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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Logan [Map], which is the Seat of Logan County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 42 miles [67.6 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Whitman to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 280 miles [450.6 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 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,154 miles [9,903.9 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 6,866 miles [11,049.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,742 miles [7,631.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Whitman ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Whitman.

While the name Whitman is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Indiana

Pike County

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

Kansas

Ford County

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

Sumner County

Our profile page for Whitman, Sumner County   [Map]
Distance: About 829 miles [1,334.1 km] to the West

Louisiana

West Feliciana Parish

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

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Massachusetts

Plymouth County

Our profile page for Whitman, Plymouth County   [Map]
Distance: About 656 miles [1,055.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Marquette County

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

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Minnesota

Winona County

Our profile page for Whitman, Winona County   [Map]
Distance: About 671 miles [1,079.9 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Grant County

Our profile page for Whitman, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,070 miles [1,722 km] to the West Northwest

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New York

Delaware County

Our profile page for Whitman, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 463 miles [745.1 km] to the Northeast

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North Dakota

Nelson County

Our profile page for Whitman, Nelson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,078 miles [1,734.9 km] to the Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Philadelphia County

Our profile page for Whitman, Philadelphia County   [Map]
Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Tennessee

Campbell County

Our profile page for Whitman, Campbell County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 154 miles [247.8 km] to the Southwest

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Texas

Washington County

Our profile page for Whitman, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 965 miles [1,553 km] to the West Southwest

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Washington

Walla Walla County

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

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Wyoming

Niobrara County

Our profile page for Whitman, Niobrara County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,210 miles [1,947.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Whitman ...

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.

Black Bottom   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast of Whitman   [Map]
Diamond   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Dog Patch   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Frogtown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hedgeview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Monitor   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Ridgeview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Shamrock   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Trace Junction   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Walnut Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whitman. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8134, Longitude: -82.0246     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whitman 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 Whitman 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 310.907 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.715 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.201 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 Whitman 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 Whitman, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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