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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Royal to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Royal to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Royal once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Royal to:

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 46 miles [74 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Royal to Charleston, with an average speed<3> 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 229 miles [368.5 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 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,112 miles [9,836.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • 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).<6>
  • 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).<7>

Communities Also Named Royal ...

We have found 24 communities that share the name Royal.

While the name Royal is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 24 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Blount County

Our profile page for Royal, Blount County   [Map]
Distance: About 401 miles [645.3 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Garland County

Our profile page for Royal, Garland County   [Map]
Distance: About 716 miles [1,152.3 km] to the West Southwest

Florida

Sumter County

Our profile page for Royal, Sumter County   [Map]
Distance: About 621 miles [999.4 km] to the South

Georgia

Bleckley County

Our profile page for Royal, Bleckley County   [Map]
Distance: About 395 miles [635.7 km] to the South Southwest

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Illinois

Champaign County

Our profile page for Royal, Champaign County   [Map]
Distance: About 404 miles [650.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Iowa

Clay County

Our profile page for Royal, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 828 miles [1,332.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Kentucky

Grayson County

Our profile page for Royal, Grayson County   [Map]
Distance: About 276 miles [444.2 km] to the West

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Louisiana

Winn Parish

Our profile page for Royal, Winn Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 760 miles [1,223.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Mississippi

Smith County

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

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Missouri

Phelps County

Our profile page for Royal, Phelps County   [Map]
Distance: About 572 miles [920.5 km] to the West

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Nebraska

Antelope County

Our profile page for Royal, Antelope County   [Map]
Distance: About 951 miles [1,530.5 km] to the West Northwest

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North Carolina

Beaufort County

Our profile page for Royal, Beaufort County   [Map]
Distance: About 296 miles [476.4 km] to the Southeast

Franklin County

Our profile page for Royal, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 195 miles [313.8 km] to the Southeast

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Ohio

Clark County

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

Tuscarawas County

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

Vinton County

Our profile page for Royal, Vinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 129 miles [207.6 km] to the Northwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Royal   [Map]
Distance: About 375 miles [603.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Oregon

Lane County

Our profile page for Royal, Lane County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,211 miles [3,558.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Fayette County

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

Susquehanna County

Our profile page for Royal, Susquehanna County   [Map]
Distance: About 390 miles [627.6 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

Bedford County

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

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Texas

Potter County

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

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Utah

Carbon County

Our profile page for Royal, Carbon County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,602 miles [2,578.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Washington

Grant County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Royal ...

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.

Alaska (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Royal   [Map]
Export (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Grandview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Greenwood (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hamlet (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hemlock   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Kathryn   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Layland   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lee   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Meadow Fork   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Piney View   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Prince   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Stonewall (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Terry   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Terry Junction   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Royal. 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 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest of Royal

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Royal, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Royal. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Royal) 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 Royal. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Royal

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Royal. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8561, Longitude: -81.0554     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Royal have been estimated.

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<3>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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<4>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 Royal to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.323 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.053 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.776 degrees.

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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 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 Royal 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Royal.