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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 Gilliam, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Gilliam 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 Gilliam:
    • 37.424004, -81.415103
    • 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 Gilliam
  • 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 Gilliam ...

We have found four communities that share the name Gilliam.

Within West Virginia, the name Gilliam is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Kansas
      • Rush County
      • This community is historic<1> and although located in Rush County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rush County community of Gilliam.
    • Louisiana
      • Caddo Parish
      • This Gilliam is located in Caddo Parish and lies 769 miles [1,237.6 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Gilliam that is located in McDowell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilliam
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Caddo Parish community of Gilliam.
    • Missouri
      • Saline County
      • This Gilliam is located in Saline County and lies 639 miles [1,028.4 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Gilliam that is located in McDowell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilliam
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saline County community of Gilliam.
    • Washington
      • Walla Walla County
      • This Gilliam is located in Walla Walla County and lies 1,966 miles [3,164 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Gilliam that is located in McDowell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilliam
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Walla Walla County community of Gilliam.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Gilliam ...

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.

  • Big Four [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Four
    • Big Four [McDowell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the west of Gilliam
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Big Four have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Four
  • Bottom Creek [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bottom Creek
    • Bottom Creek [McDowell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the west of Gilliam
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bottom Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bottom Creek
  • Cherokee [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherokee
    • Cherokee [McDowell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the east of Gilliam
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cherokee have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cherokee
  • Clark [McDowell County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clark
    • Clark [McDowell County] was located less than 2 miles<2> to the southwest of Gilliam
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clark have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Continue List   (5 more) ...
    • Crumpler [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crumpler
      • Crumpler [McDowell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the east of Gilliam
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crumpler have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crumpler
    • Elkhorn [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkhorn
      • Elkhorn [McDowell County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the south of Gilliam
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elkhorn
    • Keystone [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keystone
      • Keystone [McDowell County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the west of Gilliam
      • Estimated population in 2019: 223 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Keystone have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Keystone
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Keystone<4>
    • Switchback [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Switchback
      • Switchback [McDowell County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Gilliam
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Switchback have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Switchback
    • Worth [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Worth
      • Worth [McDowell County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Gilliam
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Worth have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Worth

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 Gilliam. 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 ...
    • William McGarvey 'Bullet' Dudley     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Bluefield (Virginia) on Saturday December 24, 1921 and died in Lynchburg (Virginia) on Thursday February 4, 2010 at the age of 88. He is buried at Spring Hill Cemetery (Lynchburg City, Virginia).
      • Bluefield is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Gilliam.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William McGarvey 'Bullet' Dudley<5>
    • Earl Coleman Francis     (Major League Baseball)
      • 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 the age of 67. He is buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania).
      • Slab Fork is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Gilliam.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<5>
    • Alex Hawkins     (Professional football)
      • 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 the age of 80. We don't have any burial details.
      • Welch is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the west of Gilliam.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins<5>
    • Joe Stydahar     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Kaylor (Pennsylvania) on Sunday March 17, 1912 and died in Beckley (West Virginia) on Wednesday March 23, 1977 at the age of 65. He is buried at Shinnston Memorial Cemetery (Harrison County, West Virginia).
      • Beckley is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northeast of Gilliam.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Stydahar<5>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Welch, which is the Seat of McDowell County and lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the west. If you could walk a straight line from Gilliam to Welch, with an average speed<6> 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 64 miles [103 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 about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) 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<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,146 miles [9,891 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,856 miles [11,033.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,732 miles [7,615.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Gilliam. 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>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 Gilliam, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>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- Gilliam) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gilliam. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4240, Longitude: -81.4151       In this case, the coordinates for Gilliam 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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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.
<6>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.
<7>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 Gilliam to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.545 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.244 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.065 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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