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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Madison [Map], which is the Seat of Boone County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 26 miles [41.8 km] to the North (N). If you could walk a straight line from West Junction to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 261 miles [420 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 6,134 miles [9,871.7 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 6,846 miles [11,017.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,722 miles [7,599.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named West Junction ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name West Junction.

While the name West Junction is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Delaware

New Castle County

Our profile page for West Junction, New Castle County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in New Castle County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Illinois

Stephenson County

Our profile page for West Junction, Stephenson County   [Map]
Distance: About 514 miles [827.2 km] to the Northwest

Ohio

Ross County

Our profile page for West Junction, Ross County   [Map]
Distance: About 102 miles [164.2 km] to the North Northwest

Vinton County

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

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Pennsylvania

Lackawanna County

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

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Tennessee

Shelby County

Our profile page for West Junction, Shelby County   [Map]
Distance: About 506 miles [814.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Harris County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near West Junction ...

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.

Bob White   -   Less than 2 miles to the South of West Junction   [Map]
Clothier   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Coal Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Gordon   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Greenview   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Marthatown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Price Hill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Stark   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Twilight   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Williams Mountain   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [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 West Junction. 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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of West Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>
 
Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of West Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for West Junction. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for West Junction. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from West Junction

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Junction. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9749, Longitude: -81.7168     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Junction have been estimated.

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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 West Junction 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 310.719 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.524 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.019 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 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 West Junction 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>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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