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Eccles, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Eccles to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Eccles to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies just to the East.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 43 miles [69.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Eccles to Charleston, with an average speed<2> 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 241 miles [387.9 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 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 6,124 miles [9,855.6 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 6,834 miles [10,998.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,710 miles [7,580 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Eccles ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Eccles.

While the name Eccles is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Santa Cruz County

Our profile page for Eccles, Santa Cruz County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 2,218 miles [3,569.5 km] to the West Northwest.


Fremont County

Our profile page for Eccles, Fremont County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,617 miles [2,602.3 km] to the West Northwest.


Chariton County

Our profile page for Eccles, Chariton County   [Map]

Distance: About 636 miles [1,023.5 km] to the West Northwest.


Lincoln County

Our profile page for Eccles, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,802 miles [2,900 km] to the West.


Weber County

Our profile page for Eccles, Weber County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,643 miles [2,644.2 km] to the West Northwest.


Washakie County

Our profile page for Eccles, Washakie County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,449 miles [2,331.9 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Eccles ...

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.

Cedar   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast of Eccles   [Map]

Crab Orchard   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Dry Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Glen Daniel   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Glen View   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Glen White   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Glen White Junction (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Harper Heights   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Hoohoo   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Jenny Gap (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lester   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Spangler Factory (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Surveyor   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Trap Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Eccles. 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 7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest of Eccles

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

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 southwest of Eccles

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 drawn from Point A (ie- Eccles) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Eccles. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7832, Longitude: -81.2659     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Eccles 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 Eccles 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 310.45 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 306.889 degrees.

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<7>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 Eccles, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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:

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