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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 42 miles [67.6 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Prosperity to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 237 miles [381.4 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 6,119 miles [9,847.6 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 6,829 miles [10,990.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,705 miles [7,572 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Prosperity ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Prosperity.

While the name Prosperity is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 17 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Boone County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 668 miles [1,075 km] to the West

Yell County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Yell County   [Map]
Distance: About 688 miles [1,107.2 km] to the West


Holmes County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Holmes County   [Map]
Distance: About 552 miles [888.4 km] to the South Southwest


Brantley County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Brantley County   [Map]
Distance: About 459 miles [738.7 km] to the South

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Franklin County

Our profile page for Prosperity, 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.

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Madison County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 289 miles [465.1 km] to the Northwest

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Edmonson County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Edmonson County   [Map]
Distance: About 282 miles [453.8 km] to the West

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 87 miles [140 km] to the West

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Jasper County

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

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Moore County

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

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Pike County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Pike County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Pike County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Our profile page for Prosperity   [Map]
Distance: About 414 miles [666.3 km] to the North

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Washington County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 160 miles [257.5 km] to the North Northeast

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South Carolina

Newberry County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Newberry County   [Map]
Distance: About 251 miles [403.9 km] to the South

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Macon County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Macon County   [Map]
Distance: About 273 miles [439.4 km] to the West Southwest

Shelby County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Shelby County   [Map]
Distance: About 512 miles [824 km] to the West Southwest

Wilson County

Our profile page for Prosperity, Wilson County   [Map]
Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Prosperity ...

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.

Cranberry   -   Less than 2 miles to the South of Prosperity   [Map]
Dry Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Harper   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Harper Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Johnstown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lee   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Maple Fork   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mount Hope   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Packs Branch   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Piney View   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Price Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Stonewall (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Sun   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Terry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Turkey Knob   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [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 Prosperity. 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 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest of Prosperity

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Prosperity. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8365, Longitude: -81.2018     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Prosperity 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 Prosperity 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 310.411 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.151 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.844 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 Prosperity 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 Prosperity, 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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