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Wildcat, West Virginia
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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Sutton [Map], which is the Seat of Braxton County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Wildcat to Sutton, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 69 miles [111 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 184 miles [296.1 km] to the East (E). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,047 miles [9,731.7 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 6,760 miles [10,879.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,635 miles [7,459.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Wildcat ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Wildcat.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Wildcat. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 11 communities in the United States and Canada - with 11 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Crittenden County

Our profile page for Wildcat, Crittenden County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 602 miles [968.8 km] to the West Southwest


Weld County

Our profile page for Wildcat, Weld County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,301 miles [2,093.8 km] to the West Northwest


Tensas Parish

Our profile page for Wildcat, Tensas Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 763 miles [1,227.9 km] to the West Southwest

New Mexico

McKinley County

Our profile page for Wildcat, McKinley County
Although located in McKinley County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Wildcat
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Okmulgee County

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

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Clarion County

Our profile page for Wildcat, Clarion County   [Map]
Distance: About 165 miles [265.5 km] to the North Northeast

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South Carolina

Union County

Our profile page for Wildcat, Union County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 293 miles [471.5 km] to the South Southwest

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Henderson County

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

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Carbon County

Our profile page for Wildcat, Carbon County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,623 miles [2,612 km] to the West Northwest

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Campbell County

Our profile page for Wildcat, Campbell County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,355 miles [2,180.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Wildcat ...

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.

Bulltown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest of Wildcat   [Map]
Eden   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Falls Mill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Fishers Crossing   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Gregory   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Guardian   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Hacker Valley   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Holly   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Ireland   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Joppa   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Little Wildcat (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Wildcat   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [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 Wildcat, 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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Wildcat. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wildcat) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wildcat. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7445, Longitude: -80.4554     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wildcat 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 Wildcat 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 309.938 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.747 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.225 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 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 Wildcat 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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