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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 Defiance, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Defiance and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • 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 Defiance:
    • 40.161192, -78.229733
    • 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 Defiance
  • 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 Defiance ...

We have found thirteen communities that share the name Defiance.

Within Pennsylvania, the name Defiance is unique.

Beyond Pennsylvania, we know of another thirteen communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arkansas
      • White County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Arkansas community of Defiance [White County].
    • Iowa
      • Shelby County
      • This Defiance is located in Shelby County and lies 897 miles [1,443.6 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Defiance that is located in Bedford County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Defiance
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Shelby County community of Defiance.
    • Kansas
      • Barber 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 Kansas community of Defiance [Barber County].
      • Woodson 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 Kansas community of Defiance [Woodson County].
    • Kentucky
      • Floyd 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 Kentucky community of Defiance [Floyd County].
      • Perry County
      • This Defiance is located in Perry County and lies 332 miles [534.3 km]<2> to the southwest of the Defiance that is located in Bedford County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Defiance
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Perry County community of Defiance.
    • Michigan
      • Delta 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 Defiance [Delta County].
    • Missouri
      • Saint Charles County
      • This Defiance is located in Saint Charles County and lies 677 miles [1,089.5 km]<2> to the west of the Defiance that is located in Bedford County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Defiance
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saint Charles County community of Defiance.
      • Worth County
      • Although located in Worth County, we don't know the location within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Worth County community of Defiance.
    • New Mexico
      • Bernalillo 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 Mexico community of Defiance [Bernalillo County].
      • McKinley County
      • This Defiance is located in McKinley County and lies 1,694 miles [2,726.2 km]<2> to the west of the Defiance that is located in Bedford County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Defiance
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the McKinley County community of Defiance.
    • North Carolina
      • Randolph 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 North Carolina community of Defiance [Randolph County].
    • Ohio
      • Defiance County
      • This Defiance is located in Defiance County and lies 330 miles [531.1 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Defiance that is located in Bedford County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Defiance
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Defiance County community of Defiance.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Defiance ...

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.

  • Coaldale [Bedford County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coaldale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coaldale
    • Coaldale [Bedford County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the south of Defiance
    • Estimated population in 2019: 151 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coaldale
  • Hickory Hill [Bedford County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hickory Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hickory Hill
    • Hickory Hill [Bedford County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the north of Defiance
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hickory Hill
  • Jerkwater [Bedford County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jerkwater have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jerkwater
    • Jerkwater [Bedford County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the south of Defiance
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jerkwater
  • Marble City [Bedford County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marble City have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marble City
    • Marble City [Bedford County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the west of Defiance
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marble City
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    • Marysville [Bedford County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marysville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marysville
      • Marysville [Bedford County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the northwest of Defiance
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marysville
    • Riddlesburg [Bedford County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Riddlesburg have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Riddlesburg
      • Riddlesburg [Bedford County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the west of Defiance
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riddlesburg
    • Round Knob [Bedford County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Round Knob have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Round Knob
      • Round Knob [Bedford County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the east of Defiance
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Round Knob
    • Sandy Run [Bedford County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sandy Run have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandy Run
      • Sandy Run [Bedford County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the south of Defiance
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandy Run
    • Stone Row [Bedford County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stone Row have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stone Row
      • Stone Row [Bedford County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the southwest of Defiance
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stone Row
    • Stonerstown [Bedford County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stonerstown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stonerstown
      • Stonerstown [Bedford County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the north of Defiance
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stonerstown
    • Sunny Side [Bedford County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunny Side have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunny Side
      • Sunny Side [Bedford County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southwest of Defiance
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunny Side

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 Defiance. 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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    • James Buchanan     (15th President of the US (1857 - 1861))
      • 15th President of the US (1857 - 1861). He was born in Cove Gap (Pennsylvania) on Saturday April 23, 1791 and died in Lancaster (Pennsylvania) on Monday June 1, 1868 at the age of 77. He is buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania).
      • Cove Gap is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast of Defiance.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Buchanan<5>
    • Jane Harrison     (Daughter-in-law of William Harrison - since his wife Anna Harrison was too ill to travel, Jane served as the de facto First Lady for the Harrison Presidency (1889 - 1893))
      • Daughter-in-law of William Harrison - since his wife Anna Harrison was too ill to travel, Jane served as the de facto First Lady for the Harrison Presidency (1889 - 1893). She was born in Mercersburg (Pennsylvania) on Monday July 23, 1804 and died on Monday May 11, 1846 at the age of 41.
      • Mercersburg is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Defiance.
    • Hedda Hopper     (Actress, journalist)
      • Actress, journalist. She was born in Hollidaysburg (Pennsylvania) on Saturday May 2, 1885 and died in Hollywood (California) on Tueday February 1, 1966 at the age of 80. She is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery (Blair County, Pennsylvania).
      • Hollidaysburg is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Defiance.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hedda Hopper<5>
    • Harriet Lane     (Niece of James Buchanan - she acted as the de facto First Lady for James Buchanan during his Presidency (1857 - 1861))
      • Niece of James Buchanan - she acted as the de facto First Lady for James Buchanan during his Presidency (1857 - 1861). She was born in Mercersburg (Pennsylvania) on Sunday May 9, 1830 and died in Narragansett (Rhode Island) on Friday July 3, 1903 at the age of 73. She is buried at Green Mount Cemetery (Baltimore City, Maryland).
      • Mercersburg is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Defiance.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harriet Lane<5>
    • George 'Germany' Smith     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Tueday April 21, 1863 and died in Altoona (Pennsylvania) on Thursday December 1, 1927 at the age of 64. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery (Blair County, Pennsylvania).
      • Altoona is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Defiance.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: George 'Germany' Smith<5>
    • Dr. Daniel Hale Williams     (Medical pioneer)
      • Medical pioneer. He was born in Hollidaysburg (Pennsylvania) on Friday January 18, 1856 and died in Idlewild (Michigan) on Tueday August 4, 1931 at the age of 75. He is buried at Graceland Cemetery (Macon County, Illinois).
      • Hollidaysburg is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Defiance.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dr. Daniel Hale Williams<5>

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

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

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    • Bedford, which is the Seat of Bedford County and lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Defiance to Bedford, with an average speed<6> 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 71 miles [114.3 km] to the east (E). 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 4 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 107 miles [172.2 km] to the southeast (SE). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 6 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,893 miles [9,483.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,607 miles [10,632.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,482 miles [7,213.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

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 Defiance, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Defiance) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Defiance. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.1612, Longitude: -78.2297       In this case, the coordinates for Defiance have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 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 Defiance 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>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.
<6>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.
<7>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 Defiance to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 308.523 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.353 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.741 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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