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The location of East









Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

  • Hamlin [Map], which is the Seat of Lincoln County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from East to Hamlin, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). The buggy would take five to six hours and walking would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 268 miles [431.3 km] to the East (E). 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,132 miles [9,868.5 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 6,846 miles [11,017.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,721 miles [7,597.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named East ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name East.

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

New Jersey

Passaic County

Our profile page for East, Passaic County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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

New York

Westchester County

Our profile page for East, Westchester County

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

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

Tennessee

Davidson County

Our profile page for East, Davidson County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near East ...

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.

Allen (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest of East   [Map]

Fork Junction   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Forks of Coal   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Horse Creek Junction   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Jenks   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Julian   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

River Bend   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Rock Creek   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Sweetland   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Tornado   -   9 miles [14.5 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 East. 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.

William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield

Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the south of East

Stirrat [Map] is located 34 miles [54.7 km] to the south of East

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<9>

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)

Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northeast of East

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in West Virginia

About Lincoln County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lincoln County: www.co.lincoln.wv.us/

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, 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) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in East. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2195, Longitude: -81.9360     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for East 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 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 310.848 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.707 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.036 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 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 East 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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<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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