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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 131 miles [210.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Bull Run to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 153 miles [246.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,982 miles [9,627.1 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 6,696 miles [10,776.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,572 miles [7,357.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bull Run ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Bull Run.

While the name Bull Run is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Terrebonne Parish

Our profile page for Bull Run, Terrebonne Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 930 miles [1,496.7 km] to the Southwest


Saint Mary's County

Our profile page for Bull Run, Saint Mary's County   [Map]
Distance: About 181 miles [291.3 km] to the East Southeast


Elko County

Our profile page for Bull Run, Elko County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Elko County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Ulster County

Our profile page for Bull Run, Ulster County   [Map]
Distance: About 321 miles [516.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Clackamas County

Our profile page for Bull Run, Clackamas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,172 miles [3,495.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Anderson County

Our profile page for Bull Run, Anderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 340 miles [547.2 km] to the Southwest

Davidson County

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

Knox County

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

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Newton County

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

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Fairfax County

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

Prince William County

Our profile page for Bull Run, Prince William County   [Map]
Distance: About 132 miles [212.4 km] to the East Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Bull Run ...

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.

Cascade   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest of Bull Run   [Map]
Cheat Lake   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Cheat Neck   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Herring   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hog Eye   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Hopewell   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Ices Ferry   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Kanes Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Laurel Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Little Sandy   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Masontown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pioneer Rocks   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Reedsville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Richard   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Rock Forge   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Rockville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sugar Valley   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Valley Point   -   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 Bull Run. 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 10 miles [16.1 km] to the west of Bull Run

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
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 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest of Bull Run

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Bull Run. 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 beginning in Bull Run. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bull Run) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bull Run. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5840, Longitude: -79.7701     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bull Run 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 Bull Run 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 309.49 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.363 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.634 degrees.

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<7>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 Bull Run, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Bull Run 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:

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