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The location of Dunns









Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Dunns to Princeton, 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 63 miles [101.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 237 miles [381.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,125 miles [9,857.2 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 6,835 miles [10,999.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,711 miles [7,581.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Dunns ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Dunns.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Dunns. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 4 communities in the United States - with 5 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Alabama

Covington County

Our profile page for Dunns, Covington County   [Map]

Distance: About 522 miles [840.1 km] to the Southwest.

Indiana

Jasper County

Our profile page for Dunns, Jasper County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Jasper County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Maine

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Dunns, Cumberland County   [Map]

Distance: About 714 miles [1,149.1 km] to the Northeast.

Virginia

Bath County

Our profile page for Dunns, Bath County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 75 miles [120.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Dunns ...

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.

Cherry Creek   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North of Dunns   [Map]

Cool Ridge   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Flat Top   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hill Top   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Jumping Branch   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lick Creek   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lilly (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Odd   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pipestem   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Spanishburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Speedway   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Streeter   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Suck Creek   -   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 Dunns. 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 18 miles [29 km] to the northwest of Dunns

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Dunns

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dunns. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5432, Longitude: -81.0531     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dunns 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 Dunns 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 310.327 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.012 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.876 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Dunns 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 Dunns, 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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