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(Pocahontas County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Marlinton [Map], which is the Seat of Pocahontas County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Spruce to Marlinton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 90 miles [144.8 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 160 miles [257.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,039 miles [9,718.8 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 6,749 miles [10,861.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,625 miles [7,443.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Spruce ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name Spruce.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Spruce. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 13 communities in the United States and Canada - with 13 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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California

Placer County

Our profile page for Spruce, Placer County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 2,157 miles [3,471.4 km] to the West Northwest

Colorado

Douglas County

Our profile page for Spruce, Douglas County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,337 miles [2,151.7 km] to the West

Manitoba

Our profile page for Spruce
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Michigan

Alcona County

Our profile page for Spruce, Alcona County   [Map]
Distance: About 476 miles [766 km] to the North Northwest

Baraga County

Our profile page for Spruce, Baraga County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Baraga County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Dickinson County

Our profile page for Spruce, Dickinson County   [Map]
Distance: About 655 miles [1,054.1 km] to the Northwest

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Minnesota

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Spruce, Saint Louis County   [Map]
Distance: About 886 miles [1,425.9 km] to the Northwest

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Missouri

Bates County

Our profile page for Spruce, Bates County   [Map]
Distance: About 766 miles [1,232.8 km] to the West

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Nevada

Elko County

Our profile page for Spruce, Elko County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,840 miles [2,961.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Clinton County

Our profile page for Spruce, Clinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 212 miles [341.2 km] to the North Northeast

Huntingdon County

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

Indiana County

Our profile page for Spruce, Indiana County   [Map]
Distance: About 164 miles [263.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Wisconsin

Oconto County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Spruce ...

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.

Clover Lick   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South of Spruce   [Map]
Deer Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Dunmore   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Green Bank   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Mace   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Mingo   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Stony Bottom   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Valley Head   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Walnut   -   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 Spruce. 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.

Mary Johnston
  Author. She was born in Buchanan (Virginia) on Monday November 21, 1870 and died in Warm Springs (Virginia) on Saturday May 9, 1936 at an age of 65. She was buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Warm Springs [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Spruce

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Johnston<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spruce. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4568, Longitude: -79.9559     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spruce 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 Spruce 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 309.647 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.372 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.109 degrees.

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<7>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 Spruce, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Spruce 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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<9>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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