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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Parsons [Map], which is the Seat of Tucker County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Shafer to Parsons, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 126 miles [202.8 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 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 137 miles [220.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,990 miles [9,640 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 6,702 miles [10,785.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,578 miles [7,367.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Shafer ...

While the name Shafer is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Minnesota

Chisago County

Our profile page for Shafer, Chisago County   [Map]
Distance: About 795 miles [1,279.4 km] to the Northwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Shafer ...

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.

Breedlove (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast of Shafer   [Map]
Erwin   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Horse Shoe Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lead Mine   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Location   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Pierce   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pleasant Vale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sell   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Silver Lake   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [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 Shafer. 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.

Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the southeast of Shafer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<7>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Shafer. 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 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Shafer. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Shafer) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shafer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2193, Longitude: -79.5678     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shafer 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 Shafer 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 309.383 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.186 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.676 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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