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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Vivian to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Vivian to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Welch [Map], which is the Seat of McDowell County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 64 miles [103 km] to the North (N). If you could walk a straight line from Vivian 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 about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 262 miles [421.6 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 6,149 miles [9,895.9 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 6,859 miles [11,038.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,735 miles [7,620.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Vivian ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Vivian.

While the name Vivian is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Mohave County

Our profile page for Vivian, Mohave County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Mohave County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Caddo Parish

Our profile page for Vivian, Caddo Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 771 miles [1,240.8 km] to the West Southwest


Our profile page for Vivian   [Map]
Distance: About 1,135 miles [1,826.6 km] to the Northwest


Waseca County

Our profile page for Vivian, Waseca County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Waseca County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Elko County

Our profile page for Vivian, Elko County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,855 miles [2,985.3 km] to the West Northwest

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McIntosh County

Our profile page for Vivian, McIntosh County   [Map]
Distance: About 803 miles [1,292.3 km] to the West

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

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Lyman County

Our profile page for Vivian, Lyman County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,079 miles [1,736.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Foard County

Our profile page for Vivian, Foard County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,057 miles [1,701.1 km] to the West

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Vivian ...

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   -   Less than 2 miles to the West of Vivian   [Map]
Black Wolf   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Bottom Creek   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Clark (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Elkhorn   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Gary   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hemphill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Keystone   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Skygusty   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Superior   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Switchback   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Worth   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [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 Vivian. 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 northeast of Vivian

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 west of Vivian

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vivian. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4182, Longitude: -81.4873     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vivian 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 Vivian 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 310.589 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.293 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.097 degrees.

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<7>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 Vivian, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Vivian 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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<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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