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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Harrisville [Map], which is the Seat of Ritchie County, lies just to the East.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 64 miles [103 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from Cairo to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 221 miles [355.7 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 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,055 miles [9,744.6 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 6,771 miles [10,896.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,647 miles [7,478.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Cairo ...

We have found 30 communities that share the name Cairo.

While the name Cairo is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 27 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

In addition to the above occurrences of Cairo, we know of 3 communities located outside of the United States and Canada.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities located internationally

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Limestone County

Our profile page for Cairo, Limestone County   [Map]
Distance: About 445 miles [716.2 km] to the Southwest


Union County

Our profile page for Cairo, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 771 miles [1,240.8 km] to the West Southwest


Bay County

Our profile page for Cairo, Bay County   [Map]
Distance: About 661 miles [1,063.8 km] to the South Southwest

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Cairo, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 780 miles [1,255.3 km] to the South

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Grady County

Our profile page for Cairo, Grady County   [Map]
Distance: About 600 miles [965.6 km] to the South Southwest

Thomas County

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

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Alexander County

Our profile page for Cairo, Alexander County   [Map]
Distance: About 461 miles [741.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Tippecanoe County

Our profile page for Cairo, Tippecanoe County   [Map]
Distance: About 319 miles [513.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Louisa County

Our profile page for Cairo, Louisa County   [Map]
Distance: About 553 miles [890 km] to the West Northwest

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Pratt County

Our profile page for Cairo, Pratt County   [Map]
Distance: About 945 miles [1,520.8 km] to the West

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Henderson County

Our profile page for Cairo, Henderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 365 miles [587.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Clay County

Our profile page for Cairo, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 575 miles [925.4 km] to the Southwest

Pontotoc County

Our profile page for Cairo, Pontotoc County   [Map]
Distance: About 548 miles [881.9 km] to the Southwest

Prentiss County

Our profile page for Cairo, Prentiss County   [Map]
Distance: About 502 miles [807.9 km] to the Southwest

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Randolph County

Our profile page for Cairo, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 602 miles [968.8 km] to the West

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Chouteau County

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

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Hall County

Our profile page for Cairo, Hall County   [Map]
Distance: About 928 miles [1,493.5 km] to the West Northwest

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New York

Greene County

Our profile page for Cairo, Greene County   [Map]
Distance: About 430 miles [692 km] to the East Northeast

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North Carolina

Anson County

Our profile page for Cairo, Anson County   [Map]
Distance: About 305 miles [490.8 km] to the South Southeast

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Allen County

Our profile page for Cairo, Allen County   [Map]
Distance: About 191 miles [307.4 km] to the Northwest

Stark County

Our profile page for Cairo, Stark County   [Map]
Distance: About 117 miles [188.3 km] to the North

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Coal County

Our profile page for Cairo, Coal County   [Map]
Distance: About 884 miles [1,422.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Our profile page for Cairo
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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Malheur County

Our profile page for Cairo, Malheur County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,865 miles [3,001.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Crockett County

Our profile page for Cairo, Crockett County   [Map]
Distance: About 496 miles [798.2 km] to the West Southwest

Sumner County

Our profile page for Cairo, Sumner County   [Map]
Distance: About 345 miles [555.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Jasper County

Our profile page for Cairo, Jasper County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Jasper County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Communities Located Internationally

Just a reminder: Our measurements are based on the Great Circle Route. See footnote <3>

Costa Rica   [Map]

Distance: About 2,013 miles [3,239.6 km] to the South

Egypt   [Map]

Distance: About 5,972 miles [9,611 km] to the Northeast

Italy   [Map]

Distance: About 4,592 miles [7,390.1 km] to the Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Cairo ...

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.

Cornwallis   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast of Cairo   [Map]
League   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lone Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Low Gap   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Nutter Farm   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Oil Spring   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Petroleum   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Pew Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Pike   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Racy   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sandhill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Six Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Star Settlement (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [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 Cairo. 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.

August 'Gus' Wagner
  Tatto artist, wood carver, painter. He was born in Marietta (Ohio) on Sunday June 16, 1872 and died on Tueday June 10, 1941 at an age of 69. He was buried at Homestead Cemetery (Chase County, Kansas) [Map].

Marietta [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest of Cairo

Find-A-Grave Memorial: August 'Gus' Wagner<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Cairo. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cairo) 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 Cairo. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cairo

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cairo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2067, Longitude: -81.1543     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cairo 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 Cairo 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 310.348 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.284 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.373 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 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 Cairo 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 Cairo, 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:

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