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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Wells once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Wells to:

  • Moundsville [Map], which is the Seat of Marshall County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Wells to Moundsville, with an average speed<3> 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 113 miles [181.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 199 miles [320.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,007 miles [9,667.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,724 miles [10,821.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,599 miles [7,401.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Wells ...

We have found 42 communities that share the name Wells.

While the name Wells is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 42 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alaska

Our profile page for Wells   [Map]
Distance: About 2,717 miles [4,372.6 km] to the Northwest

British Columbia

Our profile page for Wells   [Map]
Distance: About 2,118 miles [3,408.6 km] to the Northwest

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Wells, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 822 miles [1,322.9 km] to the South

Georgia

Murray County

Our profile page for Wells, Murray County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 422 miles [679.1 km] to the Southwest

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Illinois

Gallatin County

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

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Indiana

Miami County

Our profile page for Wells, Miami County   [Map]
Distance: About 298 miles [479.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Iowa

Madison County

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

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Kansas

Marshall County

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

Ottawa County

Our profile page for Wells, Ottawa County   [Map]
Distance: About 903 miles [1,453.2 km] to the West

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Kentucky

Martin County

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

Morgan County

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

Muhlenberg County

Our profile page for Wells, Muhlenberg County   [Map]
Distance: About 394 miles [634.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Maine

York County

Our profile page for Wells, York County   [Map]
Distance: About 571 miles [918.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Allegan County

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

Antrim County

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

Arenac County

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

Delta County

Our profile page for Wells, Delta County   [Map]
Distance: About 528 miles [849.7 km] to the Northwest

Tuscola County

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

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Minnesota

Faribault County

Our profile page for Wells, Faribault County   [Map]
Distance: About 728 miles [1,171.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Mississippi

Attala County

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

Lowndes County

Our profile page for Wells, Lowndes County   [Map]
Distance: About 606 miles [975.3 km] to the Southwest

Rankin County

Our profile page for Wells, Rankin County   [Map]
Distance: About 739 miles [1,189.3 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Saint Louis County

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

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Nevada

Elko County

Our profile page for Wells, Elko County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,796 miles [2,890.4 km] to the West Northwest

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Wells   [Map]
Distance: About 838 miles [1,348.6 km] to the East Northeast

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New Mexico

San Miguel County

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

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New York

Chemung County

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

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Wells, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 409 miles [658.2 km] to the Northeast

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North Dakota

Wells County

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

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Oregon

Benton County

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

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Pennsylvania

Bradford County

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

Indiana County

Our profile page for Wells, Indiana County   [Map]
Distance: About 104 miles [167.4 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Orangeburg County

Our profile page for Wells, Orangeburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 442 miles [711.3 km] to the South

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Tennessee

Shelby County

Our profile page for Wells, Shelby County   [Map]
Distance: About 601 miles [967.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Wells, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 986 miles [1,586.8 km] to the West Southwest

Lynn County

Our profile page for Wells, Lynn County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,270 miles [2,043.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Wells, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,638 miles [2,636.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Vermont

Rutland County

Our profile page for Wells, Rutland County   [Map]
Distance: About 456 miles [733.9 km] to the Northeast

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Virginia

Augusta County

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

Wise County

Our profile page for Wells, Wise County   [Map]
Distance: About 223 miles [358.9 km] to the South Southwest

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Washington

Lincoln County

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

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Wisconsin

Calumet County

Our profile page for Wells, Calumet County   [Map]
Distance: About 484 miles [778.9 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Wells ...

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 Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast of Wells   [Map]
Bryan (PA)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Deep Valley (PA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Georgetown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Howard (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Littleton   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lone Oak   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Lynn Camp   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Ned (PA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
New Freeport (PA)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Quiet Dell (PA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Rocklick   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rockport   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Windy Gap (PA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Wolf Run   -   8 miles [12.9 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 Wells. 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.

Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard
  Suffragette. She was born in Woodsfield (Ohio) on Friday November 10, 1826 and died in Saint Louis (Missouri) on Friday March 1, 1912 at an age of 85. She was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Woodsfield [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Wells

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard<9>
 
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Wells

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
 
William Holmes McGuffey
  Author, educator. He was born in Claysville (Pennsylvania) on Tueday September 23, 1800 and died in Charlottesville (Virginia) on Sunday May 4, 1873 at an age of 72.

Claysville [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Wells

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Holmes McGuffey

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Wells, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in Wells. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wells) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wells. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.7829, Longitude: -80.5923     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wells have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Wells to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.984 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.955 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.927 degrees.

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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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Wells 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: findagrave.com.

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