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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Spring Gap once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Spring Gap to:

  • Romney [Map], which is the Seat of Hampshire County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Spring Gap to Romney, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 182 miles [292.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 87 miles [140 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,938 miles [9,556.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,648 miles [10,698.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,524 miles [7,280.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Spring Gap ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Spring Gap.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Tuolumne County

Our profile page for Spring Gap, Tuolumne County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,218 miles [3,569.5 km] to the West Northwest


Allegany County

Our profile page for Spring Gap, Allegany County   [Map]
Distance: About 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spring Gap ...

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.

Cold Stream   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast of Spring Gap   [Map]
Creekvale   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Fairplay (MD)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Green Spring   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Levels   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Little Cacapon   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Neals Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Paw Paw   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Points   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Raven Rocks   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Three Churches   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [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 Spring Gap. 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.

Belle Boyd
  Civil war Confederate spy. She was born in Martinsburg (West Virginia) on Thursday May 9, 1844 and died in Wisconsin Dells (Wisconsin) on Monday June 11, 1900 at an age of 56. She was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery (Columbia County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Martinsburg [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Spring Gap

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Belle Boyd<8>

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Spring Gap, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Spring Gap. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spring Gap) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spring Gap. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4243, Longitude: -78.5303     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spring Gap have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Spring Gap to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 308.748 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.495 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.151 degrees.

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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:

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