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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Pineville [Map], which is the Seat of Wyoming County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 49 miles [78.9 km] to the North (N). If you could walk a straight line from Turkey to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 261 miles [420 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,143 miles [9,886.2 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 6,854 miles [11,030.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,730 miles [7,612.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Turkey ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Turkey.

While the name Turkey is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Marion County

Our profile page for Turkey, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 624 miles [1,004.2 km] to the West


Breathitt County

Our profile page for Turkey, Breathitt County   [Map]
Distance: About 106 miles [170.6 km] to the West


Wayne County

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

New Jersey

Monmouth County

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

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North Carolina

Sampson County

Our profile page for Turkey, Sampson County   [Map]
Distance: About 262 miles [421.6 km] to the Southeast

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Highland County

Our profile page for Turkey, Highland County   [Map]
Distance: About 143 miles [230.1 km] to the Northwest

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Clarion County

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

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Hall County

Our profile page for Turkey, Hall County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,099 miles [1,768.7 km] to the West

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Turkey ...

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.

Edith   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest of Turkey   [Map]
Fanny   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Glen Fork   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Glover   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hatcher   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Jesse   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Keyrock   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Lillydale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lillyhaven   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rock View   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Wyoming   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [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 Turkey. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the east of Turkey

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>
William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Turkey

Stirrat [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the west of Turkey

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the south of Turkey

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Turkey. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6404, Longitude: -81.5782     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Turkey 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 Turkey 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 310.64 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.385 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.066 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 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 Turkey 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>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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