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Pratt, West Virginia
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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Pratt to Charleston, 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 five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest (NW). The buggy would take five to six hours and walking would take most of a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 239 miles [384.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 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 6,110 miles [9,833.1 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 6,822 miles [10,978.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,698 miles [7,560.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Pratt ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Pratt.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Pratt. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 15 communities in the United States and Canada - with 14 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Maricopa County

Our profile page for Pratt, Maricopa County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Maricopa County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Clay County

Our profile page for Pratt, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 505 miles [812.7 km] to the West Southwest

British Columbia

Our profile page for Pratt   [Map]
Distance: About 2,165 miles [3,484.2 km] to the Northwest


Whiteside County

Our profile page for Pratt, Whiteside County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 515 miles [828.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Pratt County

Our profile page for Pratt, Pratt County   [Map]
Distance: About 944 miles [1,519.2 km] to the West

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Webster County

Our profile page for Pratt, Webster County   [Map]
Distance: About 339 miles [545.6 km] to the West

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Bienville Parish

Our profile page for Pratt, Bienville Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 762 miles [1,226.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Our profile page for Pratt   [Map]
Distance: About 1,177 miles [1,894.2 km] to the Northwest

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Allegany County

Our profile page for Pratt, Allegany County   [Map]
Distance: About 185 miles [297.7 km] to the Northeast

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Steele County

Our profile page for Pratt, Steele County   [Map]
Distance: About 731 miles [1,176.4 km] to the Northwest

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Ripley County

Our profile page for Pratt, Ripley County   [Map]
Distance: About 530 miles [853 km] to the West

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New Hampshire

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Pratt, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 595 miles [957.6 km] to the Northeast

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New Mexico

Hidalgo County

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

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New York

Kings County

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

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Spokane County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Pratt ...

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.

Cabin Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West of Pratt   [Map]
Carbondale   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Cedar Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Coalburg   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Crescent   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Crown Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Dry Branch   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Gallagher   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Glasgow   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Hollygrove   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
London   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Mammoth   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Monarch   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [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 Pratt. 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 16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest of Pratt

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Pratt. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Pratt

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pratt. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2082, Longitude: -81.3868     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pratt 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 Pratt 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 310.515 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.325 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.803 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 Pratt, 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Pratt 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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<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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