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Upland, West Virginia
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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Welch [Map], which is the Seat of McDowell County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Upland to Welch, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 67 miles [107.8 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 259 miles [416.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving 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 6,148 miles [9,894.2 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 6,857 miles [11,035.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,733 miles [7,617 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Upland ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name Upland.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Upland. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 13 communities in the United States - with 14 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Upland, San Bernardino County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,030 miles [3,267 km] to the West


Grant County

Our profile page for Upland, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 304 miles [489.2 km] to the Northwest


Dickinson County

Our profile page for Upland, Dickinson County   [Map]
Distance: About 852 miles [1,371.2 km] to the West Northwest

Jewell County

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

Marshall County

Our profile page for Upland, Marshall County   [Map]
Distance: About 832 miles [1,339 km] to the West Northwest

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Pulaski County

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

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Morehouse Parish

Our profile page for Upland, Morehouse Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 672 miles [1,081.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Franklin County

Our profile page for Upland, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 959 miles [1,543.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Belmont County

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

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Chester County

Our profile page for Upland, Chester County   [Map]
Distance: About 349 miles [561.7 km] to the East Northeast

Delaware County

Our profile page for Upland, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 367 miles [590.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Upton County

Our profile page for Upland, Upton County
This community is historic.
Although located in Upton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Davis County

Our profile page for Upland, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,642 miles [2,642.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Upland ...

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.

Big Four   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West of Upland   [Map]
Black Wolf   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Bottom Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Cherokee   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Clark (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Coaldale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Crumpler   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Elkhorn   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Keystone   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Skygusty   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Switchback   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Worth   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [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 Upland. 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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Upland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>
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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the west of Upland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Upland. 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 that starts in Upland. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Upland) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Upland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3926, Longitude: -81.4215     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Upland 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 Upland 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 310.549 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.244 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.078 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 Upland 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 Upland, 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:

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