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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Buena to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Buena 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 Buena once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Buena to:

  • Parsons [Map], which is the Seat of Tucker County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Buena to Parsons, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours 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 126 miles [202.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 129 miles [207.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,994 miles [9,646.4 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 6,705 miles [10,790.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,581 miles [7,372.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Buena ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Buena.

While the name Buena is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

California

San Diego County

Our profile page for Buena, San Diego County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,129 miles [3,426.3 km] to the West

Kentucky

Calloway County

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

Maryland

Prince George's County

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

New Jersey

Atlantic County

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

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Virginia

Culpeper County

Our profile page for Buena, Culpeper County   [Map]
Distance: About 88 miles [141.6 km] to the East Southeast

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Washington

Yakima County

Our profile page for Buena, Yakima County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,110 miles [3,395.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Buena ...

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.

Dryfork   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest of Buena   [Map]
Elk   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Hopeville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Jordan Run   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Laneville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lime Rock (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mill Run (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Perlytown (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Stringtown (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Wyoming (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 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 Buena. 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.

Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the north of Buena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...



The Communities of West Virginia

About Tucker County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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



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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Buena. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0132, Longitude: -79.4456     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Buena 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 Buena 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 309.318 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.082 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.696 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 Buena 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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