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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Parkersburg [Map], which is the Seat of Wood County, lies just to the South.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 69 miles [111 km] to the South (S). If you could walk a straight line from Briscoe to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 242 miles [389.5 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 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,064 miles [9,759.1 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 6,782 miles [10,914.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,657 miles [7,494.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Briscoe ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Briscoe.

While the name Briscoe is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Morgan County

Our profile page for Briscoe, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 438 miles [704.9 km] to the Southwest


Polk County

Our profile page for Briscoe, Polk County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 417 miles [671.1 km] to the South Southwest


Clark County

Our profile page for Briscoe, Clark County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Clark County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Adams County

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

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Calvert County

Our profile page for Briscoe, Calvert County   [Map]
Distance: About 274 miles [441 km] to the East Southeast

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for Briscoe, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 507 miles [815.9 km] to the West

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Sullivan County

Our profile page for Briscoe, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 386 miles [621.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Wheeler County

Our profile page for Briscoe, Wheeler County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,058 miles [1,702.7 km] to the West

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Briscoe ...

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.

Boreman   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast of Briscoe   [Map]
Central   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Constitution (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Liberty Hills   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Locust Fork (OH)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Ponderosa   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Riverview (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Rockland (OH)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rolling Hills   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Sand Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Scenic Hills   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sunrise   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Sunset Heights   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Tallyho   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Valley Mills   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Woodland Park   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Briscoe. 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.

August 'Gus' Wagner
  Tatto artist, wood carver, painter. He was born in Marietta (Ohio) on Sunday June 16, 1872 and died on Tueday June 10, 1941 at an age of 69. He was buried at Homestead Cemetery (Chase County, Kansas) [Map].

Marietta [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Briscoe

Find-A-Grave Memorial: August 'Gus' Wagner<9>

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Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Briscoe. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3495, Longitude: -81.5329     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Briscoe 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 Briscoe 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 310.576 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.565 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.492 degrees.

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<7>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 Briscoe, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Briscoe 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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<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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