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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Williamson [Map], which is the Seat of Mingo County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 53 miles [85.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Burch to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 290 miles [466.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,165 miles [9,921.6 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 6,878 miles [11,069.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,753 miles [7,649.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Burch ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Burch.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Burch. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 5 communities in the United States - with 6 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


Gila County

Our profile page for Burch, Gila County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,628 miles [2,620 km] to the West


Calvert County

Our profile page for Burch, Calvert County   [Map]
Distance: About 305 miles [490.8 km] to the East


Wayne County

Our profile page for Burch, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 448 miles [721 km] to the West

North Carolina

Surry County

Our profile page for Burch, Surry County   [Map]
Distance: About 126 miles [202.8 km] to the Southeast

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Marshall County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Burch ...

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.

Blackberry City   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South of Burch   [Map]
Borderland   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Cinderella   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Goodman   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Goody (KY)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hardy (KY)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
New Camp (KY)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Parsley Bottom   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pine Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Puritan Mines   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Ragland   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Red Jacket   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Scarlet   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Stringtown (KY)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Turkey Creek (KY)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [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 Burch. 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.

William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Burch

Stirrat [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the east of Burch

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Burch. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7201, Longitude: -82.1915     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Burch 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 Burch 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 311.009 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.818 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.301 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Burch 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:

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