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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Logan [Map], which is the Seat of Logan County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 40 miles [64.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Rum Junction to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two 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 275 miles [442.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,150 miles [9,897.5 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 6,862 miles [11,043.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,738 miles [7,625.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rum Junction ...

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.

Argyle   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East of Rum Junction   [Map]
Black Bottom   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Chambers   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Dog Patch   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Ethel   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Freeze Fork   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Monitor   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Peach Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Red Campbell   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Ridgeview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Shamrock   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Sunbeam   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Wanda   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [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 Rum Junction. 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.

William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the northwest of Rum Junction

Stirrat [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest of Rum Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<7>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rum Junction. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8159, Longitude: -81.9354     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rum Junction 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 Rum Junction 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 310.853 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.654 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.163 degrees.

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<7>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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