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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Wayne [Map], which is the Seat of Wayne County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 45 miles [72.4 km] to the East (E). If you could walk a straight line from Shoals to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 296 miles [476.4 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five 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 6,149 miles [9,895.9 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 6,865 miles [11,048.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,740 miles [7,628.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Shoals ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Shoals.

While the name Shoals is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Delaware

Sussex County

Our profile page for Shoals, Sussex County   [Map]
Distance: About 401 miles [645.3 km] to the East

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Shoals, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 722 miles [1,161.9 km] to the South

Georgia

Warren County

Our profile page for Shoals, Warren County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Warren County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Indiana

Martin County

Our profile page for Shoals, Martin County   [Map]
Distance: About 234 miles [376.6 km] to the West

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North Carolina

Surry County

Our profile page for Shoals, Surry County   [Map]
Distance: About 178 miles [286.5 km] to the Southeast

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Oklahoma

Choctaw County

Our profile page for Shoals, Choctaw County   [Map]
Distance: About 782 miles [1,258.5 km] to the West Southwest

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South Carolina

Anderson County

Our profile page for Shoals, Anderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 262 miles [421.6 km] to the South

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Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Wayne County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shoals. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3270, Longitude: -82.4752     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shoals 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 Shoals 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 311.175 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 307.097 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.236 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shoals.