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The location of Durbin









Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Marlinton [Map], which is the Seat of Pocahontas County, lies 26 miles [41.8 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Durbin to Marlinton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 98 miles [157.7 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 152 miles [244.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,030 miles [9,704.3 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 6,740 miles [10,847 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,616 miles [7,428.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Durbin ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Durbin.

While the name Durbin is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Florida

Saint Johns County

Our profile page for Durbin, Saint Johns County   [Map]

Distance: About 591 miles [951.1 km] to the South.

Indiana

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Durbin, Hamilton County   [Map]

Distance: About 341 miles [548.8 km] to the West Northwest.

Kentucky

Boyd County

Our profile page for Durbin, Boyd County   [Map]

Distance: About 151 miles [243 km] to the West.

Missouri

Wright County

Our profile page for Durbin, Wright County   [Map]

Distance: About 694 miles [1,116.9 km] to the West.

North Dakota

Cass County

Our profile page for Durbin, Cass County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,044 miles [1,680.2 km] to the Northwest.

Ohio

Clark County

Our profile page for Durbin, Clark County   [Map]

Distance: About 236 miles [379.8 km] to the West Northwest.

Mercer County

Our profile page for Durbin, Mercer County   [Map]

Distance: About 294 miles [473.1 km] to the West Northwest.

Oregon

Marion County

Our profile page for Durbin, Marion County   [Map]

Distance: About 2,234 miles [3,595.3 km] to the West Northwest.

Pennsylvania

Greene County

Our profile page for Durbin, Greene County   [Map]

Distance: About 100 miles [160.9 km] to the North Northwest.

Wyoming

Natrona County

Our profile page for Durbin, Natrona County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Durbin ...

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.

Burner   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Durbin   [Map]

Deer Creek   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Elkwater   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Frank   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]

Gertrude (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Green Bank   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Mace   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

May   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Mingo   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Olive   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

Spangler   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Spruce   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Valley Head   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [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 Durbin. 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.

Marshall 'Biggie' Goldberg

Professional football. He was born in Elkins (West Virginia) on Wednesday October 24, 1917 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Monday April 3, 2006 at an age of 88. He was buried at Ridge Lawn Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Elkins [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Durbin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marshall 'Biggie' Goldberg<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Pocahontas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Durbin. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Durbin) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Durbin. 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 Durbin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Durbin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5470, Longitude: -79.8278     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Durbin 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 Durbin 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 309.567 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.294 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.024 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 Durbin 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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