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The location of East Sewell









Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

How Far From East Sewell 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 East Sewell 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 East Sewell once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in East Sewell and extending to:

  • Fayetteville [Map], which is the Seat of Fayette County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 41 miles [66 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from East Sewell to Charleston, with an average speed<3> 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 just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 224 miles [360.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,105 miles [9,825 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 6,816 miles [10,969.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,691 miles [7,549.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near East Sewell ...

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.

Alaska (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South of East Sewell   [Map]

Beauty   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Bowlin   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Chestnut Knob   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Clifftop   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Edmond   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Fire Creek (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Meadow Fork   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Red Ash (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Rocklick   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Rush Run (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [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 East Sewell. 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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of East Sewell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Fayette County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in East Sewell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9829, Longitude: -81.0257     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for East Sewell 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 East Sewell 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 310.302 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.049 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.722 degrees.

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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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