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Silica, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Silica to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Silica to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Elkins [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies 26 miles [41.8 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Silica to Elkins, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 78 miles [125.5 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 173 miles [278.4 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 6,041 miles [9,722 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 6,753 miles [10,867.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,628 miles [7,448 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Silica ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Silica.

While the name Silica is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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British Columbia

Our profile page for Silica   [Map]
Distance: About 1,979 miles [3,184.9 km] to the Northwest


Phillips County

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

Rice County

Our profile page for Silica, Rice County   [Map]
Distance: About 983 miles [1,582 km] to the West


Carter County

Our profile page for Silica, Carter County   [Map]
Distance: About 164 miles [263.9 km] to the West

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Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Silica, Saint Louis County   [Map]
Distance: About 874 miles [1,406.6 km] to the Northwest

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Silica, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 551 miles [886.7 km] to the West

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Lucas County

Our profile page for Silica, Lucas County   [Map]
Distance: About 277 miles [445.8 km] to the Northwest

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Lexington County

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

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Campbell County

Our profile page for Silica, Campbell County   [Map]
Distance: About 273 miles [439.4 km] to the Southwest

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Scott County

Our profile page for Silica, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 179 miles [288.1 km] to the Southwest

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Fond du Lac County

Our profile page for Silica, Fond du Lac County   [Map]
Distance: About 550 miles [885.1 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Silica ...

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.

Blue Rock   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East of Silica   [Map]
Chemical (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Czar   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Eden   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Florence (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hacker Valley   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Hemlock   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Holly Grove   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Palace Valley   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pickens   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Zion   -   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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Silica. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Silica) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Silica. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6873, Longitude: -80.2401     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Silica 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 Silica 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 309.81 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.592 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.152 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 (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Silica could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. 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 - we're working to straighten it all out.

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