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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Browning to:

  • Hinton [Map], which is the Seat of Summers County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 63 miles [101.4 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Browning to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three 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 224 miles [360.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,112 miles [9,836.3 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 6,822 miles [10,978.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,698 miles [7,560.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

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 2,075 miles [3,339.4 km] to the West


Polk County

Our profile page for Browning, Polk County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
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 418 miles [672.7 km] to the South Southwest


Schuyler County

Our profile page for Browning, Schuyler County   [Map]
Distance: About 538 miles [865.8 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 319 miles [513.4 km] to the West

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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 592 miles [952.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Linn County

Our profile page for Browning, Linn County   [Map]
Distance: About 681 miles [1,096 km] to the West Northwest

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Glacier County

Our profile page for Browning, Glacier County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,770 miles [2,848.5 km] to the Northwest

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Our profile page for Browning   [Map]
Distance: About 1,352 miles [2,175.8 km] to the Northwest

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Smith County

Our profile page for Browning, Smith County   [Map]
Distance: About 881 miles [1,417.8 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.

Buck   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast of Browning   [Map]
Crossroads   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Egypt (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Grahams Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Hix   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Indian Mills   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Jumping Branch   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Lilly (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Marie   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Packs Ferry   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pluto   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ramp   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Sandstone   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Streeter   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Suck Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Browning

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Browning. 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' distance that begins 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: 37.6523, Longitude: -80.8581     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Browning 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 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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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.208 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.893 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.759 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 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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<8>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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