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Shock, West Virginia
(Gilmer County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Glenville [Map], which is the Seat of Gilmer County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Shock to Glenville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 46 miles [74 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 211 miles [339.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,067 miles [9,763.9 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 6,781 miles [10,913 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,656 miles [7,493.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Shock ...

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Shock.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Shock ...

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.

Chapel   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East of Shock   [Map]
Chloe   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Dingy   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Euclid   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
German (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Hope (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Index (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Mark (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Millstone   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Normantown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Progress (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Rosedale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sand Ridge   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Stumptown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Walnut   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Gilmer County

About West Virginia

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shock. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7784, Longitude: -80.9665     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shock 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 Shock 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 310.247 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.104 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.435 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shock.