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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Buckhannon [Map], which is the Seat of Upshur County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Shahan to Buckhannon, 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 83 miles [133.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 168 miles [270.4 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,034 miles [9,710.8 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 6,747 miles [10,858.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,622 miles [7,438.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Shahan ...

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Alabama

Etowah County

Our profile page for Shahan, Etowah County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 470 miles [756.4 km] to the Southwest

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shahan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7621, Longitude: -80.1679     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shahan 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 Shahan 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 309.764 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.551 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.095 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 Shahan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shahan.