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Wattsville, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Clay [Map], which is the Seat of Clay County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Wattsville to Clay, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 42 miles [67.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 207 miles [333.1 km] to the East (E). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,075 miles [9,776.8 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 6,788 miles [10,924.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,663 miles [7,504.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wattsville ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Wattsville.

While the name Wattsville is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Wattsville, Saint Clair County   [Map]

Distance: About 449 miles [722.6 km] to the Southwest.


Winn Parish

Our profile page for Wattsville, Winn Parish

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Winn Parish, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Platte County

Our profile page for Wattsville, Platte County

This community is historic.<8>

Although located in Platte County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Carroll County

Our profile page for Wattsville, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 143 miles [230.1 km] to the North.

South Carolina

Laurens County

Our profile page for Wattsville, Laurens County   [Map]

Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the South Southwest.


Robertson County

Our profile page for Wattsville, Robertson County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Robertson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Accomack County

Our profile page for Wattsville, Accomack County   [Map]

Distance: About 293 miles [471.5 km] to the East.


Milwaukee County

Our profile page for Wattsville, Milwaukee County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Milwaukee County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Wattsville ...

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.

Birch River   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East of Wattsville   [Map]

Duck   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Frame Knob (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Groves   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hookersville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Ira   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Meadville (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Middle Run   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Sand Fork   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Strange Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Twistville (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

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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- Wattsville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wattsville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4959, Longitude: -80.8609     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wattsville 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 Wattsville 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 310.19 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.997 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.483 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Wattsville 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 Wattsville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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