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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Sproul to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). The buggy would take nearly four hours and walking would take five to six hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 260 miles [418.4 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,124 miles [9,855.6 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 6,838 miles [11,004.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,714 miles [7,586.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sproul ...

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Blair County

Our profile page for Sproul, Blair County   [Map]
Distance: About 226 miles [363.7 km] to the Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sproul ...

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.

East (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West of Sproul   [Map]
Fork Junction   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Forks of Coal   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Green Valley   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Horse Creek Junction   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Irene   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Ivydale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Johns   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Julian   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lincoln Park   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Lone Oak Park   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Ridgeview   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
River Bend   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rock Lake Village   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rumble   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sun Valley   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Tornado   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [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 Sproul. 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.

William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Sproul

Stirrat [Map] is located 37 miles [59.5 km] to the south of Sproul

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<7>
Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northeast of Sproul

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sproul. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2512, Longitude: -81.7954     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sproul 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 Sproul 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 310.762 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.614 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.965 degrees.

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<7>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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