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(Berkeley County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Martinsburg [Map], which is the Seat of Berkeley County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 208 miles [334.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Baxter to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 12 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 71 miles [114.3 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take 4 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,913 miles [9,516.1 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 6,623 miles [10,658.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,499 miles [7,240.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Baxter ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Baxter.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Baxter. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 27 communities in the United States and Canada - with 27 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Lamar County

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

Arkansas

Drew County

Our profile page for Baxter, Drew County   [Map]
Distance: About 851 miles [1,369.6 km] to the West Southwest

California

Mariposa County

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

Placer County

Our profile page for Baxter, Placer County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,257 miles [3,632.3 km] to the West Northwest

San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Baxter, San Bernardino County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 2,105 miles [3,387.7 km] to the West

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Colorado

Pueblo County

Our profile page for Baxter, Pueblo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,416 miles [2,278.8 km] to the West

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Florida

Baker County

Our profile page for Baxter, Baker County   [Map]
Distance: About 667 miles [1,073.4 km] to the South Southwest

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Georgia

Union County

Our profile page for Baxter, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 468 miles [753.2 km] to the Southwest

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Iowa

Jasper County

Our profile page for Baxter, Jasper County   [Map]
Distance: About 803 miles [1,292.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Cherokee County

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

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Kentucky

Harlan County

Our profile page for Baxter, Harlan County   [Map]
Distance: About 340 miles [547.2 km] to the West Southwest

Jefferson County

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

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Michigan

Wexford County

Our profile page for Baxter, Wexford County   [Map]
Distance: About 512 miles [824 km] to the Northwest

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Minnesota

Crow Wing County

Our profile page for Baxter, Crow Wing County   [Map]
Distance: About 940 miles [1,512.8 km] to the Northwest

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Mississippi

Jasper County

Our profile page for Baxter, Jasper County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 801 miles [1,289.1 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

New Madrid County

Our profile page for Baxter, New Madrid County   [Map]
Distance: About 677 miles [1,089.5 km] to the West Southwest

Stone County

Our profile page for Baxter, Stone County   [Map]
Distance: About 861 miles [1,385.6 km] to the West

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Montana

Fergus County

Our profile page for Baxter, Fergus County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,646 miles [2,649 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Scotts Bluff County

Our profile page for Baxter, Scotts Bluff County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,333 miles [2,145.3 km] to the West Northwest

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North Carolina

Henderson County

Our profile page for Baxter, Henderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 374 miles [601.9 km] to the Southwest

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Ontario

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

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Pennsylvania

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Baxter, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 122 miles [196.3 km] to the North Northwest

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South Carolina

Lexington County

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

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Tennessee

Putnam County

Our profile page for Baxter, Putnam County   [Map]
Distance: About 474 miles [762.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Henderson County

Our profile page for Baxter, Henderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,109 miles [1,784.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Wisconsin

Dunn County

Our profile page for Baxter, Dunn County   [Map]
Distance: About 803 miles [1,292.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Wyoming

Sweetwater County

Our profile page for Baxter, Sweetwater County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,624 miles [2,613.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Baxter ...

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.

Big Pool (MD)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast of Baxter   [Map]
Cherry Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Duckwall   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Elk Branch (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Ernstville (MD)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Georgetown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Hedgesville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Jones Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Little Georgetown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Mountain Vistas (MD)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Runners Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Shady Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Spring Mills   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Tomahawk   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [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 Baxter. 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.

John Brown
  Abolitionist, activist. He was born in Torrington (Connecticut) on Friday May 9, 1800 and died in Charles Town (West Virginia) on Friday December 2, 1859 at an age of 59.

Charles Town [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Baxter

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown<9>
 
James Buchanan
  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 an age of 77. He was buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Cove Gap [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of Baxter

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Buchanan
 
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. She was born in Mercersburg (Pennsylvania) on Monday July 23, 1804 and died on Monday May 11, 1846 at an age of 41.

Mercersburg [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast of Baxter

Other Roadside Stops ...



The Communities of West Virginia

About Berkeley County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Berkeley County: www.berkeleycountycomm.org/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Baxter. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5576, Longitude: -78.0775     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Baxter 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 Baxter 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 308.468 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.198 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.905 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 Baxter 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 Baxter, 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 Baxter.



 
 
 

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