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Wanless, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Wanless to ...

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

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

  • Marlinton [Map], which is the Seat of Pocahontas County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Wanless to Marlinton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 93 miles [149.7 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 157 miles [252.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,038 miles [9,717.2 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 6,748 miles [10,859.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,624 miles [7,441.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wanless ...

While the name Wanless is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Our profile page for Wanless   [Map]

Distance: About 1,481 miles [2,383.4 km] to the Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Wanless ...

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.

Clover Lick   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest of Wanless   [Map]

Deer Creek   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Dunmore   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Durbin   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Frank   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Green Bank   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Mace   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Mingo   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Olive   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Spruce   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Stony Bottom   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Walnut   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [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 Wanless. 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.

Mary Johnston

Author. She was born in Buchanan (Virginia) on Monday November 21, 1870 and died in Warm Springs (Virginia) on Saturday May 9, 1936 at an age of 65. She was buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Warm Springs [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Wanless

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Johnston<7>

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wanless) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wanless. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4373, Longitude: -79.9070     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wanless 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 Wanless 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 309.618 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.336 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.095 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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