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The location of Eastgulf









Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Eastgulf to Beckley, 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 52 miles [83.7 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 over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 246 miles [395.9 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 6,132 miles [9,868.5 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 6,842 miles [11,011.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,718 miles [7,592.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Eastgulf ...

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.

Amigo   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest of Eastgulf   [Map]

Big Stick   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Blackeagle   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Coal City   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Helen   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]

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

Josephine   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Lego   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

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

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

Princewick   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Slab Fork   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Stonecoal Junction   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Winding Gulf   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Eastgulf. 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 4 miles [6.4 km] to the northwest of Eastgulf

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<7>

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Eastgulf

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Eastgulf. 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Eastgulf) 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 Eastgulf. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Eastgulf

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Eastgulf. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6300, Longitude: -81.2946     [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 Eastgulf 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 310.47 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.189 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.949 degrees.

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<7>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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