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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Hinton [Map], which is the Seat of Summers County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 67 miles [107.8 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Buck 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 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 6,113 miles [9,837.9 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 Buck ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Buck.

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Kentucky

Knott County

Our profile page for Buck, Knott County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Knott County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

North Carolina

Wilkes County

Our profile page for Buck, Wilkes County   [Map]
Distance: About 102 miles [164.2 km] to the South Southwest

Pennsylvania

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Buck, Lancaster County   [Map]
Distance: About 292 miles [469.9 km] to the East Northeast

Texas

Polk County

Our profile page for Buck, Polk County
Although located in Polk County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Virginia

Carroll County

Our profile page for Buck, Carroll County   [Map]
Distance: About 55 miles [88.5 km] to the South

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Buck ...

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.

Creamery   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East of Buck   [Map]
Crossroads   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Crumps Bottom   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Egypt (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Grahams Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Greenville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hix   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Indian Mills   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Lilly (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Marie   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Packs Ferry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pipestem   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Suck Creek   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Wayside   -   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 Buck. 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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the west of Buck

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>
 
Erwin Coolidge Bob Porterfield
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Newport (Virginia) on Friday August 10, 1923 and died in Charlotte (North Carolina) on Monday April 28, 1980 at an age of 56. He was buried at Sharon Memorial Park (Mecklenburg County, North Carolina) [Map].

Newport [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of Buck

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Erwin Coolidge Bob Porterfield

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Buck. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6018, Longitude: -80.8240     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Buck 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 Buck 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 310.189 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.863 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.761 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 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 Buck 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Buck.