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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 Mechanicsburg, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Mechanicsburg 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 Mechanicsburg:
    • 40.213279, -77.008038
    • 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 Mechanicsburg
  • 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 Mechanicsburg ...

We have found fifteen communities that share the name Mechanicsburg.

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

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

  • Communities Located In Pennsylvania ...
    • Beaver County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Beaver County and lies 180 miles [289.7 km]<1> to the west of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Beaver County community of Mechanicsburg.
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Illinois
      • Sangamon County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Sangamon County and lies 655 miles [1,054.1 km]<1> to the west of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Sangamon County community of Mechanicsburg.
    • Indiana
      • Boone County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Boone County and lies 499 miles [803.1 km]<1> to the west of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Boone County community of Mechanicsburg.
      • Clay County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Clay County and lies 535 miles [861 km] to the west of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clay County community of Mechanicsburg.
      • Decatur County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Decatur County and lies 447 miles [719.4 km] to the west of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Decatur County community of Mechanicsburg.
      • Henry County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Henry County and lies 451 miles [725.8 km] to the west of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Henry County community of Mechanicsburg.
      • Madison County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Indiana community of Mechanicsburg [Madison County].
    • Mississippi
      • Yazoo County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Yazoo County and lies 912 miles [1,467.7 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Yazoo County community of Mechanicsburg.
    • Missouri
      • Macon County
      • Although located in Macon County, we don't know the location within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Macon County community of Mechanicsburg.
    • Ohio
      • Champaign County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Champaign County and lies 345 miles [555.2 km]<1> to the west of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Champaign County community of Mechanicsburg.
      • Crawford County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Crawford County and lies 306 miles [492.5 km] to the west of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Crawford County community of Mechanicsburg.
      • Monroe County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Monroe County and lies 219 miles [352.4 km] to the west of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Monroe County community of Mechanicsburg.
      • Wayne County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Wayne County and lies 264 miles [424.9 km] to the west northwest of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wayne County community of Mechanicsburg.
    • Virginia
      • Bland County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Bland County and lies 299 miles [481.2 km]<1> to the southwest of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bland County community of Mechanicsburg.
    • West Virginia
      • Hampshire County
      • This Mechanicsburg is located in Hampshire County and lies 113 miles [181.9 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Mechanicsburg that is located in Cumberland County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mechanicsburg
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hampshire County community of Mechanicsburg.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Mechanicsburg ...

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.

  • Good Hope [Cumberland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Good Hope
    • Good Hope [Cumberland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Mechanicsburg
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Good Hope
  • Good Hope Mill [Cumberland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Good Hope Mill
    • Good Hope Mill [Cumberland County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Mechanicsburg
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Good Hope Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Good Hope Mill
  • Holliday [Cumberland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holliday
    • Holliday [Cumberland County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Mechanicsburg
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holliday have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holliday
  • Kingtown [Cumberland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kingtown
    • Kingtown [Cumberland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Mechanicsburg
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kingtown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kingtown
  • Continue List   (14 more) ...
    • Kingwood [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kingwood
      • Kingwood [Cumberland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kingwood have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kingwood
    • Knob Point [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Knob Point
      • Knob Point [Cumberland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Knob Point have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Knob Point
    • Locust Point [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Locust Point
      • Locust Point [Cumberland County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Locust Point have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Locust Point
    • Peace Church [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peace Church
      • Peace Church [Cumberland County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peace Church have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peace Church
    • Raven Hill [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Raven Hill
      • Raven Hill [Cumberland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Raven Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Raven Hill
    • Reservoir Hill [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reservoir Hill
      • Reservoir Hill [Cumberland County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reservoir Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reservoir Hill
    • Rose Garden [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rose Garden
      • Rose Garden [Cumberland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rose Garden have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rose Garden
    • Rosegarden [York County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rosegarden
      • Rosegarden [York County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rosegarden have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rosegarden
    • Shepherdstown [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shepherdstown
      • Shepherdstown [Cumberland County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shepherdstown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shepherdstown
    • Sporting Hill [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sporting Hill
      • Sporting Hill [Cumberland County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sporting Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sporting Hill
    • Sunnyland [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunnyland
      • Sunnyland [Cumberland County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunnyland have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunnyland
    • Williams Grove [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Williams Grove
      • Williams Grove [Cumberland County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Williams Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Williams Grove
    • Winding Heights [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winding Heights
      • Winding Heights [Cumberland County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winding Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winding Heights
    • Winding Hill [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winding Hill
      • Winding Hill [Cumberland County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Mechanicsburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winding Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winding Hill

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 Mechanicsburg. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Walter C. 'Walt' Brown     (Race car driver)
    • Samuel Byrem 'Red' Crane     (Major League Baseball)
    • Sheila Darcy     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in York (PA) on August 8, 1914 (a Saturday) and died in San Diego (CA) on February 27, 2004 (a Friday) at the age of 89. She is buried at El Camino Memorial Park (San Diego County, California).
      • York is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Mechanicsburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Sheila Darcy<4>
    • G. Alan Dawson     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Marietta (PA) on July 14, 1929 (a Sunday) and died in Lexington (MA) on February 23, 1996 (a Friday) at the age of 66. He is buried at Forest Hills Cemetery (Suffolk County, Massachusetts).
      • Marietta is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast of Mechanicsburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: G. Alan Dawson<4>
    • Nancy Kulp     (Actress, comedienne)
      • Full name: Nancy Jane Kulp
      • Actress, comedienne. She was born in Harrisburg (PA) on August 28, 1921 (a Sunday) and died in Palm Desert (CA) on February 3, 1991 (a Sunday) at the age of 69.
      • Harrisburg is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Mechanicsburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nancy Kulp<4>
    • Cameron Mitchell     (Actor)
    • William Harrison 'Billy' Myers     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Enola (PA) on August 14, 1910 (a Sunday) and died in Carlisle (PA) on April 10, 1995 (a Monday) at the age of 84.
      • Enola is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Mechanicsburg.
      • Carlisle is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the west of Mechanicsburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Harrison 'Billy' Myers<4>
    • Edward Stewart 'Gettysburg Eddie' Plank     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Gettysburg (PA) on August 31, 1875 (a Tueday) and died in Gettysburg (PA) on February 24, 1926 (a Wednesday) at the age of 50. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery (Adams County, Pennsylvania).
      • Gettysburg is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of Mechanicsburg.
      • Gettysburg is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of Mechanicsburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edward Stewart 'Gettysburg Eddie' Plank<4>
    • Kenneth David 'Ken' Raffensberger     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in York (PA) on August 8, 1917 (a Wednesday) and died in York (PA) on November 10, 2002 (a Sunday) at the age of 85. He is buried at Mt. Rose Cemetery (York County, Pennsylvania).
      • York is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Mechanicsburg.
      • York is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southeast of Mechanicsburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kenneth David 'Ken' Raffensberger<4>
    • Helen Twelvetrees     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in New York (NY) on December 25, 1908 (a Friday) and died in Middletown (PA) on February 13, 1958 (a Thursday) at the age of 49. She is buried at Middletown Cemetery (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania).
      • Middletown is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Mechanicsburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Helen Twelvetrees<4>
    • Paul Vathis     (Photographer)
    • Victor Woodrow 'Vic' Wertz     (Major League Baseball)
    • Harry James Westerman     (Artist)

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Carlisle, which is the Seat of Cumberland County and lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west. If you could walk a straight line from Mechanicsburg to Carlisle, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
    • Harrisburg, which is the State Capital of Pennsylvania, lies just to the northeast (NE).
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 90 miles [144.8 km] to the south (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 6 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,840 miles [9,398.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,551 miles [10,542.8 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,427 miles [7,124.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Pennsylvania

About Cumberland County

About Pennsylvania

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mechanicsburg: www.mechanicsburgborough.org/

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- Mechanicsburg) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Mechanicsburg. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from MechanicsburgOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mechanicsburg. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.2133, Longitude: -77.0080    
<2>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 Mechanicsburg 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.
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Mechanicsburg to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 307.781 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 303.52 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.184 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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