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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 Goldtown, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Goldtown and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • 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 Goldtown:
    • 38.611757, -81.652905
    • 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 Goldtown
  • 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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Goldtown ...

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.

  • Advent [Jackson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Advent
    • Advent [Jackson County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Goldtown
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Advent have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Advent
  • Edgar [Jackson County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edgar
    • Edgar [Jackson County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Goldtown
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edgar have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Emma [Putnam County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Emma
    • Emma [Putnam County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Goldtown
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Emma have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emma
  • Hicumbottom [Kanawha County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hicumbottom
    • Hicumbottom [Kanawha County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Goldtown
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hicumbottom have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hicumbottom
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    • Island Branch [Kanawha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Island Branch
      • Island Branch [Kanawha County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Goldtown
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Island Branch
    • July [Roane County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for July
      • July [Roane County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Goldtown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for July have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Liberty [Putnam County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Liberty
      • Liberty [Putnam County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Goldtown
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liberty
    • Loop [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Loop
      • Loop [Jackson County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Goldtown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Loop have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Loop
    • Mount Tell [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Tell
      • Mount Tell [Jackson County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Goldtown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Tell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Tell
    • Plum Orchard [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plum Orchard
      • Plum Orchard [Jackson County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Goldtown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plum Orchard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plum Orchard
    • Romance [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Romance
      • Romance [Jackson County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Goldtown
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Romance
    • Young [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Young
      • Young [Jackson County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Goldtown
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Young have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Young

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 Goldtown. 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.

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    • 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northwest of Goldtown.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mel Clark<3>
    • Conchata Galen Ferrell     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Loudendale (West Virginia) on Sunday March 28, 1943 and died in Sherman Oaks (California) on Monday October 12, 2020 at the age of 77. She is buried at Forest Cemetery (Pickaway County, Ohio).
      • Loudendale is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the south of Goldtown.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Conchata Galen Ferrell<3>
    • 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 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Goldtown.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joseph Gilliam<3>
    • 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 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Goldtown.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<3>
    • Pattie Ruffner Jacobs     (Social reformer)
      • Social reformer. She was born in Malden (West Virginia) on Saturday October 2, 1875 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Sunday December 22, 1935 at the age of 60. She is buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Jefferson County, Alabama).
      • Malden is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the south of Goldtown.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pattie Ruffner Jacobs<3>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Ripley, which is the Seat of Jackson County and lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the north. If you could walk a straight line from Goldtown to Ripley, with an average speed<4> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the south (S). The buggy would take five to six hours and walking would take just over a day.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 249 miles [400.7 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 15 days.
    • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,102 miles [9,820.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,817 miles [10,970.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,693 miles [7,552.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Jackson County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Goldtown. 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Goldtown) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Goldtown. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6118, Longitude: -81.6529       In this case, the coordinates for Goldtown have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>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 Goldtown to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.668 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.56 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.788 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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