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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Oscar to:

  • Lewisburg [Map], which is the Seat of Greenbrier County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Oscar to Lewisburg, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 71 miles [114.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). 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 [Map]) is 189 miles [304.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,074 miles [9,775.2 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 6,784 miles [10,917.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,660 miles [7,499.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Oscar ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Oscar.

While the name Oscar is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Clay County

Our profile page for Oscar, Clay County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 906 miles [1,458.1 km] to the West Northwest


Ballard County

Our profile page for Oscar, Ballard County   [Map]
Distance: About 477 miles [767.7 km] to the West


Pointe Coupee Parish

Our profile page for Oscar, Pointe Coupee Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 813 miles [1,308.4 km] to the Southwest


Otter Tail County

Our profile page for Oscar, Otter Tail County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Otter Tail County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Texas County

Our profile page for Oscar, Texas County   [Map]
Distance: About 627 miles [1,009.1 km] to the West

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Hill County

Our profile page for Oscar, Hill County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,622 miles [2,610.4 km] to the Northwest

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Jackson County

Our profile page for Oscar, Jackson County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Jackson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Oscar, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,009 miles [1,623.8 km] to the West

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Our profile page for Oscar   [Map]
Distance: About 930 miles [1,496.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Armstrong County

Our profile page for Oscar, Armstrong County   [Map]
Distance: About 199 miles [320.3 km] to the North Northeast

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Bell County

Our profile page for Oscar, Bell County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,073 miles [1,726.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Oscar ...

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.

Beard   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East of Oscar   [Map]
Droop   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Droop Mountain   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Falling Spring   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Friars Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Golden   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Julia   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Leonard   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Locust   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Spice   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Spring Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Sunlight   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Trout   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Oscar. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oscar) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oscar. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0587, Longitude: -80.3676     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oscar 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 Oscar 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 309.905 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.607 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.419 degrees.

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<7>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 Oscar, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Oscar 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.

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