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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Madison [Map], which is the Seat of Boone County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 26 miles [41.8 km] to the North (N). If you could walk a straight line from Van to Charleston, 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.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 260 miles [418.4 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 6,133 miles [9,870.1 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 6,846 miles [11,017.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,722 miles [7,599.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Van ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name Van.

While the name Van is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 14 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arkansas County

Our profile page for Van, Arkansas County   [Map]
Distance: About 587 miles [944.7 km] to the West Southwest


Cass County

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


Marshall County

Our profile page for Van, Marshall County   [Map]
Distance: About 657 miles [1,057.3 km] to the West Northwest


Letcher County

Our profile page for Van, Letcher County   [Map]
Distance: About 85 miles [136.8 km] to the Southwest

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Emmet County

Our profile page for Van, Emmet County   [Map]
Distance: About 549 miles [883.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Douglas County

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

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Polk County

Our profile page for Van, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 632 miles [1,017.1 km] to the West

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Logan County

Our profile page for Van, Logan County   [Map]
Distance: About 202 miles [325.1 km] to the North Northwest

Vinton County

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

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Harney County

Our profile page for Van, Harney County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,954 miles [3,144.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Venango County

Our profile page for Van, Venango County   [Map]
Distance: About 255 miles [410.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Van Zandt County

Our profile page for Van, Van Zandt County   [Map]
Distance: About 869 miles [1,398.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Millard County

Our profile page for Van, Millard County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,664 miles [2,677.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Lee County

Our profile page for Van, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 123 miles [197.9 km] to the Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Van ...

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.

Bald Knob   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast of Van   [Map]
Bob White   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Clothier   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Coal Valley   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Gordon   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Greenview   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Low Gap   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Marthatown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Milltown   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Price Hill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sodom   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Stark   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Twilight   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Williams Mountain   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Van. 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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Van

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>
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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest of Van

Stirrat [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Van

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Van

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Van. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9719, Longitude: -81.7064     [Map].

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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 Van 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 310.713 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.516 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.016 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Van 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 Van, 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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