 124 miles [199.6 km] to the Northwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Bright   [Map]
Distance: About 323 miles [519.8 km] to the North

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Pennsylvania

Northumberland County

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

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South Dakota

Spink County

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

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Tennessee

Hamblen County

Our profile page for Bright, Hamblen County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 195 miles [313.8 km] to the Southwest

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Wisconsin

Clark County

Our profile page for Bright, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 644 miles [1,036.4 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Bright ...

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.

Buffalolick (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest of Bright   [Map]
Clover   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Cotton   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Harley   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
King   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Looneyville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mount Welcome   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Mudfork   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Otto   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Pad (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Pigeon   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Rushville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Shad (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Stringtown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Walnut Grove   -   8 miles [12.9 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 Bright. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of Bright

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...



Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Roane County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bright. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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 starting from Bright. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bright) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bright. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6259, Longitude: -81.2346     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bright 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 Bright 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 310.414 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.271 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.602 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Bright 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 Bright, 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bright.