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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Brittain once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Brittain to:

  • Grafton [Map], which is the Seat of Taylor County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 110 miles [177 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Brittain to Charleston, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 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 164 miles [263.9 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,002 miles [9,659.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,717 miles [10,810 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,592 miles [7,390.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Brittain ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Brittain.

While the name Brittain is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Arkansas

Pulaski County

Our profile page for Brittain, Pulaski County   [Map]
Distance: About 750 miles [1,207 km] to the West Southwest

Kansas

Cloud County

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

Missouri

Dallas County

Our profile page for Brittain, Dallas County   [Map]
Distance: About 703 miles [1,131.4 km] to the West

North Carolina

Rutherford County

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

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Ohio

Summit County

Our profile page for Brittain, Summit County   [Map]
Distance: About 138 miles [222.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Brittain ...

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.

Belgium   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest of Brittain   [Map]
Blueville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Boothsville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Cecil   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Elliotsville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Forksburg   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Graham Heights   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hardman   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Hebron   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Hillview   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hopewell   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Knottsville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Maple Run   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Meadowdale   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
New England   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pettyjohn (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sandy (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Shagtown   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Stone House (Historic)   -   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 Brittain. 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 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Brittain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Brittain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald Ron Lancaster

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Brittain, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Brittain. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Brittain) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brittain. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3793, Longitude: -80.0517     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brittain have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Brittain to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.67 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.537 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.83 degrees.

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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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Brittain 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Brittain.