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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Grafton [Map], which is the Seat of Taylor County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 104 miles [167.4 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Wendel to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 4 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 166 miles [267.2 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,008 miles [9,668.9 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 6,722 miles [10,818 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,598 miles [7,399.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wendel ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Wendel.

While the name Wendel is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Lassen County

Our profile page for Wendel, Lassen County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,110 miles [3,395.7 km] to the West Northwest


Bureau County

Our profile page for Wendel, Bureau County   [Map]
Distance: About 502 miles [807.9 km] to the West Northwest


Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Wendel, Westmoreland County   [Map]
Distance: About 72 miles [115.9 km] to the North Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Wendel ...

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.

Bear Mountain   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest of Wendel   [Map]
Belgium   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Blueville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Cecil   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Elliotsville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Hopewell   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Knottsville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Maple Lake   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Oral Lake   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Pepper   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Pleasant Creek (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sandy (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Stone House (Historic)   -   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 Wendel. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Wendel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<7>

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wendel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2965, Longitude: -80.1054     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wendel 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 Wendel 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 309.706 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.565 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.882 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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