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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 Gem, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Gem 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 Gem:
    • 38.829263, -80.667596
    • 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 Gem
  • 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 Gem ...

We have found thirteen communities that share the name Gem.

Within West Virginia, the name Gem is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another thirteen communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these thirteen communities, twelve are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alberta
      • This Gem lies 1,735 miles [2,792.2 km]<1> to the northwest of the Gem that is located in Braxton County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gem
    • Georgia
      • Bulloch County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Gem [Bulloch County].
    • Idaho
      • Shoshone County
      • This Gem is located in Shoshone County and lies 1,852 miles [2,980.5 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Gem that is located in Braxton County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gem
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Shoshone County community of Gem.
    • Indiana
      • Hancock County
      • This Gem is located in Hancock County and lies 286 miles [460.3 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Gem that is located in Braxton County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gem
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hancock County community of Gem.
    • Kansas
      • Reno County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Gem [Reno County].
      • Thomas County
      • This Gem is located in Thomas County and lies 1,082 miles [1,741.3 km]<1> to the west of the Gem that is located in Braxton County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gem
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Thomas County community of Gem.
    • Michigan
      • Ontonagon County
      • This Gem is located in Ontonagon County and lies 683 miles [1,099.2 km]<1> to the northwest of the Gem that is located in Braxton County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gem
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Ontonagon County community of Gem.
    • North Carolina
      • Buncombe County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Carolina community of Gem [Buncombe County].
    • Ohio
      • Noble County
      • This Gem is located in Noble County and lies 70 miles [112.7 km]<1> to the northwest of the Gem that is located in Braxton County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gem
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Noble County community of Gem.
    • Oregon
      • Klamath County
      • This Gem is located in Klamath County and lies 2,147 miles [3,455.3 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Gem that is located in Braxton County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gem
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Klamath County community of Gem.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Fulton County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Pennsylvania community of Gem [Fulton County].
    • South Dakota
      • Brown County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the South Dakota community of Gem [Brown County].
    • Texas
      • Hemphill County
      • This Gem is located in Hemphill County and lies 1,086 miles [1,747.7 km]<1> to the west of the Gem that is located in Braxton County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gem
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hemphill County community of Gem.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Gem ...

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.

  • Bonnie [Braxton County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonnie
    • Bonnie [Braxton County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Gem
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bonnie have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonnie
  • Bower [Braxton County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bower
    • Bower [Braxton County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Gem
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bower have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bower
  • Bulltown [Braxton County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bulltown
    • Bulltown [Braxton County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Gem
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bulltown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bulltown
  • Copen [Braxton County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Copen
    • Copen [Braxton County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Gem
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Copen have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Copen
  • Continue List   (9 more) ...
    • Cutlips [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cutlips
      • Cutlips [Braxton County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Gem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cutlips have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cutlips
    • Dusk [Gilmer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dusk
      • Dusk [Gilmer County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Gem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dusk have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dusk
    • Dutch [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dutch
      • Dutch [Braxton County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Gem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dutch have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dutch
    • Exchange [Braxton County]
    • Flower [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flower
      • Flower [Braxton County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Gem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flower have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flower
    • Heaters [Braxton County]
    • Lloydsville [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lloydsville
      • Lloydsville [Braxton County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Gem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lloydsville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lloydsville
    • Orlando [Braxton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orlando
      • Orlando [Braxton County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Gem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Orlando have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orlando
    • Stouts Mills [Gilmer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stouts Mills
      • Stouts Mills [Gilmer County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Gem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stouts Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stouts Mills

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Sutton, which is the Seat of Braxton County and lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Gem to Sutton, with an average speed<5> 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, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 61 miles [98.2 km] to the west southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 195 miles [313.8 km] to the east (E). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,052 miles [9,739.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,766 miles [10,888.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,641 miles [7,469 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Braxton County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Gem. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gem) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gem. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8293, Longitude: -80.6676       In this case, the coordinates for Gem have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Gem 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.
<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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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 Gem 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 310.064 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.903 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.288 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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