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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for White Oak Springs.

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from White Oak Springs to Kingwood, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 138 miles [222.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 137 miles [220.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,975 miles [9,615.8 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 6,688 miles [10,763.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,564 miles [7,345 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named White Oak Springs ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name White Oak Springs.

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Alabama

Barbour County

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

Illinois

Brown County

Our profile page for White Oak Springs, Brown County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 601 miles [967.2 km] to the West

Texas

Titus County

Our profile page for White Oak Springs, Titus County   [Map]
Distance: About 968 miles [1,557.8 km] to the West Southwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near White Oak Springs ...

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.

Amboy   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South of White Oak Springs   [Map]
Aurora   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Cranesville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Deer Park (MD)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Elder Hill (MD)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Freeport   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Fricks Crossing (MD)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Heathers Run   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]
Kingwood   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Lake Ford (MD)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Locust Grove (MD)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Salt Lick   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sugar Valley   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sunnyside (MD)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]
Valley Point   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [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 White Oak Springs. 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 northwest of White Oak Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the south of White Oak Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for White Oak Springs. 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 'point-to-point' distance starting from White Oak Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- White Oak Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in White Oak Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4870, Longitude: -79.5006     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for White Oak Springs 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 White Oak Springs 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 309.33 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.167 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.55 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 White Oak Springs 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 White Oak Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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