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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Spears 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 Spears 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 Spears once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Spears to:

  • Hamlin [Map], which is the Seat of Lincoln County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Spears to Hamlin, with an average speed<3> 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 30 miles [48.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 279 miles [449 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,143 miles [9,886.2 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 6,858 miles [11,036.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,733 miles [7,617 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Spears ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Spears.

While the name Spears is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Alabama

Geneva County

Our profile page for Spears, Geneva County   [Map]
Distance: About 529 miles [851.3 km] to the South Southwest

Kentucky

Fayette County

Our profile page for Spears, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 127 miles [204.4 km] to the West

Michigan

Marquette County

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

New Mexico

Hidalgo County

Our profile page for Spears, Hidalgo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,568 miles [2,523.5 km] to the West

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Tennessee

Hawkins County

Our profile page for Spears, Hawkins County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 130 miles [209.2 km] to the South Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Spears ...

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.

Allen (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East of Spears   [Map]
Bradyville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Cuzzie   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Eden Park (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Fourteen (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Gill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Jenks   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Kinder (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Price   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Ranger   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Rockville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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Communities in West Virginia

About Lincoln County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lincoln County: www.co.lincoln.wv.us/

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



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 Spears, 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' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Spears. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spears) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spears. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1223, Longitude: -82.1157     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spears 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 Spears 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 310.959 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.819 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.144 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 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 Spears 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Spears.