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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 Goodwill, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Goodwill 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 Goodwill:
    • 37.354283, -81.289545
    • 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 Goodwill
  • 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 Goodwill ...

We have found eight communities that share the name Goodwill.

Within West Virginia, the name Goodwill is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Georgia
      • Franklin 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 Goodwill [Franklin County].
    • Louisiana
      • Webster Parish
      • This Goodwill is located in Webster Parish and lies 760 miles [1,223.1 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Goodwill that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodwill
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Webster Parish community of Goodwill.
      • West Carroll Parish
      • This Goodwill is located in West Carroll Parish and lies 660 miles [1,062.2 km] to the west southwest of the Goodwill that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodwill
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the West Carroll Parish community of Goodwill.
    • Maryland
      • Worcester County
      • This Goodwill is located in Worcester County and lies 320 miles [515 km]<2> to the east of the Goodwill that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodwill
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Worcester County community of Goodwill.
    • North Carolina
      • Forsyth 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 North Carolina community of Goodwill [Forsyth County].
    • South Dakota
      • Roberts County
      • This Goodwill is located in Roberts County and lies 991 miles [1,594.9 km]<2> to the northwest of the Goodwill that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodwill
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Roberts County community of Goodwill.
    • Texas
      • Burleson County
      • This Goodwill is located in Burleson County and lies 991 miles [1,594.9 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Goodwill that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodwill
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Burleson County community of Goodwill.
      • Washington County
      • This Goodwill is located in Washington County and lies 983 miles [1,582 km] to the west southwest of the Goodwill that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodwill
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washington County community of Goodwill.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Goodwill ...

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.

  • Abbs Valley [Mercer County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abbs Valley
    • Abbs Valley [Mercer County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the south of Goodwill
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Abbs Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Bluestone [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluestone
    • Bluestone [Mercer County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southwest of Goodwill
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bluestone have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bluestone
  • Cherokee [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherokee
    • Cherokee [McDowell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Goodwill
    • 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
  • Coaldale [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coaldale
    • Coaldale [Mercer County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the west of Goodwill
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coaldale have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coaldale
  • Continue List   (8 more) ...
    • Coopers [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coopers
      • Coopers [Mercer County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the southwest of Goodwill
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coopers
    • Flipping [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flipping
      • Flipping [Mercer County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Goodwill
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flipping have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flipping
    • Freeman [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freeman
      • Freeman [Mercer County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southwest of Goodwill
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Freeman have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Freeman
    • Littlesburg [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littlesburg
      • Littlesburg [Mercer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Goodwill
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Littlesburg
    • Pocahontas [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pocahontas
      • Pocahontas [Tazewell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Goodwill
      • Estimated population in 2019: 353 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pocahontas
    • Rock [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock
      • Rock [Mercer County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the east of Goodwill
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rock<4>
    • Sandlick [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandlick
      • Sandlick [Mercer County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the east of Goodwill
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sandlick have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandlick
    • Yards [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yards
      • Yards [Mercer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the south of Goodwill
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Yards have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yards

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 Goodwill. 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)
    • 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 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Goodwill.
      • 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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the west of Goodwill.
      • 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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Goodwill.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Stydahar<5>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Princeton, which is the Seat of Mercer County and lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the east. If you could walk a straight line from Goodwill to Princeton, 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 71 miles [114.3 km] to the north northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take 4 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 254 miles [408.8 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 6,144 miles [9,887.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,853 miles [11,028.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,729 miles [7,610.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Goodwill. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3543, Longitude: -81.2895       In this case, the coordinates for Goodwill 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 Goodwill 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 310.471 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.149 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.034 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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