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Cambria, West Virginia
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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Summersville [Map], which is the Seat of Nicholas County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Cambria to Summersville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 24 miles [38.6 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 228 miles [366.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,099 miles [9,815.4 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 6,812 miles [10,962.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,687 miles [7,543 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Cambria ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Cambria.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Cambria. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 14 communities in the United States - with 15 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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San Luis Obispo County

Our profile page for Cambria, San Luis Obispo County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,192 miles [3,527.7 km] to the West


Williamson County

Our profile page for Cambria, Williamson County   [Map]
Distance: About 431 miles [693.6 km] to the West


Clinton County

Our profile page for Cambria, Clinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 320 miles [515 km] to the West Northwest


Wayne County

Our profile page for Cambria, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 672 miles [1,081.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Baltimore County

Our profile page for Cambria, Baltimore County   [Map]
Distance: About 262 miles [421.6 km] to the East Northeast

Harford County

Our profile page for Cambria, Harford County   [Map]
Distance: About 278 miles [447.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Hillsdale County

Our profile page for Cambria, Hillsdale County   [Map]
Distance: About 306 miles [492.5 km] to the Northwest

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Blue Earth County

Our profile page for Cambria, Blue Earth County   [Map]
Distance: About 794 miles [1,277.8 km] to the Northwest

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New York

Niagara County

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

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Latimer County

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

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McMinn County

Our profile page for Cambria, McMinn County   [Map]
Distance: About 276 miles [444.2 km] to the Southwest

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Montgomery County

Our profile page for Cambria, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 89 miles [143.2 km] to the South Southeast

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Columbia County

Our profile page for Cambria, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 550 miles [885.1 km] to the Northwest

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Weston County

Our profile page for Cambria, Weston County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,254 miles [2,018.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Cambria ...

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.

Carbondale   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest of Cambria   [Map]
Crescent   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Dixie   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Glen Ferris   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Independence   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Jodie   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Longacre   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lyonsville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Peters Junction   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Pond Fork   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pond Gap   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Spangler   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Swiss   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Cambria. 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Cambria

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Nicholas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cambria. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2654, Longitude: -81.1996     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cambria 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 Cambria 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 310.401 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.203 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.705 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 Cambria 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 Cambria, 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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