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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Whitcomb 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 Whitcomb 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 Whitcomb once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Whitcomb to:

  • Lewisburg [Map], which is the Seat of Greenbrier County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 76 miles [122.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). If you could drive a straight line from Whitcomb to Charleston, with an average speed<3>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 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 199 miles [320.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,089 miles [9,799.3 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 6,798 miles [10,940.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,674 miles [7,522.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Whitcomb ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Whitcomb.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Franklin County

Our profile page for Whitcomb, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 269 miles [432.9 km] to the West Northwest

Jennings County

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


Jackson County

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


Phillips County

Our profile page for Whitcomb, Phillips County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,575 miles [2,534.7 km] to the Northwest

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Linn County

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

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Benton County

Our profile page for Whitcomb, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,077 miles [3,342.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Shawano County

Our profile page for Whitcomb, Shawano County   [Map]
Distance: About 660 miles [1,062.2 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Whitcomb ...

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.

Crowfields   -   Less than 2 miles to the North of Whitcomb   [Map]
Dickson   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Hopper   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lewisburg   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Organ Cave   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Rockland   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rolling Hills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Teaberry   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Walnut Hills   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

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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 Whitcomb, 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' distance that begins in Whitcomb. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Whitcomb) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whitcomb. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7771, Longitude: -80.4281     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whitcomb 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 Whitcomb 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 309.949 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.615 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.537 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 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 Whitcomb 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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