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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Browning 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 Browning 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 Browning once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Browning to:

  • Ripley [Map], which is the Seat of Jackson County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Browning to Ripley, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day 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 46 miles [74 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 248 miles [399.1 km] to the East (E). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,084 miles [9,791.2 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 6,801 miles [10,945.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,676 miles [7,525.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Browning ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name Browning.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Browning. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 13 communities in the United States and Canada - with 13 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Orange County

Our profile page for Browning, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,028 miles [3,263.7 km] to the West


Polk County

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

Wilcox County

Our profile page for Browning, Wilcox County   [Map]
Distance: About 499 miles [803.1 km] to the South


Schuyler County

Our profile page for Browning, Schuyler County   [Map]
Distance: About 469 miles [754.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Carroll County

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

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Daviess County

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

Warren County

Our profile page for Browning, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 305 miles [490.8 km] to the West Southwest

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York County

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

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Leflore County

Our profile page for Browning, Leflore County   [Map]
Distance: About 604 miles [972 km] to the Southwest

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Linn County

Our profile page for Browning, Linn County   [Map]
Distance: About 615 miles [989.7 km] to the West

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Glacier County

Our profile page for Browning, Glacier County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,680 miles [2,703.7 km] to the Northwest

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Our profile page for Browning   [Map]
Distance: About 1,255 miles [2,019.7 km] to the Northwest

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Smith County

Our profile page for Browning, Smith County   [Map]
Distance: About 879 miles [1,414.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Browning ...

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.

Cuba   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South of Browning   [Map]
Drift Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Jerrys Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Lone Cedar   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Manganese (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Neptune   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
New Era   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Polk   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Pond Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Powers (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Ravenswood   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Ravenswood Ferry (OH)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rockport   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Skull Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Windy   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [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 Browning. 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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Browning

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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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 Browning, 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 beginning in Browning. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Browning) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Browning. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0245, Longitude: -81.6610     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Browning 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 Browning 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 310.664 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.616 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.657 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 Browning 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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