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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Sutton [Map], which is the Seat of Braxton County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 60 miles [96.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could walk a straight line from Centralia 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 about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 191 miles [307.4 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,057 miles [9,747.8 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 6,770 miles [10,895.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,645 miles [7,475.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Centralia ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Centralia.

While the name Centralia is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Sacramento County

Our profile page for Centralia, Sacramento County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,180 miles [3,508.4 km] to the West Northwest


Hernando County

Our profile page for Centralia, Hernando County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 700 miles [1,126.5 km] to the South

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Centralia, Hillsborough County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 743 miles [1,195.7 km] to the South


Marion County

Our profile page for Centralia, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 461 miles [741.9 km] to the West

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Dubuque County

Our profile page for Centralia, Dubuque County   [Map]
Distance: About 600 miles [965.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Cherokee County

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

Nemaha County

Our profile page for Centralia, Nemaha County   [Map]
Distance: About 835 miles [1,343.8 km] to the West

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Boone County

Our profile page for Centralia, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 622 miles [1,001 km] to the West

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Chautauqua County

Our profile page for Centralia, Chautauqua County   [Map]
Distance: About 259 miles [416.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Craig County

Our profile page for Centralia, Craig County   [Map]
Distance: About 816 miles [1,313.2 km] to the West

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Our profile page for Centralia   [Map]
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the North

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Columbia County

Our profile page for Centralia, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 270 miles [434.5 km] to the Northeast

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Trinity County

Our profile page for Centralia, Trinity County   [Map]
Distance: About 962 miles [1,548.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Chesterfield County

Our profile page for Centralia, Chesterfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 189 miles [304.2 km] to the East Southeast

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Lewis County

Our profile page for Centralia, Lewis County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,194 miles [3,530.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Wood County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Centralia ...

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.

Bakers Run   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest of Centralia   [Map]
Big Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Diana   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Fishers Crossing   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Flatwoods   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Gregory   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Guardian   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Holly   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Little Birch   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
McNutt   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Tesla   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Thrash (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Waggy (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Centralia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6232, Longitude: -80.5679     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Centralia 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 Centralia 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 310.01 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.81 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.315 degrees.

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<7>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 Centralia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 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 Centralia 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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