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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 Shippensburg, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Shippensburg 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 Shippensburg:
    • 40.051479, -77.507764
    • 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 Shippensburg
  • 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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Shippensburg ...

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.

  • Big Spring [Cumberland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Spring
    • Big Spring [Cumberland County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Shippensburg
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Big Spring have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Spring
  • Chestnut Crossroads [Cumberland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chestnut Crossroads
    • Chestnut Crossroads [Cumberland County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Shippensburg
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chestnut Crossroads have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chestnut Crossroads
  • Green Spring [Cumberland County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Spring
    • Green Spring [Cumberland County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Shippensburg
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Spring have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Spring
  • Green Village [Franklin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Village
    • Green Village [Franklin County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Shippensburg
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Village
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    • Hays Grove [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hays Grove
      • Hays Grove [Cumberland County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Shippensburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hays Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hays Grove
    • Lees Cross Roads [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lees Cross Roads
      • Lees Cross Roads [Cumberland County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Shippensburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lees Cross Roads have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lees Cross Roads
    • Mainsville [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mainsville
      • Mainsville [Franklin County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Shippensburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mainsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mainsville
    • Middle Spring [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Middle Spring
      • Middle Spring [Cumberland County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Shippensburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Middle Spring have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Middle Spring
    • Mount Rock [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Rock
      • Mount Rock [Franklin County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Shippensburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Rock
    • Mowersville [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mowersville
      • Mowersville [Franklin County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Shippensburg
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mowersville
    • Pleasant Hall [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant Hall
      • Pleasant Hall [Franklin County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the west of Shippensburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant Hall have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant Hall
    • Scotland [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scotland
      • Scotland [Franklin County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Shippensburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scotland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scotland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scotland<3>
    • Smoketown [Franklin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smoketown
      • Smoketown [Franklin County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Shippensburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smoketown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smoketown
    • Walnut Bottom [Cumberland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walnut Bottom
      • Walnut Bottom [Cumberland County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Shippensburg
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Walnut Bottom have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walnut Bottom

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 Shippensburg. 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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    • Max Bishop     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Waynesboro (Pennsylvania) on Tueday September 5, 1899 and died in Waynesboro (Pennsylvania) on Saturday February 24, 1962 at the age of 62.
      • Waynesboro is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Shippensburg.
      • Waynesboro is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Shippensburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Max Bishop<4>
    • Dr. John Stough Bobbs     (Medical pioneer, state senator)
      • Medical pioneer, state senator. He was born in Green Village (Pennsylvania) on Friday December 22, 1809 and died in Indianapolis (Indiana) on Sunday May 1, 1870 at the age of 60. He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery (Marion County, Indiana).
      • Green Village is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest of Shippensburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dr. John Stough Bobbs<4>
    • Walter C. 'Walt' Brown     (Race car driver)
      • Race car driver. He was born in Springfield (New York) on Saturday December 30, 1911 and died in Carlisle (Pennsylvania) on Sunday July 29, 1951 at the age of 39. He is buried at St. Charles RC Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York).
      • Carlisle is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast of Shippensburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Walter C. 'Walt' Brown<4>
    • 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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Shippensburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Buchanan<4>
    • 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. We don't have any burial details.
      • Mercersburg is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Shippensburg.
    • Donald 'Don' Heffner     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Rouzerville (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday February 8, 1911 and died in Pasadena (California) on Tueday August 1, 1989 at the age of 78. He is buried at Mountain View Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Rouzerville is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the south of Shippensburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Donald 'Don' Heffner<4>
    • 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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Shippensburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harriet Lane<4>
    • William Harrison 'Billy' Myers     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Enola (Pennsylvania) on Sunday August 14, 1910 and died in Carlisle (Pennsylvania) on Monday April 10, 1995 at the age of 84.
      • Enola is located 34 miles [54.7 km] to the northeast of Shippensburg.
      • Carlisle is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast of Shippensburg.
      • 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 (Pennsylvania) on Tueday August 31, 1875 and died in Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday February 24, 1926 at the age of 50. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery (Adams County, Pennsylvania).
      • Gettysburg is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Shippensburg.
      • Gettysburg is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Shippensburg.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edward Stewart 'Gettysburg Eddie' Plank<4>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Carlisle, which is the Seat of Cumberland County and lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Shippensburg to Carlisle, with an average speed<5> 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 6 hours.
    • Harrisburg, which is the State Capital of Pennsylvania, lies 36 miles [57.9 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 83 miles [133.6 km] to the south southeast (SSE). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,868 miles [9,443.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,579 miles [10,587.9 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,455 miles [7,169.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Pennsylvania

About Cumberland County

About Pennsylvania

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Shippensburg: www.borough.shippensburg.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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Shippensburg) 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 Shippensburg. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ShippensburgOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shippensburg. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.0515, Longitude: -77.5078       In this case, the coordinates for Shippensburg have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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 Shippensburg 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 308.094 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 303.849 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.467 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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