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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 Matewan, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Matewan 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 Matewan:
    • 37.620986, -82.159121
    • 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 Matewan
  • 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 Matewan ...

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.

  • Blackberry City [Mingo County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blackberry City
    • Blackberry City [Mingo County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of Matewan
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blackberry City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blackberry City
  • Board Tree [Pike County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Board Tree
    • Board Tree [Pike County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Matewan
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Board Tree have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Board Tree
  • Cedar [Mingo County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar
    • Cedar [Mingo County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Matewan
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar
  • Freeburn [Pike County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freeburn
    • Freeburn [Pike County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Matewan
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Freeburn
  • Continue List   (13 more) ...
    • Hardy [Pike County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hardy
      • Hardy [Pike County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Matewan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hardy have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hardy
    • Lynn [Mingo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lynn
      • Lynn [Mingo County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Matewan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lynn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lynn
    • Meathouse [Pike County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meathouse
      • Meathouse [Pike County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Matewan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meathouse have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meathouse
    • Narrows Branch [Pike County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Narrows Branch
      • Narrows Branch [Pike County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Matewan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Narrows Branch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Narrows Branch
    • New Thacker [Mingo County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Thacker
      • New Thacker [Mingo County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Matewan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Thacker have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Puritan Mines [Mingo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Puritan Mines
      • Puritan Mines [Mingo County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Matewan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Puritan Mines have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Puritan Mines
    • Ragland [Mingo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ragland
      • Ragland [Mingo County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Matewan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ragland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ragland
    • Ransom [Pike County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ransom
      • Ransom [Pike County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Matewan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ransom have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ransom
    • Red Jacket [Mingo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Jacket
      • Red Jacket [Mingo County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Matewan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Jacket have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Jacket
    • Stringtown [Pike County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stringtown
      • Stringtown [Pike County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Matewan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stringtown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stringtown
    • Thacker [Mingo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thacker
      • Thacker [Mingo County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Matewan
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thacker
    • Thacker Mines [Mingo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thacker Mines
      • Thacker Mines [Mingo County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Matewan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thacker Mines have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thacker Mines
    • Vulcan [Mingo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vulcan
      • Vulcan [Mingo County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Matewan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vulcan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vulcan

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 Matewan. 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 Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield     (Folk figure)
    • Milalrd 'Dixie' Howell     (Major League Baseball)

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Williamson, which is the Seat of Mingo County and lies just to the West Northwest.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 57 miles [91.7 km]<1> to the north northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Matewan to Charleston, with an average speed<4> 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) is 291 miles [468.3 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
    • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,168 miles [9,926.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,880 miles [11,072.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,756 miles [7,654 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Mingo County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Matewan. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Matewan) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Matewan. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from MatewanOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Matewan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6210, Longitude: -82.1591       In this case, the coordinates for Matewan 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 Matewan 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 310.991 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.782 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.318 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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