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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Bula to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Bula to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Morgantown [Map], which is the Seat of Monongalia County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Bula to Morgantown, with an average speed<2> 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 five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 118 miles [189.9 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 180 miles [289.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,997 miles [9,651.2 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 6,713 miles [10,803.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,588 miles [7,383.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bula ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Bula.

While the name Bula is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Mississippi

Bolivar County

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

Texas

Bailey County

Our profile page for Bula, Bailey County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,296 miles [2,085.7 km] to the West

Virginia

Goochland County

Our profile page for Bula, Goochland County   [Map]
Distance: About 178 miles [286.5 km] to the Southeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Bula ...

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.

Brave (PA)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North of Bula   [Map]
Crossroads   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hero (PA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Hunting Hills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Jakes Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jollytown (PA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Maple   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Miracle Run   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Pine Bank (PA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ragtown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Sandy   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Shamrock (PA)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [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 Bula. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Bula

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<8>
 
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the east of Bula

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

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About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Monongalia County: www.co.monongalia.wv.us/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bula. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.7031, Longitude: -80.2573     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bula 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 Bula 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 309.782 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.713 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.806 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 Bula 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 Bula.



 
 
 

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