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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Wiggins to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Wiggins to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Hinton [Map], which is the Seat of Summers County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 64 miles [103 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Wiggins to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 223 miles [358.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,111 miles [9,834.7 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 6,821 miles [10,977.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,697 miles [7,559.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wiggins ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Wiggins.

While the name Wiggins is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Covington County

Our profile page for Wiggins, Covington County   [Map]
Distance: About 537 miles [864.2 km] to the Southwest

Colorado

Morgan County

Our profile page for Wiggins, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,256 miles [2,021.3 km] to the West Northwest

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Wiggins, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 669 miles [1,076.7 km] to the South

Manatee County

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

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Georgia

Ben Hill County

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

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Michigan

Oscoda County

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

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Mississippi

Leake County

Our profile page for Wiggins, Leake County   [Map]
Distance: About 602 miles [968.8 km] to the West Southwest

Stone County

Our profile page for Wiggins, Stone County   [Map]
Distance: About 666 miles [1,071.8 km] to the Southwest

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Ohio

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Wiggins, Montgomery County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Montgomery County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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South Carolina

Colleton County

Our profile page for Wiggins, Colleton County   [Map]
Distance: About 349 miles [561.7 km] to the South

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Texas

Cass County

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

McLennan County

Our profile page for Wiggins, McLennan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,010 miles [1,625.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Wiggins, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,667 miles [2,682.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Wiggins ...

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.

Buck   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South of Wiggins   [Map]
Crossroads   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Egypt (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Grahams Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Hix   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Jumping Branch   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Marie   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Packs Ferry   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Ramp   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [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 Wiggins. 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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Wiggins

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wiggins. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6593, Longitude: -80.8379     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wiggins 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 Wiggins 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 310.196 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.88 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.748 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Wiggins 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 Wiggins, 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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