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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Carney once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Carney to:

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Carney to Charleston, with an average speed<3> 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 four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South (S). The buggy would take four to five hours and walking would take most of a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 246 miles [395.9 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,102 miles [9,820.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,817 miles [10,970.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,692 miles [7,551 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Carney ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Carney.

While the name Carney is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Baldwin County

Our profile page for Carney, Baldwin County   [Map]
Distance: About 630 miles [1,013.9 km] to the Southwest


Floyd County

Our profile page for Carney, Floyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 662 miles [1,065.4 km] to the West Northwest

Polk County

Our profile page for Carney, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 669 miles [1,076.7 km] to the West Northwest


Chautauqua County

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

Marshall County

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

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West Feliciana Parish

Our profile page for Carney, West Feliciana Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 765 miles [1,231.1 km] to the Southwest

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Baltimore County

Our profile page for Carney, Baltimore County   [Map]
Distance: About 277 miles [445.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Menominee County

Our profile page for Carney, Menominee County   [Map]
Distance: About 573 miles [922.2 km] to the North Northwest

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Sweet Grass County

Our profile page for Carney, Sweet Grass County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,533 miles [2,467.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Alamance County

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

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for Carney, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 868 miles [1,396.9 km] to the West

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Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Carney, Westmoreland County   [Map]
Distance: About 166 miles [267.2 km] to the Northeast

Wyoming County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Carney ...

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.

Advent   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Carney   [Map]
Frame   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Goldtown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hicumbottom   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Island Branch   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Kettle   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Legg   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Loop   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mount Tell   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Romance   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Carney. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the south of Carney

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Carney, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Carney. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Carney) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Carney. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5509, Longitude: -81.5860     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Carney have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Carney to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.629 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.506 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.778 degrees.

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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 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 Carney 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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