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A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Isabella, Pennsylvania
(Chester County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • West Chester [Map], which is the Seat of Chester County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Isabella to West Chester, with an average speed<2> 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 five to six hours.
  • Harrisburg [Map], which is the State Capital of Pennsylvania, lies 56 miles [90.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 105 miles [169 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,795 miles [9,326.1 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 6,503 miles [10,465.6 km] and it lies to the East Northeast (ENE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,379 miles [7,047.3 km] and it lies to the East Northeast (ENE).<6>

Communities Also Named Isabella ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Isabella.

Within Pennsylvania, there is just one other community named Isabella. 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 Pennsylvania

Communities outside of Pennsylvania

Communities Outside of Pennsylvania

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Chilton County

Our profile page for Isabella, Chilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 788 miles [1,268.2 km] to the Southwest


Kern County

Our profile page for Isabella, Kern County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 2,320 miles [3,733.7 km] to the West


Worth County

Our profile page for Isabella, Worth County   [Map]
Distance: About 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the Southwest


Our profile page for Isabella   [Map]
Distance: About 1,395 miles [2,245 km] to the Northwest

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Clinton County

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

Delta County

Our profile page for Isabella, Delta County   [Map]
Distance: About 673 miles [1,083.1 km] to the Northwest

Isabella County

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

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Lake County

Our profile page for Isabella, Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 927 miles [1,491.9 km] to the Northwest

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Ozark County

Our profile page for Isabella, Ozark County   [Map]
Distance: About 939 miles [1,511.2 km] to the West

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Major County

Our profile page for Isabella, Major County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,246 miles [2,005.2 km] to the West

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Polk County

Our profile page for Isabella, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 583 miles [938.2 km] to the Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Isabella ...

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.

Cedar Knoll   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South of Isabella   [Map]
Churchtown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Cold Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Dampman   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Geigertown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Honey Brook   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Icedale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Joanna   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Joanna Furnace   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Joanna Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Lewis Mills   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Little Washington   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Martins Corner   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Mountain Top   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Pine Swamp   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rockville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [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 Isabella. 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.

Peter Boyle     (Peter Lawrence Boyle)
  Actor. He was born in Norristown (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 18, 1935 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday December 12, 2006 at an age of 71. He was buried at Green River Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Norristown [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Isabella

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Peter Boyle<9>
James Buchanan
  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 an age of 77. He was buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Lancaster [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Isabella

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Buchanan
Robert Fulton
  Inventor, engineer, artist. He was born in Little Britain (Pennsylvania) on Thursday November 14, 1765 and died in New York (New York) on Friday February 24, 1815 at an age of 49.

Little Britain [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Isabella

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Fulton
Si Jenks     (Born as Howard H. Jenkins)
  Actor. He was born in Norristown (Pennsylvania) on Saturday September 23, 1876 and died in Woodland Hills (California) on Tueday January 6, 1970 at an age of 93. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Norristown [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Isabella

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Si Jenks
Matthew McGrory
  Actor. He was born in West Chester (Pennsylvania) on Thursday May 17, 1973 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday August 3, 2005 at an age of 32.

West Chester [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast of Isabella

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Matthew McGrory
Horace Pippin
  Artist. He was born in West Chester (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday February 22, 1888 and died in West Chester (Pennsylvania) on Saturday July 6, 1946 at an age of 58. He was buried at Chestnut Grove Annex Cemetery (Chester County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

West Chester [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast of Isabella

West Chester [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast of Isabella

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Horace Pippin

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Isabella. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.1209, Longitude: -75.8380     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Isabella 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 Isabella 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 307.089 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 302.721 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 303.713 degrees.

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<7>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 Isabella, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 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 Isabella 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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<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:

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Isabella.


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