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Laurel Fork, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Laurel Fork.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Laurel Fork and extending to:

  • Sutton [Map], which is the Seat of Braxton County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 56 miles [90.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could walk a straight line from Laurel Fork to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 196 miles [315.4 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,059 miles [9,751 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,772 miles [10,898.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,647 miles [7,478.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Laurel Fork ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Laurel Fork.

While the name Laurel Fork is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Carter County

Our profile page for Laurel Fork, Carter County   [Map]

Distance: About 186 miles [299.3 km] to the South Southwest.


Carroll County

Our profile page for Laurel Fork, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 136 miles [218.9 km] to the South.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Laurel Fork ...

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

Bakers Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast of Laurel Fork   [Map]

Bison   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Bonnie   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Exchange   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Flatwoods   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Gassaway   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Heaters   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Holly   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Little Otter   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Lloydsville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

McNutt   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Tesla   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Thrash (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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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- Laurel Fork) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Laurel Fork. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6893, Longitude: -80.6748     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Laurel Fork have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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.

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<3>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 Laurel Fork to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.072 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.892 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.339 degrees.

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