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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Thomas to ...

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

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

  • Parsons [Map], which is the Seat of Tucker County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Thomas to Parsons, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 127 miles [204.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 133 miles [214 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,990 miles [9,640 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 6,702 miles [10,785.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,577 miles [7,366 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thomas ...

We have found 37 communities that share the name Thomas.

While the name Thomas is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 37 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Thomas, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 563 miles [906.1 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Prairie County

Our profile page for Thomas, Prairie County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 728 miles [1,171.6 km] to the West Southwest

Georgia

Burke County

Our profile page for Thomas, Burke County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Burke County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Idaho

Bingham County

Our profile page for Thomas, Bingham County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,726 miles [2,777.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Bureau County

Our profile page for Thomas, Bureau County   [Map]
Distance: About 566 miles [910.9 km] to the West Northwest

Vermilion County

Our profile page for Thomas, Vermilion County   [Map]
Distance: About 433 miles [696.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Davies's County

Our profile page for Thomas, Davies's County   [Map]
Distance: About 417 miles [671.1 km] to the West

Warren County

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

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Kansas

Barton County

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

Ellsworth County

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

Marshall County

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

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Kentucky

Boyd County

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

Estill County

Our profile page for Thomas, Estill County   [Map]
Distance: About 267 miles [429.7 km] to the West Southwest

Floyd County

Our profile page for Thomas, Floyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 195 miles [313.8 km] to the West Southwest

Pike County

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

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Louisiana

Bienville Parish

Our profile page for Thomas, Bienville Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 901 miles [1,450 km] to the West Southwest

Rapides Parish

Our profile page for Thomas, Rapides Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 898 miles [1,445.2 km] to the West Southwest

Washington Parish

Our profile page for Thomas, Washington Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 819 miles [1,318.1 km] to the Southwest

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Maryland

Dorchester County

Our profile page for Thomas, Dorchester County   [Map]
Distance: About 177 miles [284.9 km] to the East Southeast

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Michigan

Oakland County

Our profile page for Thomas, Oakland County   [Map]
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the Northwest

Tuscola County

Our profile page for Thomas, Tuscola County   [Map]
Distance: About 377 miles [606.7 km] to the North Northwest

Van Buren County

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

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Missouri

Harrison County

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

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New Hampshire

Cheshire County

Our profile page for Thomas, Cheshire County   [Map]
Distance: About 461 miles [741.9 km] to the Northeast

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New Mexico

Union County

Our profile page for Thomas, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,311 miles [2,109.8 km] to the West

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Oklahoma

Custer County

Our profile page for Thomas, Custer County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,078 miles [1,734.9 km] to the West

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Pennsylvania

Washington County

Our profile page for Thomas, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 81 miles [130.4 km] to the North Northwest

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Quebec

Our profile page for Thomas   [Map]
Distance: About 636 miles [1,023.5 km] to the North Northeast

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South Dakota

Hamlin County

Our profile page for Thomas, Hamlin County   [Map]
Distance: About 986 miles [1,586.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Putnam County

Our profile page for Thomas, Putnam County   [Map]
Distance: About 397 miles [638.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Panola County

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

Rockwall County

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

Upshur County

Our profile page for Thomas, Upshur County   [Map]
Distance: About 970 miles [1,561.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Thomas, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,706 miles [2,745.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Buchanan County

Our profile page for Thomas, Buchanan County   [Map]
Distance: About 190 miles [305.8 km] to the Southwest

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Washington

King County

Our profile page for Thomas, King County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,192 miles [3,527.7 km] to the West Northwest

Walla Walla County

Our profile page for Thomas, Walla Walla County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,000 miles [3,218.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Thomas ...

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.

Breedlove (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North of Thomas   [Map]
Elk   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Henry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Holly Meadows   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Horse Shoe Run   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Lead Mine   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lime Rock (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Location   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mill Run (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Pierce   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Pleasant Vale   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Sell   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Silver Lake   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [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 Thomas. 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.

Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located Less than 2 miles to the north of Thomas

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Thomas. 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 Thomas. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Thomas) 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 Thomas. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Thomas

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thomas. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1473, Longitude: -79.4975     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thomas 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 Thomas 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 309.344 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.131 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.671 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 Thomas, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Thomas 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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<9>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 Thomas.



 
 
 

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