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Do you know of Castor ???

This page is an orphan - a placeholder until we can discover more about Castor. When we encounter a name that is new to us, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope that we'll discover more information in the future. Such is the case with Castor.

Our sources for Castor (see Mentions and References below) indicate that it was a community with a post office by the same name. Unfortunately our sources aren't clear about the location of Castor other than they indicate that Castor would be found somewhere in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

From the Blevins / Hellbock List: The post office opened  in 1885 and closed  in 1901.

This entry could have originated in error. It might be that a source had a misprint, was simply wrong or we made a transcription error while referencing it. Many of the documents we reference are from the 1800s and the early 1900s, with some easier to read than others.

Part of the difficulty in identifying whether a name is a post office or a community lies with how Post Offices were named. We've prepared an article with our understanding of how post offices were named: Naming of Post Offices.

Communities Also Named Castor ...

We found six communities that share the name Castor.

Within Virginia, the name Castor is unique.

Beyond Virginia, we know of another six communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these six communities, five are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alberta
      • Please visit our profile page for the Alberta community of Castor.
    • Illinois
      • Wayne County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Illinois community of Castor [Wayne County].
    • Louisiana
      • Bienville Parish
      • Please visit our profile page for the Louisiana community of Castor [Bienville Parish].
    • Missouri
      • Bollinger County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Missouri community of Castor [Bollinger County].
    • Pennsylvania
      • Philadelphia County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Pennsylvania community of Castor [Philadelphia County].
    • Texas
      • Mills County
      • Please visit our profile page for the Texas community of Castor [Mills County].

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Castor ...

We've created the following list to keep track of the sources that proved useful in adding to our knowledge about Castor:

Found in a comprehensive list of Post Offices that was created by Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<2>

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

A note taken from the Shipper's Guide for Castor - Services available: had a Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Rand McNally Map of Virginia (1911)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

More Orphans in  Pittsylvania County ...

Can you help?

As we explained above, when we encounter a name that might be a community or a post office we add it to our Gazetteer. If we have little information to go with the name, we call them Orphans. Below are Orphans that we believe to be located in Pittsylvania County.

Aspen GroveMeriwether
Berger's Store 
BrowNorth Danville
Chestnut Level 
DesignSandy Level
Dry Fork DepotSlatesville
 Staunton River
East DanvilleStokesland
ElbaSugar Tree
ElectSycamore Station
Fall Creek DepotTell
Fall CreekTimore
Franklin JunctionTrelow
 Ward's Springs
 Westover Hills
KentWhite Oak

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Castor 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.
<2>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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