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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Swiss to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Swiss to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Summersville [Map], which is the Seat of Nicholas County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Swiss to Summersville, 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 four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 28 miles [45.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 225 miles [362.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four 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 6,098 miles [9,813.8 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 6,810 miles [10,959.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,686 miles [7,541.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Swiss ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Swiss.

While the name Swiss is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Missouri

Gasconade County

Our profile page for Swiss, Gasconade County   [Map]
Distance: About 559 miles [899.6 km] to the West

North Carolina

Yancey County

Our profile page for Swiss, Yancey County   [Map]
Distance: About 175 miles [281.6 km] to the South Southwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Swiss ...

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.

Chimney Corner   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South of Swiss   [Map]
Dixie   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Glen Ferris   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hopewell   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Independence   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Jodie   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Lucas   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lyonsville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Marvel   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Peters Junction   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Woods Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 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 Swiss. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the west of Swiss

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...



Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Nicholas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Swiss. 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' distance beginning in Swiss. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Swiss) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swiss. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2332, Longitude: -81.1279     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swiss 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 Swiss 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 310.358 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.15 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.684 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Swiss.



 
 
 

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