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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Marlinton [Map], which is the Seat of Pocahontas County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Burr to Marlinton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 85 miles [136.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 175 miles [281.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,063 miles [9,757.5 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 6,772 miles [10,898.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,648 miles [7,480.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Burr ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Burr.

While the name Burr is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Tulare County

Our profile page for Burr, Tulare County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,134 miles [3,434.3 km] to the West


Rockcastle County

Our profile page for Burr, Rockcastle County   [Map]
Distance: About 234 miles [376.6 km] to the West


Yellow Medicine County

Our profile page for Burr, Yellow Medicine County   [Map]
Distance: About 957 miles [1,540.1 km] to the Northwest


Ripley County

Our profile page for Burr, Ripley County   [Map]
Distance: About 607 miles [976.9 km] to the West

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Otoe County

Our profile page for Burr, Otoe County   [Map]
Distance: About 880 miles [1,416.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Our profile page for Burr   [Map]
Distance: About 436 miles [701.7 km] to the North Northeast

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Our profile page for Burr   [Map]
Distance: About 1,543 miles [2,483.2 km] to the Northwest

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Wharton County

Our profile page for Burr, Wharton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,093 miles [1,759 km] to the West Southwest

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Walla Walla County

Our profile page for Burr, Walla Walla County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,029 miles [3,265.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Vernon County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Burr ...

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.

Beard   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West of Burr   [Map]
Buckeye   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Droop   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Droop Mountain   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Greenwood (VA) (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Huntersville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Locust   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Mill Run (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Minnehaha Springs   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Raintown   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Spice   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Sue   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Trainer   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Violet   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [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 Burr. 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.

Mary Johnston
  Author. She was born in Buchanan (Virginia) on Monday November 21, 1870 and died in Warm Springs (Virginia) on Saturday May 9, 1936 at an age of 65. She was buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Buchanan [Map] is located 43 miles [69.2 km] to the southeast of Burr

Warm Springs [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Burr

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Johnston<8>

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Burr. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0657, Longitude: -80.1051     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Burr 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 Burr 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 309.748 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.429 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.305 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 Burr 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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