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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Fairmont [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies just to the North.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 108 miles [173.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Powell to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 169 miles [272 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,004 miles [9,662.5 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 6,719 miles [10,813.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,594 miles [7,393.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Powell ...

We have found 43 communities that share the name Powell.

While the name Powell is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 43 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

DeKalb County

Our profile page for Powell, DeKalb County   [Map]
Distance: About 463 miles [745.1 km] to the Southwest

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Powell, Lauderdale County   [Map]
Distance: About 496 miles [798.2 km] to the Southwest

Arizona

Mohave County

Our profile page for Powell, Mohave County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,902 miles [3,061 km] to the West

Arkansas

Craighead County

Our profile page for Powell, Craighead County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Craighead County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Madison County

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

Marion County

Our profile page for Powell, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 725 miles [1,166.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Colorado

Las Animas County

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

Logan County

Our profile page for Powell, Logan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,208 miles [1,944.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Florida

Hernando County

Our profile page for Powell, Hernando County   [Map]
Distance: About 764 miles [1,229.5 km] to the South

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Georgia

Bleckley County

Our profile page for Powell, Bleckley County   [Map]
Distance: About 510 miles [820.8 km] to the South Southwest

Fulton County

Our profile page for Powell, Fulton County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 449 miles [722.6 km] to the South Southwest

Lamar County

Our profile page for Powell, Lamar County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 493 miles [793.4 km] to the South Southwest

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Kansas

Phillips County

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

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Kentucky

Estill County

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

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Louisiana

Jefferson Parish

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

West Feliciana Parish

Our profile page for Powell, West Feliciana Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 869 miles [1,398.5 km] to the Southwest

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Manitoba

Our profile page for Powell   [Map]
Distance: About 1,367 miles [2,200 km] to the Northwest

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Michigan

Marquette County

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

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Minnesota

Todd County

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

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Mississippi

Coahoma County

Our profile page for Powell, Coahoma County   [Map]
Distance: About 666 miles [1,071.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Cass County

Our profile page for Powell, Cass County
This community is historic.
Although located in Cass County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

McDonald County

Our profile page for Powell, McDonald County   [Map]
Distance: About 787 miles [1,266.6 km] to the West

Pettis County

Our profile page for Powell, Pettis County
This community is historic.
Although located in Pettis County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Nebraska

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Powell, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 910 miles [1,464.5 km] to the West

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North Carolina

Pitt County

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

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North Dakota

Grand Forks County

Our profile page for Powell, Grand Forks County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,031 miles [1,659.2 km] to the Northwest

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Ohio

Coshocton County

Our profile page for Powell, Coshocton County   [Map]
Distance: About 104 miles [167.4 km] to the Northwest

Delaware County

Our profile page for Powell, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 165 miles [265.5 km] to the West Northwest

Muskingum County

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

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Oklahoma

Marshall County

Our profile page for Powell, Marshall County   [Map]
Distance: About 998 miles [1,606.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Pennsylvania

Bradford County

Our profile page for Powell, Bradford County   [Map]
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the Northeast

Lackawanna County

Our profile page for Powell, Lackawanna County   [Map]
Distance: About 279 miles [449 km] to the East Northeast

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South Dakota

Edmunds County

Our profile page for Powell, Edmunds County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,043 miles [1,678.5 km] to the West Northwest

Haakon County

Our profile page for Powell, Haakon County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,143 miles [1,839.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Knox County

Our profile page for Powell, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 315 miles [506.9 km] to the Southwest

Lawrence County

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

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Texas

Navarro County

Our profile page for Powell, Navarro County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,035 miles [1,665.7 km] to the West Southwest

San Augustine County

Our profile page for Powell, San Augustine County   [Map]
Distance: About 971 miles [1,562.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Pittsylvania County

Our profile page for Powell, Pittsylvania County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 200 miles [321.9 km] to the South

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Washington

Stevens County

Our profile page for Powell, Stevens County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,963 miles [3,159.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Wisconsin

Iron County

Our profile page for Powell, Iron County   [Map]
Distance: About 678 miles [1,091.1 km] to the Northwest

Oneida County

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

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Wyoming

Park County

Our profile page for Powell, Park County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,504 miles [2,420.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Powell ...

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.

Belgium   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South of Powell   [Map]
Boothsville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Forksburg   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Francis   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Garden Village   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Graham Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Hebron   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Hillview   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hopewell   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Killarm   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Meadowdale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
New England   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pettyjohn (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Shagtown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Wahoo   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [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 Powell. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northeast of Powell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Powell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

Other Roadside Stops ...



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About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County: www.marioncountywv.com/

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Powell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4054, Longitude: -80.1242     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Powell 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 Powell 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 309.713 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.59 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.852 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 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 Powell 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 Powell, 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: findagrave.com.

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