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Tappan, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Grafton [Map], which is the Seat of Taylor County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 106 miles [170.6 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Tappan to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 170 miles [273.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,007 miles [9,667.3 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 6,721 miles [10,816.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,597 miles [7,398.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Tappan ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Tappan.

While the name Tappan is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Blount County

Our profile page for Tappan, Blount County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 504 miles [811.1 km] to the Southwest


Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Tappan, Saint Clair County   [Map]
Distance: About 275 miles [442.6 km] to the North Northwest

New York

Rockland County

Our profile page for Tappan, Rockland County   [Map]
Distance: About 346 miles [556.8 km] to the East Northeast


Harrison County

Our profile page for Tappan, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 87 miles [140 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Tappan ...

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.

Allied   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West of Tappan   [Map]
Belgium   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Boothsville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Enterprise   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Francis   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Garden Village   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Graham Heights   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Hebron   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Helens Run   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Highland   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Hillview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Hopewell   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Killarm   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Maple Lake   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
New England   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Oral Lake   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pettyjohn (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Saltwell   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Wahoo   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [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 Tappan. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northeast of Tappan

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<8>
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Tappan

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tappan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3762, Longitude: -80.1581     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tappan 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 Tappan 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 309.735 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.61 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.878 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Tappan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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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