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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Pineville [Map], which is the Seat of Wyoming County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 49 miles [78.9 km] to the North (N). If you could walk a straight line from Clear Fork to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 266 miles [428.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,148 miles [9,894.2 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 6,859 miles [11,038.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,735 miles [7,620.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Clear Fork ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Clear Fork.

While the name Clear Fork is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Kentucky

Bell County

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

Missouri

Johnson County

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

Texas

Caldwell County

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

Virginia

Bland County

Our profile page for Clear Fork, Bland County   [Map]
Distance: About 39 miles [62.8 km] to the Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Clear Fork ...

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.

Coal Mountain   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest of Clear Fork   [Map]
Edith   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Fanny   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Fanrock   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Glover   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hatcher   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lillydale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Lillyhaven   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Lincoln   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Long Branch   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Sun Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Turkey   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Uno   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Wyoming   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [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 Clear Fork. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Clear Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>
 
Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Clear Fork

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Clear Fork. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Clear Fork. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Clear Fork) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Clear Fork. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Clear Fork

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clear Fork. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6308, Longitude: -81.6831     [Map].

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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 Clear Fork 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 310.703 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.455 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.113 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 Clear Fork 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>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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