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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Spencer [Map], which is the Seat of Roane County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 29 miles [46.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from Allentown to Charleston, with an average speed<2> 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.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 240 miles [386.2 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,090 miles [9,800.9 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 6,805 miles [10,951.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,680 miles [7,531.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Allentown ...

We have found 22 communities that share the name Allentown.

While the name Allentown is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 22 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arizona

Apache County

Our profile page for Allentown, Apache County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,536 miles [2,472 km] to the West

Connecticut

Hartford County

Our profile page for Allentown, Hartford County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Hartford County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Litchfield County

Our profile page for Allentown, Litchfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 491 miles [790.2 km] to the East Northeast

Florida

Santa Rosa County

Our profile page for Allentown, Santa Rosa County   [Map]
Distance: About 635 miles [1,021.9 km] to the South Southwest

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Georgia

Wilkinson County

Our profile page for Allentown, Wilkinson County   [Map]
Distance: About 436 miles [701.7 km] to the South Southwest

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Illinois

Tazewell County

Our profile page for Allentown, Tazewell County   [Map]
Distance: About 436 miles [701.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Mississippi

Alcorn County

Our profile page for Allentown, Alcorn County   [Map]
Distance: About 475 miles [764.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Montana

Lake County

Our profile page for Allentown, Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,733 miles [2,789 km] to the West Northwest

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New Jersey

Monmouth County

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

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New York

Allegany County

Our profile page for Allentown, Allegany County   [Map]
Distance: About 292 miles [469.9 km] to the Northeast

Saratoga County

Our profile page for Allentown, Saratoga County   [Map]
Distance: About 503 miles [809.5 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Allen County

Our profile page for Allentown, Allen County   [Map]
Distance: About 197 miles [317 km] to the Northwest

Clark County

Our profile page for Allentown, Clark County
This community is historic.
Although located in Clark County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Fayette County

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

Scioto County

Our profile page for Allentown, Scioto County   [Map]
Distance: About 72 miles [115.9 km] to the West

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Oregon

Josephine County

Our profile page for Allentown, Josephine County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 2,203 miles [3,545.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

Our profile page for Allentown, Allegheny County   [Map]
Distance: About 140 miles [225.3 km] to the North Northeast

Lehigh County

Our profile page for Allentown, Lehigh County   [Map]
Distance: About 344 miles [553.6 km] to the East Northeast

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South Carolina

Georgetown County

Our profile page for Allentown, Georgetown County   [Map]
Distance: About 374 miles [601.9 km] to the South Southeast

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Tennessee

Carter County

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

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Virginia

Accomack County

Our profile page for Allentown, Accomack County   [Map]
Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the East Southeast

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Washington

King County

Our profile page for Allentown, King County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,113 miles [3,400.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Allentown ...

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.

Buffalo (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Allentown   [Map]
Clarence   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Flatfork   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Flint Town   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Gay   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Geneva   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Harmony   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Jingo (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Leo (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Marshall   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Red Knob   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Reedyville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [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 Allentown. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Allentown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

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The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Allentown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7648, Longitude: -81.5126     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Allentown 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 Allentown 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 310.579 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.481 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.677 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 Allentown, 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 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 Allentown 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: findagrave.com.

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