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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 Michigan, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Michigan 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 Michigan:
    • 38.078444, -81.083713
    • 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 Michigan
  • 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 Michigan ...

We have found four communities that share the name Michigan.

Within West Virginia, the name Michigan is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Colorado
      • Park 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 Colorado community of Michigan [Park County].
    • Kansas
      • Osage 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 Kansas community of Michigan [Osage County].
    • North Dakota
      • Nelson County
      • This Michigan is located in Nelson County and lies 1,096 miles [1,763.8 km]<2> to the northwest of the Michigan that is located in Fayette County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Michigan
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Nelson County community of Michigan.
    • Vermont
      • Rutland County
      • This Michigan is located in Rutland County and lies 581 miles [935 km]<2> to the northeast of the Michigan that is located in Fayette County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Michigan
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rutland County community of Michigan.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Michigan ...

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.

  • Beauty [Fayette County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beauty
    • Beauty [Fayette County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Michigan
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beauty have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beauty
  • Carver [Fayette County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carver
    • Carver [Fayette County] was located less than 2 miles<2> to the south of Michigan
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carver have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Chimney Corner [Fayette County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chimney Corner
    • Chimney Corner [Fayette County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Michigan
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chimney Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chimney Corner
  • Cotton Hill [Fayette County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cotton Hill
    • Cotton Hill [Fayette County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Michigan
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cotton Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cotton Hill
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Edmond [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edmond
      • Edmond [Fayette County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the east of Michigan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edmond have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edmond
    • Hawks Nest [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hawks Nest
      • Hawks Nest [Fayette County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Michigan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hawks Nest have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hawks Nest
    • Hopewell [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hopewell
      • Hopewell [Fayette County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Michigan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hopewell have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hopewell
    • Mountain Cove [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain Cove
      • Mountain Cove [Fayette County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the northeast of Michigan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mountain Cove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Cove
    • Spy Rock [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spy Rock
      • Spy Rock [Fayette County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the east of Michigan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spy Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spy Rock
    • Sunnyside [Fayette County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunnyside
      • Sunnyside [Fayette County] was located less than 2 miles<2> to the northwest of Michigan
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunnyside have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.

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 Michigan. 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 ...
    • 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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest of Michigan.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pattie Ruffner Jacobs<4>
    • 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 21 miles [33.8 km] to the south of Michigan.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Stydahar<4>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<5> community of Michigan once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Michigan and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Fayetteville, which is the Seat of Fayette County and lies just to the South Southwest.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<2> to the west northwest (WNW). If you could walk a straight line from Michigan to Charleston, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 225 miles [362.1 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,103 miles [9,821.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,814 miles [10,966.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,690 miles [7,547.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Fayette County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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 Michigan 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Michigan) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Michigan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0784, Longitude: -81.0837       In this case, the coordinates for Michigan 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>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.
<5>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 Michigan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<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 Michigan 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 310.335 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.10 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.716 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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