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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Gay, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Gay and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Gay:
    • 38.770643, -81.553180
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Gay
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Gay ...

We have found nine communities that share the name Gay.

There is one other community in West Virginia which is also named Gay.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another eight communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Located In West Virginia ...
    • Logan County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the West Virginia community of Gay [Logan County].
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Randolph County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Alabama community of Gay [Randolph County].
    • Florida
      • Hernando County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Florida community of Gay [Hernando County].
    • Georgia
      • Meriwether County
      • This Gay is located in Meriwether County and lies 426 miles [685.6 km]<2> to the south southwest of the Gay that is located in Jackson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gay
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Meriwether County community of Gay.
      • Montgomery County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Gay [Montgomery County].
    • Idaho
      • Bingham County
      • This Gay is located in Bingham County and lies 1,612 miles [2,594.3 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Gay that is located in Jackson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gay
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bingham County community of Gay.
    • Michigan
      • Keweenaw County
      • This Gay is located in Keweenaw County and lies 672 miles [1,081.5 km]<2> to the north northwest of the Gay that is located in Jackson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gay
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Keweenaw County community of Gay.
    • North Carolina
      • Jackson County
      • This Gay is located in Jackson County and lies 258 miles [415.2 km]<2> to the south southwest of the Gay that is located in Jackson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gay
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jackson County community of Gay.
    • Oklahoma
      • Choctaw County
      • This Gay is located in Choctaw County and lies 848 miles [1,364.7 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Gay that is located in Jackson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gay
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Choctaw County community of Gay.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Gay ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Buffalo [Jackson County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buffalo
    • Buffalo [Jackson County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the north of Gay
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buffalo have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Clarence [Roane County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clarence
    • Clarence [Roane County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the east of Gay
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clarence have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clarence
  • Flatfork [Roane County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flatfork
    • Flatfork [Roane County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the southeast of Gay
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flatfork have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flatfork
  • Flint Town [Roane County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flint Town
    • Flint Town [Roane County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Gay
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flint Town have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flint Town
  • Continue List   (7 more) ...
    • Geneva [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Geneva
      • Geneva [Roane County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Gay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Geneva have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Geneva
    • Jingo [Roane County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jingo
      • Jingo [Roane County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the southeast of Gay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jingo have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Marshall [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marshall
      • Marshall [Jackson County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Gay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marshall have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marshall
    • Plum Orchard [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plum Orchard
      • Plum Orchard [Jackson County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Gay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plum Orchard have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plum Orchard
    • Red Knob [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Knob
      • Red Knob [Roane County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Gay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Knob have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Knob
    • Reedyville [Roane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reedyville
      • Reedyville [Roane County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Gay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reedyville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reedyville
    • Skidmore [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Skidmore
      • Skidmore [Jackson County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the west of Gay
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Skidmore have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Skidmore

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 Gay. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Mel Clark     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Letart (West Virginia) on Wednesday July 7, 1926 and died in West Columbia (West Virginia) on Thursday May 1, 2014 at the age of 87. He is buried at Sunrise Memorial Gardens (Mason County, West Virginia).
      • Letart is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the west of Gay.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mel Clark<4>
    • Joseph Gilliam     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Friday December 29, 1950 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Monday December 25, 2000 at the age of 50. He is buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee).
      • Charleston is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Gay.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joseph Gilliam<4>
    • Allison Hayes     (Actress)
      • 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 the age of 46.
      • Charleston is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Gay.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<4>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Gay and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Ripley, which is the Seat of Jackson County and lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the west northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Gay to Ripley, with an average speed<5> 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, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south (S). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take just about two full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 243 miles [391.1 km] to the east (E). 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<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,091 miles [9,802.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,807 miles [10,954.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,682 miles [7,534.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Jackson County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Gay. 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>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Gay 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.
<2>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- Gay) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gay. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7706, Longitude: -81.5532       In this case, the coordinates for Gay have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Gay to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.604 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.51 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.693 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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