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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 45 miles [72.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Sprague to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 237 miles [381.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,120 miles [9,849.2 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 6,830 miles [10,991.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,706 miles [7,573.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sprague ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Sprague.

While the name Sprague is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Sprague, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 485 miles [780.5 km] to the Southwest

Manitoba

Our profile page for Sprague   [Map]
Distance: About 1,058 miles [1,702.7 km] to the Northwest

Missouri

Bates County

Our profile page for Sprague, Bates County   [Map]
Distance: About 722 miles [1,161.9 km] to the West

Nebraska

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Sprague, Lancaster County   [Map]
Distance: About 853 miles [1,372.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Ohio

Monroe County

Our profile page for Sprague, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 130 miles [209.2 km] to the North

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Washington

Lincoln County

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Distance: About 1,962 miles [3,157.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Wisconsin

Barron County

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

Juneau County

Our profile page for Sprague, Juneau County   [Map]
Distance: About 639 miles [1,028.4 km] to the Northwest

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sprague. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7932, Longitude: -81.1840     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sprague 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 Sprague 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 310.401 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.134 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.851 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 Sprague.