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Thayer, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Fayetteville [Map], which is the Seat of Fayette County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Thayer to Fayetteville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 44 miles [70.8 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 226 miles [363.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving 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 6,109 miles [9,831.5 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 6,819 miles [10,974.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,695 miles [7,555.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thayer ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Thayer.

While the name Thayer is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Sangamon County

Our profile page for Thayer, Sangamon County   [Map]
Distance: About 483 miles [777.3 km] to the West Northwest


Newton County

Our profile page for Thayer, Newton County   [Map]
Distance: About 404 miles [650.2 km] to the Northwest


Union County

Our profile page for Thayer, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 725 miles [1,166.8 km] to the West Northwest


Neosho County

Our profile page for Thayer, Neosho County   [Map]
Distance: About 789 miles [1,269.8 km] to the West

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Worcester County

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

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Gogebic County

Our profile page for Thayer, Gogebic County   [Map]
Distance: About 723 miles [1,163.6 km] to the North Northwest

Oakland County

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

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for Thayer, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 693 miles [1,115.3 km] to the Southwest

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Oregon County

Our profile page for Thayer, Oregon County   [Map]
Distance: About 585 miles [941.5 km] to the West

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York County

Our profile page for Thayer, York County   [Map]
Distance: About 901 miles [1,450 km] to the West Northwest

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Colleton County

Our profile page for Thayer, Colleton County   [Map]
Distance: About 347 miles [558.4 km] to the South

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Hidalgo County

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

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Sweetwater County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Thayer ...

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.

Alaska (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest of Thayer   [Map]
Chestnut Knob   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Export (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Fire Creek (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Greenwood (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hemlock   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Kathryn   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Layland   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Layland Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Meadow Fork   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Prince   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Red Ash (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Royal (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rush Run (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Terry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Terry Junction   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [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 Thayer. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Thayer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Thayer. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Thayer) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thayer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9012, Longitude: -81.0309     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thayer 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 Thayer 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 310.307 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.042 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.751 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 Thayer 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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<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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thayer.


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