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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 34 miles [54.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from Spencer to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of 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 232 miles [373.4 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 9 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 6,082 miles [9,788 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 6,797 miles [10,938.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,672 miles [7,518.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Spencer ...

We have found 35 communities that share the name Spencer.

While the name Spencer is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 35 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Bibb County

Our profile page for Spencer, Bibb County   [Map]
Distance: About 521 miles [838.5 km] to the Southwest

Fayette County

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

Arkansas

Baxter County

Our profile page for Spencer, Baxter County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 621 miles [999.4 km] to the West Southwest

Colorado

Gunnison County

Our profile page for Spencer, Gunnison County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,386 miles [2,230.6 km] to the West

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Idaho

Clark County

Our profile page for Spencer, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,627 miles [2,618.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Pike County

Our profile page for Spencer, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 533 miles [857.8 km] to the West

Will County

Our profile page for Spencer, Will County   [Map]
Distance: About 394 miles [634.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Owen County

Our profile page for Spencer, Owen County   [Map]
Distance: About 292 miles [469.9 km] to the West

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Iowa

Clay County

Our profile page for Spencer, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 778 miles [1,252.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Atchison County

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

Ness County

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

Shawnee County

Our profile page for Spencer, Shawnee County   [Map]
Distance: About 760 miles [1,223.1 km] to the West

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Kentucky

Bell County

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

Montgomery County

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

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Louisiana

Union Parish

Our profile page for Spencer, Union Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 733 miles [1,179.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Massachusetts

Worcester County

Our profile page for Spencer, Worcester County   [Map]
Distance: About 545 miles [877.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Kalkaska County

Our profile page for Spencer, Kalkaska County   [Map]
Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Mississippi

Copiah County

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

Washington County

Our profile page for Spencer, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 669 miles [1,076.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Spencer, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 680 miles [1,094.4 km] to the West

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Nebraska

Boyd County

Our profile page for Spencer, Boyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 946 miles [1,522.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Nevada

Lander County

Our profile page for Spencer, Lander County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,882 miles [3,028.8 km] to the West Northwest

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New York

Tioga County

Our profile page for Spencer, Tioga County   [Map]
Distance: About 347 miles [558.4 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Moore County

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

Rowan County

Our profile page for Spencer, Rowan County   [Map]
Distance: About 220 miles [354.1 km] to the South Southeast

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Ohio

Lorain County

Our profile page for Spencer, Lorain County
This community is historic.
Although located in Lorain County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Lucas County

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

Medina County

Our profile page for Spencer, Medina County   [Map]
Distance: About 163 miles [262.3 km] to the North Northwest

Muskingum County

Our profile page for Spencer, Muskingum County   [Map]
Distance: About 91 miles [146.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma County

Our profile page for Spencer, Oklahoma County   [Map]
Distance: About 908 miles [1,461.3 km] to the West

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South Dakota

McCook County

Our profile page for Spencer, McCook County   [Map]
Distance: About 906 miles [1,458.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Van Buren County

Our profile page for Spencer, Van Buren County   [Map]
Distance: About 308 miles [495.7 km] to the Southwest

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Virginia

Henry County

Our profile page for Spencer, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 167 miles [268.8 km] to the South Southeast

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Wisconsin

Marathon County

Our profile page for Spencer, Marathon County   [Map]
Distance: About 616 miles [991.4 km] to the Northwest

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Wyoming

Weston County

Our profile page for Spencer, Weston County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,227 miles [1,974.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Spencer ...

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)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South of Spencer   [Map]
Clover   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Grace   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Green Acres   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Leaning Oak   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Leo (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Nancy Run   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Quiet Vale   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Reedyville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Speed   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Walnut Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Spencer: www.cityofspencer.com/

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



Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Spencer. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spencer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spencer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8025, Longitude: -81.3551     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spencer 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 Spencer 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 310.482 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.376 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.596 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 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 Spencer 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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<8>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 Spencer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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