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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Union [Map], which is the Seat of Monroe County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Centennial to Union, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 88 miles [141.6 km] to the Northwest (NW). 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 200 miles [321.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,093 miles [9,805.7 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 6,801 miles [10,945.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,677 miles [7,526.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Centennial ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Centennial.

While the name Centennial is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 17 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arizona

La Paz County

Our profile page for Centennial, La Paz County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,865 miles [3,001.4 km] to the West

Colorado

Arapahoe County

Our profile page for Centennial, Arapahoe County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,327 miles [2,135.6 km] to the West Northwest

Georgia

Morgan County

Our profile page for Centennial, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 331 miles [532.7 km] to the Southwest

Indiana

Fountain County

Our profile page for Centennial, Fountain County   [Map]
Distance: About 407 miles [655 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Sumner County

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

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Maryland

Howard County

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

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Michigan

Houghton County

Our profile page for Centennial, Houghton County   [Map]
Distance: About 784 miles [1,261.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Montana

Madison County

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

Yellowstone County

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

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Centennial   [Map]
Distance: About 1,122 miles [1,805.7 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Lucas County

Our profile page for Centennial, Lucas County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 338 miles [544 km] to the North Northwest

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Ontario

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

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Oregon

Multnomah County

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

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Pennsylvania

Adams County

Our profile page for Centennial, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 234 miles [376.6 km] to the Northeast

Centre County

Our profile page for Centennial, Centre County   [Map]
Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Texas

Panola County

Our profile page for Centennial, Panola County   [Map]
Distance: About 860 miles [1,384 km] to the West Southwest

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Wyoming

Albany County

Our profile page for Centennial, Albany County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,394 miles [2,243.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Centennial ...

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.

Craig Springs (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South of Centennial   [Map]
Crimson Springs   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Gap Mills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Gates   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Gunn (VA)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Iron Hill Springs (VA)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Paint Bank (VA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Potts Creek (VA)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Secondcreek   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sweet Springs   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [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 Centennial. 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.

Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Newport (Virginia) on Friday August 10, 1923 and died in Charlotte (North Carolina) on Monday April 28, 1980 at an age of 56. He was buried at Sharon Memorial Park (Mecklenburg County, North Carolina) [Map].

Newport [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Centennial

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Centennial. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Centennial. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5826, Longitude: -80.3292     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Centennial 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 Centennial 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 309.895 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.524 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.56 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 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 Centennial 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 Centennial, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Centennial.



 
 
 

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