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Switzer, West Virginia
(Logan County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Logan [Map], which is the Seat of Logan County, lies just to the North.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 43 miles [69.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Switzer to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full 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 278 miles [447.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, 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 6,153 miles [9,902.3 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 6,866 miles [11,049.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,741 miles [7,629.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Switzer ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Switzer.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Switzer. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 5 communities in the United States - with 6 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Kansas

Osage County

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

Kentucky

Franklin County

Our profile page for Switzer, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 153 miles [246.2 km] to the West Northwest

Ohio

Monroe County

Our profile page for Switzer, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 152 miles [244.6 km] to the North Northeast

Pennsylvania

Lehigh County

Our profile page for Switzer, Lehigh County   [Map]
Distance: About 389 miles [626 km] to the East Northeast

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South Carolina

Spartanburg County

Our profile page for Switzer, Spartanburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 206 miles [331.5 km] to the South

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Switzer ...

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.

Black Bottom   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North of Switzer   [Map]
Dog Patch   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Don   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Frogtown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hedgeview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Monitor   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Ridgeview   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rum Junction   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Shamrock   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sunbeam   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Superior Bottom   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Trace Junction   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Walnut Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Switzer. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Switzer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Switzer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7932, Longitude: -81.9876     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Switzer 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 Switzer 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 310.885 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.687 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.192 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Switzer 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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