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The location of Echart









Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

  • Madison [Map], which is the Seat of Boone County, lies 20 miles [32.2 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Echart to Madison, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 37 miles [59.5 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 258 miles [415.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,137 miles [9,876.5 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 6,849 miles [11,022.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,724 miles [7,602.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Echart ...

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.

Bald Knob   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Echart   [Map]

Cyclone   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Dry Creek   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Greenwood   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Hatcher   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Lillyhaven   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

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

Pineknob   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Rocklick   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Sundial   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Twilight   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [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 Echart. 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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast of Echart

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

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Echart

Stirrat [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the west of Echart

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

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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Echart

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Boone 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 Echart, 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Echart) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Echart. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8112, Longitude: -81.6137     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Echart 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 Echart 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 310.659 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.431 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.027 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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