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Selwyn, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Williamson [Map], which is the Seat of Mingo County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Selwyn to Williamson, 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 52 miles [83.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 297 miles [478 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,166 miles [9,923.2 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 6,880 miles [11,072.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,755 miles [7,652.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Selwyn ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Selwyn.

While the name Selwyn is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


San Diego County

Our profile page for Selwyn, San Diego County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,978 miles [3,183.3 km] to the West


Our profile page for Selwyn   [Map]
Distance: About 502 miles [807.9 km] to the North Northeast


Our profile page for Selwyn   [Map]
Distance: About 2,870 miles [4,618.8 km] to the Northwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Selwyn ...

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.

Ajax   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast of Selwyn   [Map]
Beauty (KY)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Greyeagle   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Kermit   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Lovely (KY)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pilgrim (KY)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Stepptown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Stonecoal   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Selwyn. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8587, Longitude: -82.3785     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Selwyn 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 Selwyn 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 311.121 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.967 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.339 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 Selwyn, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Selwyn.