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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Pond Gap to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Pond Gap to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Pond Gap to Charleston, 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 6 hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). The buggy would take 6 hours and walking would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 232 miles [373.4 km] to the East (E). 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 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,102 miles [9,820.2 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 6,815 miles [10,967.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,690 miles [7,547.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Pond Gap ...

While the name Pond Gap is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Augusta County

Our profile page for Pond Gap, Augusta County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 107 miles [172.2 km] to the East

Curious and Interesting Names Near Pond Gap ...

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.

Acup   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest of Pond Gap   [Map]
Boomer   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Carbondale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Crescent   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Dixie   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Eagle   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Glen   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Hollygrove   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Independence   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Jodie   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
London   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Longacre   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Mammoth   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Pond Fork   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Spangler   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Swiss   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

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 Pond Gap. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the west of Pond Gap

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Pond Gap. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Pond Gap. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Pond Gap) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pond Gap. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2782, Longitude: -81.2787     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pond Gap 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 Pond Gap 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 310.448 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.259 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.734 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 Pond Gap, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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:

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