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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Trowbridge once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Trowbridge to:

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the North.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 128 miles [206 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Trowbridge to Charleston, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 146 miles [235 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,985 miles [9,631.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,699 miles [10,781 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,574 miles [7,361.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Trowbridge ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Trowbridge.

While the name Trowbridge is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

California

Sutter County

Our profile page for Trowbridge, Sutter County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,219 miles [3,571.1 km] to the West Northwest

Illinois

Shelby County

Our profile page for Trowbridge, Shelby County   [Map]
Distance: About 471 miles [758 km] to the West

Michigan

Cheboygan County

Our profile page for Trowbridge, Cheboygan County   [Map]
Distance: About 472 miles [759.6 km] to the North Northwest

Ingham County

Our profile page for Trowbridge, Ingham County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Ingham County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Ohio

Ottawa County

Our profile page for Trowbridge, Ottawa County   [Map]
Distance: About 240 miles [386.2 km] to the Northwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Trowbridge   [Map]
Distance: About 305 miles [490.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Tioga County

Our profile page for Trowbridge, Tioga County   [Map]
Distance: About 224 miles [360.5 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Trowbridge ...

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.

Camp Ground   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West of Trowbridge   [Map]
Chestnut Ridge   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Heathers Run   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Kanes Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Kanetown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Kingwood   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Mountain View   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Oriole (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Salt Lick   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [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 Trowbridge. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Trowbridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest of Trowbridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
 
Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast of Trowbridge

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

Other Roadside Stops ...



Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>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 Trowbridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Trowbridge. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Trowbridge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Trowbridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4287, Longitude: -79.6853     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Trowbridge have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Trowbridge to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.445 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.289 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.652 degrees.

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<8>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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Trowbridge 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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<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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