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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Smokeless to Princeton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 66 miles [106.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 250 miles [402.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,139 miles [9,879.8 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 6,848 miles [11,020.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,724 miles [7,602.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Smokeless ...

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Pennsylvania

Indiana County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smokeless ...

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.

Basin   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North of Smokeless   [Map]
Cherokee   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Coaldale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Crumpler   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Flipping   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Freeman   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Goodwill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hiawatha   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Kale   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Littlesburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Rock   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Sandlick   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Spanishburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Widemouth (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Worth   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Smokeless. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Smokeless

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>
 
Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Smokeless

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smokeless. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4326, Longitude: -81.2512     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smokeless 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 Smokeless 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 310.447 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.133 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.994 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 Smokeless 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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<8>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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