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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 72 miles [115.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Athens to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 4 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 238 miles [383 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving 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 6,129 miles [9,863.7 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 6,838 miles [11,004.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,714 miles [7,586.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Athens ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Athens.

While the name Athens is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 28 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Limestone County

Our profile page for Athens, Limestone County   [Map]
Distance: About 377 miles [606.7 km] to the West Southwest

Arkansas

Howard County

Our profile page for Athens, Howard County   [Map]
Distance: About 755 miles [1,215.1 km] to the West Southwest

California

Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Athens, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,090 miles [3,363.5 km] to the West

Georgia

Clarke County

Our profile page for Athens, Clarke County   [Map]
Distance: About 273 miles [439.4 km] to the South Southwest

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Illinois

Menard County

Our profile page for Athens, Menard County   [Map]
Distance: About 500 miles [804.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Fulton County

Our profile page for Athens, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 370 miles [595.5 km] to the Northwest

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Kansas

Jewell County

Our profile page for Athens, Jewell County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Jewell County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Woodson County

Our profile page for Athens, Woodson County   [Map]
Distance: About 797 miles [1,282.6 km] to the West

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Kentucky

Fayette County

Our profile page for Athens, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 186 miles [299.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Louisiana

Claiborne Parish

Our profile page for Athens, Claiborne Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 753 miles [1,211.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Maine

Somerset County

Our profile page for Athens, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 783 miles [1,260.1 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Athens, Calhoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 392 miles [630.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Minnesota

Isanti County

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

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Mississippi

Monroe County

Our profile page for Athens, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 483 miles [777.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Clark County

Our profile page for Athens, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 612 miles [984.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Richardson County

Our profile page for Athens, Richardson County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 825 miles [1,327.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Nevada

Nye County

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

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New York

Greene County

Our profile page for Athens, Greene County   [Map]
Distance: About 507 miles [815.9 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Robeson County

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

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Ohio

Athens County

Our profile page for Athens, Athens County   [Map]
Distance: About 144 miles [231.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Athens   [Map]
Distance: About 562 miles [904.5 km] to the North Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Bradford County

Our profile page for Athens, Bradford County   [Map]
Distance: About 393 miles [632.5 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

McMinn County

Our profile page for Athens, McMinn County   [Map]
Distance: About 241 miles [387.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Henderson County

Our profile page for Athens, Henderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 912 miles [1,467.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Athens, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,671 miles [2,689.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Vermont

Windham County

Our profile page for Athens, Windham County   [Map]
Distance: About 594 miles [956 km] to the Northeast

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Virginia

Caroline County

Our profile page for Athens, Caroline County   [Map]
Distance: About 200 miles [321.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Wisconsin

Marathon County

Our profile page for Athens, Marathon County   [Map]
Distance: About 704 miles [1,133 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Athens ...

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.

Billie (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest of Athens   [Map]
Blake (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Chestnut Knob   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Dunns   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Hardy   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Hatcher   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hill Top   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Kellysville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lick Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lilly Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Oak Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pipestem   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Spanishburg   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Speedway   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [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 Athens. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Athens

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>
 
Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Newport (Virginia) on Friday August 10, 1923 and died in Charlotte (North Carolina) on Monday April 28, 1980 at an age of 56. He was buried at Sharon Memorial Park (Mecklenburg County, North Carolina) [Map].

Newport [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Athens

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 Athens. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Athens) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Athens. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Athens

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Athens. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4231, Longitude: -81.0160     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Athens 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 Athens 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 310.307 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.971 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.898 degrees.

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<7>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 Athens 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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<8>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 Athens, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Athens.



 
 
 

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