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Purdy, West Virginia

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The location of Purdy

Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Grantsville [Map], which is the Seat of Calhoun County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 48 miles [77.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could walk a straight line from Purdy 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 most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 220 miles [354.1 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four 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 6,066 miles [9,762.3 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 6,781 miles [10,913 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,657 miles [7,494.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Purdy ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Purdy.

While the name Purdy is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Madison County

Our profile page for Purdy, Madison County   [Map]

Distance: About 708 miles [1,139.4 km] to the West Southwest.


Lucas County

Our profile page for Purdy, Lucas County   [Map]

Distance: About 656 miles [1,055.7 km] to the West Northwest.


Morton County

Our profile page for Purdy, Morton County

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

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


Adair County

Our profile page for Purdy, Adair County   [Map]

Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the West Southwest.


Tuscola County

Our profile page for Purdy, Tuscola County

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

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


Barry County

Our profile page for Purdy, Barry County   [Map]

Distance: About 711 miles [1,144.2 km] to the West.


Garvin County

Our profile page for Purdy, Garvin County   [Map]

Distance: About 953 miles [1,533.7 km] to the West Southwest.


Our profile page for Purdy   [Map]

Distance: About 474 miles [762.8 km] to the North Northeast.


McNairy County

Our profile page for Purdy, McNairy County   [Map]

Distance: About 481 miles [774.1 km] to the West Southwest.


Weber County

Our profile page for Purdy, Weber County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,627 miles [2,618.4 km] to the West Northwest.


Greensville County

Our profile page for Purdy, Greensville County   [Map]

Distance: About 242 miles [389.5 km] to the Southeast.


Pierce County

Our profile page for Purdy, Pierce County   [Map]

Distance: About 2,141 miles [3,445.6 km] to the West Northwest.


Vernon County

Our profile page for Purdy, Vernon County   [Map]

Distance: About 603 miles [970.4 km] to the Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Purdy ...

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.

Big Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast of Purdy   [Map]

Brohard   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Five Forks   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Freed   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Grantsville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Henrietta   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Index (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Iris (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Joker   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Pleasant Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Calhoun County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Purdy) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Purdy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9440, Longitude: -81.1348     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Purdy 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 Purdy 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 310.344 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.24 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.453 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 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 Purdy 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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