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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Union [Map], which is the Seat of Monroe County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Sweet Springs to Union, 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 Northwest (NW). 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 194 miles [312.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,088 miles [9,797.7 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 6,795 miles [10,935.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,672 miles [7,518.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sweet Springs ...

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Saline County

Our profile page for Sweet Springs, Saline County   [Map]
Distance: About 719 miles [1,157.1 km] to the West Northwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sweet Springs ...

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.

Boiling Spring (VA)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast of Sweet Springs   [Map]
Centennial   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Craig Springs (VA)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]
Crows (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Gap Mills   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Gunn (VA)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Hematite (VA)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Iron Hill Springs (VA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Middle Mountain (VA) (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Paint Bank (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Potts Creek (VA)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [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 Sweet Springs. 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.

Walter Joseph Biggs, Jr.
  Artist. He was born in Elliston (Virginia) on Friday June 4, 1886 and died in Roanoke (Virginia) on Sunday February 11, 1968 at an age of 81. He was buried at Sherwood Burial Park (Salem City, Virginia) [Map].

Elliston [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Sweet Springs

Roanoke [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Sweet Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Walter Joseph Biggs, Jr.<7>
Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Newport (Virginia) on Friday August 10, 1923 and died in Charlotte (North Carolina) on Monday April 28, 1980 at an age of 56. He was buried at Sharon Memorial Park (Mecklenburg County, North Carolina) [Map].

Newport [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Sweet Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Monroe County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sweet Springs. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sweet Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6285, Longitude: -80.2414     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sweet Springs 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 Sweet Springs 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 309.841 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.47 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.508 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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