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The location of Eckman









Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Welch [Map], which is the Seat of McDowell County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 65 miles [104.6 km] to the North (N). If you could walk a straight line from Eckman to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 261 miles [420 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,149 miles [9,895.9 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 6,859 miles [11,038.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,735 miles [7,620.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Eckman ...

While the name Eckman is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

North Dakota

Bottineau County

Our profile page for Eckman, Bottineau County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,251 miles [2,013.3 km] to the Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Eckman ...

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.

Big Four   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West of Eckman   [Map]

Black Wolf   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Bottom Creek   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Clark (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]

Elkhorn   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Keystone   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Skygusty   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

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

Switchback   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Worth   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [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 Eckman. 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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Eckman

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 6 miles [9.7 km] to the west of Eckman

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About McDowell County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Eckman. 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' (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- Eckman) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Eckman. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4046, Longitude: -81.4643     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Eckman 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 Eckman 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 310.575 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.275 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.092 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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