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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Fayetteville [Map], which is the Seat of Fayette County, lies just to the North.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 40 miles [64.4 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Thurmond to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 228 miles [366.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, 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 6,108 miles [9,829.9 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 6,819 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 Thurmond ...

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

North Carolina

Surry County

Our profile page for Thurmond, Surry County   [Map]
Distance: About 110 miles [177 km] to the South

Curious and Interesting Names Near Thurmond ...

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)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast of Thurmond   [Map]
Bowlin   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Fire Creek (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Glen Jean   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Greenstown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Harvey   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hilltop   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Meadow Fork   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Prudence   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Red Ash (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Redstar   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rocklick   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Rosedale   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rush Run (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Scarbro   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

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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 Thurmond. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Thurmond) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Thurmond. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Thurmond

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thurmond. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9609, Longitude: -81.0797     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thurmond 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 Thurmond 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 310.335 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.083 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.752 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thurmond.