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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Wellsburg [Map], which is the Seat of Brooke County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 138 miles [222.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Power to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 213 miles [342.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,990 miles [9,640 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 6,709 miles [10,797.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,585 miles [7,378.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Power ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Power.

While the name Power is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Florida

Escambia County

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

Michigan

Marquette County

Our profile page for Power, 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.

Montana

Teton County

Our profile page for Power, Teton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,614 miles [2,597.5 km] to the West Northwest

Nebraska

Hall County

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

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North Dakota

Richland County

Our profile page for Power, Richland County   [Map]
Distance: About 937 miles [1,508 km] to the Northwest

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South Carolina

Laurens County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Power ...

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.

Beech Bottom   -   Less than 2 miles to the North of Power   [Map]
Bethany   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Betty Zane   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Brilliant (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Clearview   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Dutch Town   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Glen Robbins (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Glen Run (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Hopewell (OH)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Jug Run (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Rush Run (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Salt Run (OH)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Shank Town   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Short Creek   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Stringer (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Willow Springs (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [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 Power. 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.

Charley Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd     (Born as Charles Arthur Floyd)
  Crime figure. He was born in Adairsville (Georgia) on Wednesday February 3, 1904 and died in East Liverpool (Ohio) on Monday October 22, 1934 at an age of 30. He was buried at Akins Cemetery (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma) [Map].

East Liverpool [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Power

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charley Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd<8>
 
Clark Gable     (William Clark Gable)
  Oscar winning actor. He was born in Cadiz (Ohio) on Friday February 1, 1901 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday November 16, 1960 at an age of 59. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cadiz [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Power

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clark Gable
 
Gary Michael Jeter
  Professional football. He was born in Weirton (West Virginia) on Monday January 24, 1955 and died in Plainsboro (New Jersey) on Wednesday March 9, 2016 at an age of 61.

Weirton [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the north of Power

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Michael Jeter
 
William Holmes McGuffey
  Author, educator. He was born in Claysville (Pennsylvania) on Tueday September 23, 1800 and died in Charlottesville (Virginia) on Sunday May 4, 1873 at an age of 72.

Claysville [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Power

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Holmes McGuffey

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Power. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.2112, Longitude: -80.6592     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Power 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 Power 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 310.007 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.046 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.806 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 Power 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>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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