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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Putney 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 four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). The buggy would take four to five hours and walking would take most of a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 237 miles [381.4 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 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 6,105 miles [9,825 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 6,818 miles [10,972.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,694 miles [7,554.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Putney ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Putney.

While the name Putney is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Pueblo County

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


Fairfield County

Our profile page for Putney, Fairfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 482 miles [775.7 km] to the East Northeast


Dougherty County

Our profile page for Putney, Dougherty County   [Map]
Distance: About 496 miles [798.2 km] to the South Southwest


Harlan County

Our profile page for Putney, Harlan County   [Map]
Distance: About 139 miles [223.7 km] to the Southwest

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Brown County

Our profile page for Putney, Brown County   [Map]
Distance: About 995 miles [1,601.3 km] to the Northwest

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Rutland County

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

Windham County

Our profile page for Putney, Windham County   [Map]
Distance: About 564 miles [907.7 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Putney ...

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.

Acup   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Putney   [Map]
Cedar Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Coalburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Crown Hill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Fivemile   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Glasgow   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hollygrove   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
London   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Mammoth   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Monarch   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pond Fork   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pond Gap   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Quick   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Spangler   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [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 Putney. 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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the west of Putney

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Putney. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2965, Longitude: -81.3729     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Putney 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 Putney 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 310.505 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.327 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.769 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 Putney 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:

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