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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Sparks once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Sparks to:

  • Summersville [Map], which is the Seat of Nicholas County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 40 miles [64.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). If you could walk a straight line from Sparks to Charleston, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 213 miles [342.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,088 miles [9,797.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,800 miles [10,943.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,676 miles [7,525.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Sparks ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Sparks.

While the name Sparks is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States.

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Moffat County

Our profile page for Sparks, Moffat County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,490 miles [2,397.9 km] to the West Northwest


Berrien County

Our profile page for Sparks, Berrien County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Berrien County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Cook County

Our profile page for Sparks, Cook County   [Map]
Distance: About 508 miles [817.5 km] to the South Southwest

Washington County

Our profile page for Sparks, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 370 miles [595.5 km] to the South Southwest

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Doniphan County

Our profile page for Sparks, Doniphan County   [Map]
Distance: About 773 miles [1,244 km] to the West Northwest

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Estill County

Our profile page for Sparks, Estill County   [Map]
Distance: About 160 miles [257.5 km] to the West

Jackson County

Our profile page for Sparks, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 175 miles [281.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Pointe Coupee Parish

Our profile page for Sparks, Pointe Coupee Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 806 miles [1,297.1 km] to the Southwest

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Baltimore County

Our profile page for Sparks, Baltimore County   [Map]
Distance: About 245 miles [394.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Cherry County

Our profile page for Sparks, Cherry County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,062 miles [1,709.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Washoe County

Our profile page for Sparks, Washoe County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,073 miles [3,336.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for Sparks, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 895 miles [1,440.4 km] to the West

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Umatilla County

Our profile page for Sparks, Umatilla County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,993 miles [3,207.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Bell County

Our profile page for Sparks, Bell County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,060 miles [1,705.9 km] to the West Southwest

El Paso County

Our profile page for Sparks, El Paso County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,498 miles [2,410.8 km] to the West

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sparks ...

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.

Burl   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest of Sparks   [Map]
Canvas   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Deepwell   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Elliot (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Fowler Knob   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jenky   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mount Lookout   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Peters Junction   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Poe   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Pool   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Summersville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Woods Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Sparks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Sparks. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sparks) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sparks. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2357, Longitude: -80.9026     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sparks have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Sparks to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.222 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.995 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.587 degrees.

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<8>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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek 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 Sparks 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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