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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Compton, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Compton and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Compton:
    • 40.624788, -79.740326
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Compton
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Compton ...

We have found twenty communities that share the name Compton.

There is one other community in Pennsylvania which is also named Compton.

Beyond Pennsylvania, we know of another nineteen communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these nineteen communities, nineteen are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Located In Pennsylvania ...
    • Somerset County
      • This Compton is located in Somerset County and lies 67 miles [107.8 km]<1> to the south southeast of the Compton that is located in Allegheny County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Compton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Somerset County community of Compton.
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Blount County
      • This Compton is located in Blount County and lies 603 miles [970.4 km]<1> to the southwest of the Compton that is located in Allegheny County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Compton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Blount County community of Compton.
    • Arkansas
      • Hempstead County
      • This community is historic<2> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Arkansas community of Compton [Hempstead County].
      • Newton County
      • This Compton is located in Newton County and lies 796 miles [1,281 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Compton that is located in Allegheny County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Compton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Newton County community of Compton.
    • California
      • Los Angeles County
      • This Compton is located in Los Angeles County and lies 2,147 miles [3,455.3 km]<1> to the west of the Compton that is located in Allegheny County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Compton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Los Angeles County community of Compton.
    • Georgia
      • Jasper County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Compton [Jasper County].
      • Stewart County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Compton [Stewart County].
    • Illinois
      • Lee County
      • This Compton is located in Lee County and lies 491 miles [790.2 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Compton that is located in Allegheny County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Compton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lee County community of Compton.
    • Maryland
      • Charles County
      • This Compton is located in Charles County and lies 205 miles [329.9 km]<1> to the southeast of the Compton that is located in Allegheny County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Compton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Charles County community of Compton.
      • Saint Mary's County
      • This Compton is located in Saint Mary's County and lies 229 miles [368.5 km] to the southeast of the Compton that is located in Allegheny County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Compton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saint Mary's County community of Compton.
    • Michigan
      • Osceola County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Compton [Osceola County].
    • Minnesota
      • Itasca County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Minnesota community of Compton [Itasca County].
    • Missouri
      • Webster County
      • This community is historic<2> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Missouri community of Compton [Webster County].
    • Nebraska
      • Cherry County
      • This community is historic<2> and although located in Cherry County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cherry County community of Compton.
    • New Hampshire
      • Grafton County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the New Hampshire community of Compton [Grafton County].
    • Oklahoma
      • Le Flore County
      • This Compton is located in Le Flore County and lies 924 miles [1,487 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Compton that is located in Allegheny County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Compton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Le Flore County community of Compton.
    • Quebec
      • This Compton lies 511 miles [822.4 km]<1> to the northeast of the Compton that is located in Allegheny County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Compton
    • Tennessee
      • Rutherford County
      • This Compton is located in Rutherford County and lies 483 miles [777.3 km]<1> to the southwest of the Compton that is located in Allegheny County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Compton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rutherford County community of Compton.
    • Texas
      • Rusk County
      • Although located in Rusk County, we don't know the location within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rusk County community of Compton.
    • Virginia
      • Page County
      • This Compton is located in Page County and lies 146 miles [235 km]<1> to the south southeast of the Compton that is located in Allegheny County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Compton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Page County community of Compton.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Compton ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Arnold [Westmoreland County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arnold have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arnold
    • Arnold [Westmoreland County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Compton
    • Estimated population in 2019: 4,831 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arnold
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arnold<5>
  • Bagdad [Westmoreland County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bagdad have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bagdad
    • Bagdad [Westmoreland County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Compton
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bagdad
  • Benjamin [Allegheny County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Benjamin have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Benjamin
    • Benjamin [Allegheny County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Compton
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Benjamin
  • Birdville [Allegheny County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Birdville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Birdville
    • Birdville [Allegheny County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northeast of Compton
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Birdville
  • Continue List   (10 more) ...
    • Butler Junction [Butler County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Butler Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Butler Junction
      • Butler Junction [Butler County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Compton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Butler Junction
    • Curtisville [Allegheny County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Curtisville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Curtisville
      • Curtisville [Allegheny County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Compton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Curtisville
    • Edgecliff [Westmoreland County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edgecliff have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edgecliff
      • Edgecliff [Westmoreland County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Compton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edgecliff
    • Freeport [Armstrong County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Freeport have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freeport
      • Freeport [Armstrong County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Compton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,677 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Freeport
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Freeport<5>
    • Laneville [Armstrong County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laneville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laneville
      • Laneville [Armstrong County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Compton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laneville
    • Pleasantville [Allegheny County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasantville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasantville
      • Pleasantville [Allegheny County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Compton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasantville
    • Red Hot [Allegheny County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Hot have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Hot
      • Red Hot [Allegheny County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Compton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Hot
    • Rural Ridge [Allegheny County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rural Ridge have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rural Ridge
      • Rural Ridge [Allegheny County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Compton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rural Ridge
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rural Ridge<5>
    • Silverville [Butler County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silverville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silverville
      • Silverville [Butler County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Compton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silverville
    • Valley Camp [Westmoreland County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Valley Camp have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valley Camp
      • Valley Camp [Westmoreland County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Compton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley Camp

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 Compton. 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.

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    • John Charles Barclay     (Inventor)
      • Inventor. He was born in Greensburg (Pennsylvania) on Thursday April 17, 1856 and died in Easton (Pennsylvania) on Friday August 24, 1934 at the age of 78. He is buried at Mt. Hebron Cemetery (Essex County, New Jersey).
      • Greensburg is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Charles Barclay<6>
    • Nellie Bly     (Journalist)
      • Journalist. She was born in Cochrans Mills (Pennsylvania) on Thursday May 5, 1864 and died in Bronx (New York) on Friday January 27, 1922 at the age of 57. She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx County, New York).
      • Cochrans Mills is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nellie Bly<6>
    • William Dickson Boyce     (Founder of the Boy Scouts of America)
      • Founder of the Boy Scouts of America. He was born in New Texas (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday June 16, 1858 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Tueday June 11, 1929 at the age of 71. He is buried at Ottawa Ave. Cemetery (La Salle County, Illinois).
      • New Texas is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the south of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Dickson Boyce<6>
    • Don Brockett     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Lawrenceville (Pennsylvania) on Thursday January 30, 1930 and died in Lawrenceville (Pennsylvania) on Tueday May 2, 1995 at the age of 65. He is buried at Allegheny Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania).
      • Lawrenceville is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Compton.
      • Lawrenceville is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Brockett<6>
    • John Mitchell Brooks     (Civil rights activist)
      • Civil rights activist. He was born in Braddock (Pennsylvania) on Saturday September 1, 1917 and died in Richmond (Virginia) on Friday August 8, 1980 at the age of 62. He is buried at Riverview Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia).
      • Braddock is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Mitchell Brooks<6>
    • Doug Buffone     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Yatesboro (Pennsylvania) on Tueday June 27, 1944 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Monday April 20, 2015 at the age of 70. He is buried at Graceland Cemetery (Macon County, Illinois).
      • Yatesboro is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Doug Buffone<6>
    • Caitlin Clarke     (Actress, instructor)
      • Actress, instructor. She was born in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Saturday May 3, 1952 and died in Sewickley (Pennsylvania) on Thursday September 9, 2004 at the age of 52. She is buried at Sewickley Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania).
      • Pittsburgh is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Compton.
      • Sewickley is located 23 miles [37 km] to the west of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Caitlin Clarke<6>
    • James 'Buster' Clarkson     (Negro League Baseball)
      • Negro League Baseball. He was born in Hopkins (South Carolina) on Thursday March 13, 1913 and died in Jeannette (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday January 18, 1989 at the age of 75. He is buried at Brush Creek Cemetery (Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania).
      • Jeannette is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the south of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James 'Buster' Clarkson<6>
    • Lloyd Colteryahn     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Brentwood (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday August 26, 1931 and died in Dunedin (Florida) on Monday May 2, 2011 at the age of 79. He is buried at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery (Prince George's County, Maryland).
      • Brentwood is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lloyd Colteryahn<6>
    • William Eythe     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Mars (Pennsylvania) on Sunday April 7, 1918 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday January 26, 1957 at the age of 38. He is buried at St. Peters Cemetery (Butler County, Pennsylvania).
      • Mars is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Eythe<6>
    • Stephen Foster     (Composer)
      • Composer. He was born in Lawrenceville (Pennsylvania) on Tueday July 4, 1826 and died in New York (New York) on Wednesday January 13, 1864 at the age of 37. He is buried at Allegheny Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania).
      • Lawrenceville is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Stephen Foster<6>
    • Paul Mitchell 'Mitch' Frerotte     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Laird Crossing (Pennsylvania) on Tueday March 30, 1965 and died in Kittanning (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday June 11, 2008 at the age of 43. He is buried at Kittanning Cemetery (Armstrong County, Pennsylvania).
      • Laird Crossing is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Compton.
      • Kittanning is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Mitchell 'Mitch' Frerotte<6>
    • Fred McCarren     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Butler (Pennsylvania) on Thursday April 12, 1951 and died in Butler (Pennsylvania) on Sunday July 2, 2006 at the age of 55. He is buried at North Side Cemetery (Butler County, Pennsylvania).
      • Butler is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northwest of Compton.
      • Butler is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northwest of Compton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Fred McCarren<6>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Compton and extending to:

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    • Pittsburgh, which is the Seat of Allegheny County and lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Compton to Pittsburgh, with an average speed<7> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
    • Harrisburg, which is the State Capital of Pennsylvania, lies 152 miles [244.6 km] to the east (E). 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 9 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 186 miles [299.3 km] to the southeast (SE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,935 miles [9,551.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,653 miles [10,707 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,529 miles [7,288.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Pennsylvania

About Allegheny County

About Pennsylvania

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Compton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Allegheny County: www.county.allegheny.pa.us/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Compton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Compton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.6248, Longitude: -79.7403       In this case, the coordinates for Compton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Compton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<3>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 Compton 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.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Compton to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.419 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.441 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.241 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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