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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 70 miles [112.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Speedway 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 three full 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 237 miles [381.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving 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 6,128 miles [9,862.1 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 6,836 miles [11,001.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,713 miles [7,584.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Speedway ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Speedway.

While the name Speedway is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Arizona

Pima County

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

Indiana

Marion County

Our profile page for Speedway, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the West Northwest

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Speedway. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4565, Longitude: -81.0104     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Speedway 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 Speedway 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 310.303 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.972 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.885 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Speedway.