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Thornwood, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Marlinton [Map], which is the Seat of Pocahontas County, lies 29 miles [46.7 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Thornwood to Marlinton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 103 miles [165.8 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take 4 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 147 miles [236.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,026 miles [9,697.9 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 6,736 miles [10,840.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,612 miles [7,422.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thornwood ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Thornwood.

While the name Thornwood is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Bibb County

Our profile page for Thornwood, Bibb County   [Map]
Distance: About 449 miles [722.6 km] to the South Southwest

New York

Westchester County

Our profile page for Thornwood, Westchester County   [Map]
Distance: About 362 miles [582.6 km] to the East Northeast


Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Thornwood, Westmoreland County   [Map]
Distance: About 107 miles [172.2 km] to the North

South Carolina

Greenville County

Our profile page for Thornwood, Greenville County   [Map]
Distance: About 290 miles [466.7 km] to the South Southwest

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Harris County

Our profile page for Thornwood, Harris County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,088 miles [1,751 km] to the West Southwest

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Skagit County

Our profile page for Thornwood, Skagit County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,203 miles [3,545.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Thornwood ...

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.

Blue Grass (VA)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East of Thornwood   [Map]
Burner   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Durbin   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Frank   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Gertrude (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Green Bank   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hardscrabble (VA)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Hightown (VA)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
May   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Olive   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thornwood. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5584, Longitude: -79.7370     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thornwood 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 Thornwood 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 309.512 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.233 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.981 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thornwood.