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Shanks, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Romney [Map], which is the Seat of Hampshire County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 171 miles [275.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Shanks to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 93 miles [149.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,949 miles [9,574 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 6,660 miles [10,718.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,535 miles [7,298.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Shanks ...

While the name Shanks is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Our profile page for Shanks   [Map]
Distance: About 534 miles [859.4 km] to the Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Shanks ...

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.

Creekvale   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast of Shanks   [Map]
Frenchburg   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Grace   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Headsville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Junction   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Kirby   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Mechanicsburg   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Pancake   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Points   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Raven Rocks   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Ridgedale   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Sector   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Three Churches   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shanks. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3143, Longitude: -78.6878     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shanks 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 Shanks 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 308.848 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.592 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.26 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shanks.