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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Williamson [Map], which is the Seat of Mingo County, lies just to the West.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 54 miles [86.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Varney to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 288 miles [463.5 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 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,164 miles [9,920 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 6,877 miles [11,067.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,752 miles [7,647.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Varney ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Varney.

While the name Varney is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Pike County

Our profile page for Varney, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West


Madison County

Our profile page for Varney, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,609 miles [2,589.4 km] to the West Northwest

New Mexico

Torrance County

Our profile page for Varney, Torrance County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,326 miles [2,134 km] to the West


Our profile page for Varney   [Map]
Distance: About 451 miles [725.8 km] to the North

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Varney ...

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.

Blackberry City   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest of Varney   [Map]
Cinderella   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Lynn   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Oilville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pie   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Pine Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Puritan Mines   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ragland   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Red Jacket   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Stringtown (KY)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Thacker   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Thacker Mines   -   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 Varney. 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.

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Varney

Stirrat [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast of Varney

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<7>
Milalrd 'Dixie' Howell
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Harold (Kentucky) on Wednesday January 7, 1920 and died in Hollywood (Florida) on Friday March 18, 1960 at an age of 40. He was buried at Oak Lawn Cemetery (Luzerne County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Harold [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Varney

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Milalrd 'Dixie' Howell

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Varney. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6693, Longitude: -82.1221     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Varney 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 Varney 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 310.968 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.763 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.287 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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