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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Lewisburg [Map], which is the Seat of Greenbrier County, lies 27 miles [43.5 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Trainer to Lewisburg, 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 89 miles [143.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 172 miles [276.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,061 miles [9,754.2 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 6,769 miles [10,893.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,646 miles [7,477 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Trainer ...

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Delaware County

Our profile page for Trainer, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 277 miles [445.8 km] to the East Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Trainer ...

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.

Beard   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West of Trainer   [Map]
Buckeye   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Burr   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Falling Spring (VA)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]
Greenwood (VA) (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Healing Springs (VA)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hot Springs (VA)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Huntersville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]
Jenkins Ford (VA)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Locust   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Mill Run (Historic)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Minnehaha Springs   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Mooretown (VA)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mountain Grove (VA)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sue   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Switch Back (VA)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Tinkertown (VA)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Violet   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [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 Trainer. 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.

Mary Johnston
  Author. She was born in Buchanan (Virginia) on Monday November 21, 1870 and died in Warm Springs (Virginia) on Saturday May 9, 1936 at an age of 65. She was buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Buchanan [Map] is located 40 miles [64.4 km] to the southeast of Trainer

Warm Springs [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the east of Trainer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Johnston<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 from Trainer. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Trainer) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Trainer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0398, Longitude: -80.0317     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Trainer 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 Trainer 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 309.705 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.376 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.283 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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