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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Stover to Beckley, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 39 miles [62.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 245 miles [394.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving 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 6,126 miles [9,858.8 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 6,837 miles [11,003.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,713 miles [7,584.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Stover ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Stover.

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Kansas

Labette County

Our profile page for Stover, Labette County   [Map]
Distance: About 758 miles [1,219.9 km] to the West

Mississippi

Tallahatchie County

Our profile page for Stover, Tallahatchie County   [Map]
Distance: About 562 miles [904.5 km] to the West Southwest

Missouri

Morgan County

Our profile page for Stover, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 633 miles [1,018.7 km] to the West

Pennsylvania

Blair County

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

Huntingdon County

Our profile page for Stover, Huntingdon County   [Map]
Distance: About 259 miles [416.8 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Fairfield County

Our profile page for Stover, Fairfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 226 miles [363.7 km] to the South

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South Dakota

Davison County

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

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Virginia

Augusta County

Our profile page for Stover, Augusta County   [Map]
Distance: About 124 miles [199.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Stover ...

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.

Bolt   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest of Stover   [Map]
Dry Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Friendly View   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Glen Daniel   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Glen White Junction (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Harper   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Harper Heights   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Hoohoo   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jenny Gap (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Lester   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Maple Meadow   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Posey   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Redbird   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Rock Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Surveyor   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Trap Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [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 Stover. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the south of Stover

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>
 
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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Stover

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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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 from Stover. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Stover) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stover. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8143, Longitude: -81.3540     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stover 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 Stover 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 310.503 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.253 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.916 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Stover 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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