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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Philippi [Map], which is the Seat of Barbour County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 93 miles [149.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Century to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 169 miles [272 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 6,020 miles [9,688.3 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 6,734 miles [10,837.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,609 miles [7,417.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Century ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Century.

While the name Century is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Florida

Escambia County

Our profile page for Century, Escambia County   [Map]
Distance: About 688 miles [1,107.2 km] to the Southwest

Georgia

Lee County

Our profile page for Century, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 559 miles [899.6 km] to the South Southwest

North Carolina

Wake County

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

Oklahoma

Ottawa County

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

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Pennsylvania

Fayette County

Our profile page for Century, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 64 miles [103 km] to the North Northeast

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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 in Century. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Century) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Century. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0998, Longitude: -80.1887     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Century 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 Century 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 309.764 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.602 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.987 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Century.