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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 Seward, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Seward 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 Seward:
    • 40.413584, -79.020097
    • 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 Seward
  • 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 Seward ...

We found twelve communities that share the name Seward.

Within Pennsylvania, the name Seward is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alaska
      • This Seward lies 3,206 miles [5,159.6 km]<1> to the northwest of the Seward that is located in Westmoreland County.
    • Georgia
      • Montgomery 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 Georgia community of Seward [Montgomery County].
    • Illinois
      • Winnebago County
      • This Seward is located in Winnebago County and lies 550 miles [885.1 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Seward that is located in Westmoreland County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Winnebago County community of Seward.
    • Kansas
      • Brown 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 Kansas community of Seward [Brown County].
      • Stafford County
      • This Seward is located in Stafford County and lies 1,065 miles [1,714 km]<1> to the west of the Seward that is located in Westmoreland County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Stafford County community of Seward.
    • Maryland
      • Dorchester County
      • This Seward is located in Dorchester County and lies 207 miles [333.1 km]<1> to the southeast of the Seward that is located in Westmoreland County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dorchester County community of Seward.
    • Nebraska
      • Seward County
      • This Seward is located in Seward County and lies 945 miles [1,520.8 km]<1> to the west of the Seward that is located in Westmoreland County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Seward County community of Seward.
    • New York
      • Schoharie County
      • This Seward is located in Schoharie County and lies 278 miles [447.4 km]<1> to the northeast of the Seward that is located in Westmoreland County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Schoharie County community of Seward.
    • North Carolina
      • Forsyth County
      • This Seward is located in Forsyth County and lies 300 miles [482.8 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Seward that is located in Westmoreland County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Forsyth County community of Seward.
    • Ohio
      • Fulton County
      • This Seward is located in Fulton County and lies 275 miles [442.6 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Seward that is located in Westmoreland County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fulton County community of Seward.
    • Oklahoma
      • Logan County
      • This Seward is located in Logan County and lies 1,050 miles [1,689.8 km]<1> to the west of the Seward that is located in Westmoreland County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Logan County community of Seward.
    • South Dakota
      • Hamlin 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 South Dakota community of Seward [Hamlin County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Seward ...

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.

  • Boltz
    (Less than 2 miles to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boltz have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boltz
    • Boltz is located in Indiana County
  • Centerville ‑ Historic
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Centerville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Centerville
    • Centerville is located in Indiana County
  • Claghorn ‑ Historic
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Claghorn have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Claghorn
    • Claghorn is located in Indiana County
  • Climax
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Climax have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Climax
    • Climax is located in Indiana County
  • Clyde
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clyde have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clyde
    • Clyde is located in Indiana County
  • Dilltown
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the north)
  • Germany
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Germany have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Germany
    • Germany is located in Indiana County
  • India
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for India have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for India
    • India is located in Westmoreland County
  • Lockport
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lockport have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lockport
    • Lockport is located in Westmoreland County
  • Minersville
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Minersville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Minersville
    • Minersville is located in Cambria County
  • New Florence
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the southwest)
  • Pleasant Hill
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant Hill
    • Pleasant Hill is located in Cambria County

How Far From Seward to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Seward to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Greensburg, which is the Seat of Westmoreland County, lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Seward to Greensburg, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Harrisburg, which is the State Capital of Pennsylvania, lies 112 miles [180.2 km] to the east (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 148 miles [238.2 km] to the southeast (SE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,915 miles [9,519.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,631 miles [10,671.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,506 miles [7,251.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

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

The official website for Westmoreland County: www.co.westmoreland.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 'straight-line' (or 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- Seward) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Seward. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.4136, Longitude: -79.0201    
<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 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 Seward 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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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 Seward 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 308.989 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.92 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.996 degrees.









 

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