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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Buckhannon [Map], which is the Seat of Upshur County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Canaan to Buckhannon, 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 77 miles [123.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). 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 (E). 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 6,041 miles [9,722 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 6,753 miles [10,867.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,628 miles [7,448 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Canaan ...

We have found 29 communities that share the name Canaan.

While the name Canaan is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 29 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Lamar County

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

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Canaan, Lauderdale County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 491 miles [790.2 km] to the West Southwest

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Canaan, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 563 miles [906.1 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Lee County

Our profile page for Canaan, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 638 miles [1,026.8 km] to the West Southwest

Searcy County

Our profile page for Canaan, Searcy County   [Map]
Distance: About 709 miles [1,141 km] to the West Southwest

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Connecticut

Litchfield County

Our profile page for Canaan, Litchfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 430 miles [692 km] to the East Northeast

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Florida

Seminole County

Our profile page for Canaan, Seminole County   [Map]
Distance: About 689 miles [1,108.8 km] to the South

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Georgia

Morgan County

Our profile page for Canaan, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the South Southwest

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Indiana

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Canaan, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 269 miles [432.9 km] to the West

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Kansas

Chase County

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

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Maine

Somerset County

Our profile page for Canaan, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 690 miles [1,110.4 km] to the Northeast

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Mississippi

Benton County

Our profile page for Canaan, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 554 miles [891.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Gasconade County

Our profile page for Canaan, Gasconade County   [Map]
Distance: About 608 miles [978.5 km] to the West

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Canaan   [Map]
Distance: About 930 miles [1,496.7 km] to the Northeast

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New Hampshire

Grafton County

Our profile page for Canaan, Grafton County   [Map]
Distance: About 547 miles [880.3 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Columbia County

Our profile page for Canaan, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 439 miles [706.5 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Transylvania County

Our profile page for Canaan, Transylvania County   [Map]
Distance: About 288 miles [463.5 km] to the South Southwest

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Nova Scotia

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

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Ohio

Wayne County

Our profile page for Canaan, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 175 miles [281.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Canaan   [Map]
Distance: About 529 miles [851.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Oregon

Columbia County

Our profile page for Canaan, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,203 miles [3,545.4 km] to the West Northwest

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South Carolina

Dorchester County

Our profile page for Canaan, Dorchester County   [Map]
Distance: About 399 miles [642.1 km] to the South

Orangeburg County

Our profile page for Canaan, Orangeburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 375 miles [603.5 km] to the South

Spartanburg County

Our profile page for Canaan, Spartanburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 280 miles [450.6 km] to the South Southwest

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Tennessee

Maury County

Our profile page for Canaan, Maury County   [Map]
Distance: About 437 miles [703.3 km] to the West Southwest

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Canaan, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 425 miles [684 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Grayson County

Our profile page for Canaan, Grayson County   [Map]
Distance: About 965 miles [1,553 km] to the West Southwest

Limestone County

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

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Vermont

Essex County

Our profile page for Canaan, Essex County   [Map]
Distance: About 623 miles [1,002.6 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Canaan ...

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.

Carter   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North of Canaan   [Map]
Chemical (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Czar   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Eden   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Evergreen   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Hacker Valley   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Holly Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Little Wildcat (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Palace Valley   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Pickens   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Rock Cave   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Silica   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Wildcat   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Zion   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canaan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7445, Longitude: -80.2956     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canaan 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 Canaan 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 309.841 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.637 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.156 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 Canaan 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>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 Canaan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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