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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Three Mile to ...

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Three Mile to Charleston, 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 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). The buggy would take nearly four hours and walking would take five to six hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 239 miles [384.6 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,101 miles [9,818.6 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 6,815 miles [10,967.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,691 miles [7,549.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Three Mile ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Three Mile.

While the name Three Mile is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Kentucky

Greenup County

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

Montana

Ravalli County

Our profile page for Three Mile, Ravalli County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Ravalli County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

North Carolina

Avery County

Our profile page for Three Mile, Avery County   [Map]
Distance: About 171 miles [275.2 km] to the South

Curious and Interesting Names Near Three Mile ...

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.

Acup   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast of Three Mile   [Map]
Big Chimney   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Elkview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Falling Rock   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Fivemile   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Frame   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Kelly Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pinch   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Quick   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Reamer   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sandy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Youngs Bottom   -   2 miles [3.2 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 Three Mile. 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 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest of Three Mile

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

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About Kanawha County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County: www.kanawha.us/

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 that begins in Three Mile. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Three Mile) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Three Mile. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4304, Longitude: -81.4296     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Three Mile 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 Three Mile 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 310.537 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.383 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.75 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 Three Mile 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>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 Three Mile, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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