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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Winfield [Map], which is the Seat of Putnam County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Thompson Acres to Winfield, 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 22 miles [35.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 271 miles [436.1 km] to the East (E). 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 6,127 miles [9,860.5 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 6,842 miles [11,011.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,717 miles [7,591.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thompson Acres ...

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Thompson Acres, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,596 miles [2,568.5 km] to the West Northwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Thompson Acres ...

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.

Amandaville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East of Thompson Acres   [Map]
Cheyenne Valley   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Fudges Creek   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Hickory Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hurricane   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Hurricane Bridge (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Lake Washington   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Portersville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Prairietown   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rolling Hills   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Rolling Meadows   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Scary   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Strawberry Heights   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Virginia Heights   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [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 Thompson Acres. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Thompson Acres

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<7>

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thompson Acres. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4140, Longitude: -82.0324     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thompson Acres 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 Thompson Acres 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 310.904 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.799 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.016 degrees.

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<7>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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