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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Chemical 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 Chemical 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 Chemical once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Chemical to:

  • Buckhannon [Map], which is the Seat of Upshur County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Chemical to Buckhannon, 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 five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 80 miles [128.7 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 172 miles [276.8 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,037 miles [9,715.6 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 6,750 miles [10,863.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,625 miles [7,443.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Chemical ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Chemical.

While the name Chemical is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Florida

Pinellas County

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

Illinois

Madison County

Our profile page for Chemical, 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.

Pennsylvania

Centre County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Chemical ...

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 Northwest of Chemical   [Map]
Czar   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Eden   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Evergreen   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Hemlock   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Holly Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Imperial   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Palace Valley   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Pickens   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Rock Cave   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Silica   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Zion   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]

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The Communities of West Virginia

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chemical. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7598, Longitude: -80.2351     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chemical 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 Chemical 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 309.804 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.597 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.125 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 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 Chemical 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chemical.



 
 
 

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