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Posey, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Posey to Beckley, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 39 miles [62.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 249 miles [400.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,130 miles [9,865.3 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 6,841 miles [11,009.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,717 miles [7,591.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Posey ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Posey.

While the name Posey is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Franklin County

Our profile page for Posey, Franklin County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Franklin County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Posey, Lauderdale County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 388 miles [624.4 km] to the West Southwest.


Saint Francis County

Our profile page for Posey, Saint Francis County   [Map]

Distance: About 572 miles [920.5 km] to the West Southwest.


Tulare County

Our profile page for Posey, Tulare County   [Map]

Distance: About 2,050 miles [3,299.2 km] to the West.


Clinton County

Our profile page for Posey, Clinton County   [Map]

Distance: About 432 miles [695.2 km] to the West.


Henderson County

Our profile page for Posey, Henderson County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Henderson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Tulsa County

Our profile page for Posey, Tulsa County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 810 miles [1,303.6 km] to the West.


Hopkins County

Our profile page for Posey, Hopkins County   [Map]

Distance: About 857 miles [1,379.2 km] to the West Southwest.

Lubbock County

Our profile page for Posey, Lubbock County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,173 miles [1,887.8 km] to the West.


Floyd County

Our profile page for Posey, Floyd County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Floyd County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Posey ...

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.

Bolt   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South of Posey   [Map]

Dry Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Friendly View   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Glen Daniel   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Maple Meadow   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Redbird   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Rock Creek   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

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

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

Trap Hill   -   5 miles [8 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 Posey. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis

Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast of Posey

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>

Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)

Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Posey

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Posey. 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. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Posey) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Posey. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8037, Longitude: -81.4326     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Posey 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 Posey 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 310.55 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.306 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.953 degrees.

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<7>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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Posey 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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<8>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 Posey, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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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