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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Huntington [Map], which is the Seat of Cabell County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 44 miles [70.8 km] to the East (E). If you could walk a straight line from Brownstown to Charleston, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 293 miles [471.5 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,144 miles [9,887.8 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 6,860 miles [11,040.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,735 miles [7,620.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Brownstown ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Brownstown.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Brownstown. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 16 communities in the United States - with 17 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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Sumter County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Sumter County   [Map]
Distance: About 505 miles [812.7 km] to the Southwest


Sevier County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Sevier County   [Map]
Distance: About 720 miles [1,158.7 km] to the West Southwest


Fayette County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 352 miles [566.5 km] to the West


Crawford County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 219 miles [352.4 km] to the West

Jackson County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 196 miles [315.4 km] to the West

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Montgomery County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 282 miles [453.8 km] to the East

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Wayne County

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

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Brown County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Brown County   [Map]
Distance: About 83 miles [133.6 km] to the West Northwest

Butler County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Butler County
This community is historic.
Although located in Butler County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Ross County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Ross County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 81 miles [130.4 km] to the North Northwest

Wyandot County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Wyandot County   [Map]
Distance: About 167 miles [268.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Armstrong County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Armstrong County   [Map]
Distance: About 214 miles [344.4 km] to the Northeast

Cambria County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Cambria County   [Map]
Distance: About 229 miles [368.5 km] to the Northeast

Fayette County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 182 miles [292.9 km] to the Northeast

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Lancaster County   [Map]
Distance: About 353 miles [568.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Yakima County

Our profile page for Brownstown, Yakima County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,000 miles [3,218.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Brownstown ...

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.

Chancellor Hills   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast of Brownstown   [Map]
Crescent Lake (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Garden Farms   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Getaway (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Glenroy (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Harveytown   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Lincoln Park (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Lockdale (OH)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Park Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Rockwood (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Spring Valley   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Walnut Park (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Willowvale (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brownstown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4190, Longitude: -82.4543     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Brownstown 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 Brownstown 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 311.161 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.094 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.198 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 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 Brownstown 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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