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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Spencer [Map], which is the Seat of Roane County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 29 miles [46.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from Speed to Charleston, 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.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 233 miles [375 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,086 miles [9,794.5 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 6,800 miles [10,943.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • 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).<6>

Communities Also Named Speed ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Speed.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Coosa County

Our profile page for Speed, Coosa County   [Map]
Distance: About 493 miles [793.4 km] to the Southwest


Clark County

Our profile page for Speed, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 237 miles [381.4 km] to the West


Phillips County

Our profile page for Speed, Phillips County   [Map]
Distance: About 965 miles [1,553 km] to the West


Cooper County

Our profile page for Speed, Cooper County   [Map]
Distance: About 614 miles [988.1 km] to the West

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North Carolina

Edgecombe County

Our profile page for Speed, Edgecombe County   [Map]
Distance: About 288 miles [463.5 km] to the Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Speed ...

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.

Buffalolick (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast of Speed   [Map]
Clover   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Countsville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Green Acres   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Jingo (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Leaning Oak   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Leo (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Nancy Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Quiet Vale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Rushville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Shad (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Stringtown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Walnut Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [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 Speed. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Speed

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<7>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Speed. 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 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Speed. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Speed) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Speed. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7337, Longitude: -81.3776     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Speed 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 Speed 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 310.498 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.383 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.628 degrees.

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<7>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:

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