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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Williamson [Map], which is the Seat of Mingo County, lies 22 miles [35.4 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Sprattsville to Williamson, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 53 miles [85.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 277 miles [445.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,157 miles [9,908.7 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 6,869 miles [11,054.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,744 miles [7,634.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sprattsville ...

While the name Sprattsville is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Kansas

Bourbon County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sprattsville ...

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.

Christian   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North of Sprattsville   [Map]
Cub City   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Emmett   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Gilbert   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Gilbert Creek   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Horsepen (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Hull   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Ikes Fork   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Justice   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Landville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Lincoln   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Long Branch   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Longpole   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Mohawk   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Slabtown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Uno   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
War Eagle   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Wyoming City   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [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 Sprattsville. 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.

Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast of Sprattsville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...



Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Mingo County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sprattsville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6001, Longitude: -81.8726     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sprattsville 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 Sprattsville 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 310.818 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.582 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.203 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Sprattsville 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>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: findagrave.com.

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