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Snowflake, West Virginia
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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Lewisburg [Map], which is the Seat of Greenbrier County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 71 miles [114.3 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could drive a straight line from Snowflake to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 4 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 206 miles [331.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 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 6,096 miles [9,810.6 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 6,804 miles [10,950 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,681 miles [7,533.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Snowflake ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Snowflake.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Snowflake. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 5 communities in the United States and Canada - with 5 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Navajo County

Our profile page for Snowflake, Navajo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,654 miles [2,661.9 km] to the West


Franklin County

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


Our profile page for Snowflake   [Map]
Distance: About 1,192 miles [1,918.3 km] to the Northwest


Antrim County

Our profile page for Snowflake, Antrim County   [Map]
Distance: About 558 miles [898 km] to the North Northwest

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Scott County

Our profile page for Snowflake, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 129 miles [207.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Snowflake ...

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 Sulphur Springs   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest of Snowflake   [Map]
Crowfields   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Half Way   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hokes Mill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lewisburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Monitor   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Organ Cave   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Palestine   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Pickaway   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Rockland   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Secondcreek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sinks Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Teaberry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Walnut Hills   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Wolfcreek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Greenbrier County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Snowflake. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Snowflake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7468, Longitude: -80.5545     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Snowflake 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 Snowflake 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 310.025 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.697 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.60 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 Snowflake 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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