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Tesla, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Sutton [Map], which is the Seat of Braxton County, lies just to the North.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 53 miles [85.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could walk a straight line from Tesla to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 198 miles [318.7 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,064 miles [9,759.1 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 6,776 miles [10,904.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,652 miles [7,486.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Tesla ...

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Alameda County

Our profile page for Tesla, Alameda County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 2,203 miles [3,545.4 km] to the West Northwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Tesla ...

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.

Bakers Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East of Tesla   [Map]
Birch River   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Bison   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Gassaway   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Little Birch   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Little Otter   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
McNutt   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Middle Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Shadyside   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Thrash (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Twistville (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Waggy (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Braxton County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tesla. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6020, Longitude: -80.7034     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tesla 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 Tesla 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 310.092 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.901 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.38 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 Tesla, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Tesla.