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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Welch [Map], which is the Seat of McDowell County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 68 miles [109.4 km] to the North (N). If you could walk a straight line from Venus to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 266 miles [428.1 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 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,154 miles [9,903.9 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 6,864 miles [11,046.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,740 miles [7,628.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Venus ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Venus.

While the name Venus is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Madison County

Our profile page for Venus, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 675 miles [1,086.3 km] to the West


San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Venus, San Bernardino County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,956 miles [3,147.9 km] to the West


Dade County

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

Highlands County

Our profile page for Venus, Highlands County   [Map]
Distance: About 710 miles [1,142.6 km] to the South

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Harrison County

Our profile page for Venus, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 162 miles [260.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Maries County

Our profile page for Venus, Maries County   [Map]
Distance: About 575 miles [925.4 km] to the West

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Antelope County

Our profile page for Venus, Antelope County
Although located in Antelope County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Knox County

Our profile page for Venus, Knox County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 951 miles [1,530.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Beaver County

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

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Clarion County

Our profile page for Venus, Clarion County   [Map]
Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the North Northeast

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Lawrence County

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

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Johnson County

Our profile page for Venus, Johnson County   [Map]
Distance: About 943 miles [1,517.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Warren County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Venus ...

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.

Antler   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest of Venus   [Map]
Big Four   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Black Wolf   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Bottom Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Clark (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Cucumber   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Elkhorn   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Filbert   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Gary   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Hemphill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Jenkinjones   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Keystone   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Premier   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Skygusty   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Superior   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [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 Venus. 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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Venus

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 5 miles [8 km] to the northwest of Venus

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Venus. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3621, Longitude: -81.5368     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Venus 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 Venus 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 310.619 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.319 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.135 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 Venus 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 Venus, 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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