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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Huntington [Map], which is the Seat of Cabell County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Swann to Huntington, 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 31 miles [49.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just over a day and walking would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 277 miles [445.8 km] to the East (E). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,127 miles [9,860.5 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 6,843 miles [11,012.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,718 miles [7,592.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Swann ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Swann.

While the name Swann is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

North Carolina

Caswell County

Our profile page for Swann, Caswell County   [Map]
Distance: About 202 miles [325.1 km] to the Southeast

Lee County

Our profile page for Swann, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 274 miles [441 km] to the Southeast


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Swann, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 185 miles [297.7 km] to the South Southwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Swann ...

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.

Apple Grove   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North of Swann   [Map]
Blue Sulphur   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Clover   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Crown City   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Eureka (OH)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]
Fair Place (OH)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Fudges Creek   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Good Hope (OH)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hurricane   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Indian Meadows   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lock (OH)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Platform (OH)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]
Rolling Hills   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Swan Creek (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swann. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5231, Longitude: -82.1588     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swann 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 Swann 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 310.979 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.901 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.036 degrees.

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