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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Calcutta to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Calcutta to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Saint Marys [Map], which is the Seat of Pleasants County, lies just to the North.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 73 miles [117.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Calcutta 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 5 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 224 miles [360.5 km] to the East (E). Driving 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 6,050 miles [9,736.5 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 6,767 miles [10,890.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,643 miles [7,472.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Calcutta ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Calcutta.

While the name Calcutta is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Indiana

Clay County

Our profile page for Calcutta, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 313 miles [503.7 km] to the West

Kansas

Douglas County

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

New York

Otsego County

Our profile page for Calcutta, Otsego County   [Map]
Distance: About 408 miles [656.6 km] to the Northeast

Ohio

Columbiana County

Our profile page for Calcutta, Columbiana County   [Map]
Distance: About 97 miles [156.1 km] to the North Northeast

Stark County

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

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Texas

El Paso County

Our profile page for Calcutta, El Paso County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,500 miles [2,414 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Calcutta ...

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.

Cloverdale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East of Calcutta   [Map]
Crisp (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Eureka   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Grape Island   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Green Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Horseneck   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lone Valley   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Maxwell   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Murphy (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Pleasants   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Schultz   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Spring Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Union Mills   -   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 Calcutta. 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.

Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard
  Suffragette. She was born in Woodsfield (Ohio) on Friday November 10, 1826 and died in Saint Louis (Missouri) on Friday March 1, 1912 at an age of 85. She was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Woodsfield [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Calcutta

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard<9>
 
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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the west of Calcutta

Find-A-Grave Memorial: August 'Gus' Wagner

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Calcutta. 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 Calcutta. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Calcutta) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Calcutta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3506, Longitude: -81.1946     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Calcutta 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 Calcutta 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 310.369 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.328 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.342 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Calcutta 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 Calcutta, 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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