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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Clay [Map], which is the Seat of Clay County, lies just to the West.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 37 miles [59.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could walk a straight line from Swandale to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 213 miles [342.8 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,080 miles [9,784.8 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 6,793 miles [10,932.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,668 miles [7,512.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Swandale ...

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

South Carolina

Richland County

Our profile page for Swandale, Richland County   [Map]
Distance: About 310 miles [498.9 km] to the South

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Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Clay County

About West Virginia

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swandale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4707, Longitude: -80.9595     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swandale 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 Swandale 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 310.251 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.063 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.534 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Swandale.