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Schell, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Keyser [Map], which is the Seat of Mineral County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Schell to Keyser, 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 five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 144 miles [231.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 122 miles [196.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,971 miles [9,609.4 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 6,684 miles [10,756.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,559 miles [7,337 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Schell ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Schell.

While the name Schell is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Garrett County

Our profile page for Schell, Garrett County   [Map]
Distance: About Less than 2 miles to the Southeast


Polk County

Our profile page for Schell, Polk County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Polk County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Schell ...

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.

Blaine   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast of Schell   [Map]
Crosstown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Deer Park (MD)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Elk Garden   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Fricks Crossing (MD)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hartmansville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Mount Storm   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Skyline   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Standard (MD)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sulphur City   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Schell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3420, Longitude: -79.2570     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Schell 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 Schell 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 309.19 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.985 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.497 degrees.

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<7>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 Schell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Schell.