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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 125 miles [201.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Camp Ground to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 148 miles [238.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,988 miles [9,636.8 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 6,701 miles [10,784.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,577 miles [7,366 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Camp Ground ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Camp Ground.

While the name Camp Ground is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Morgan County

Our profile page for Camp Ground, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 533 miles [857.8 km] to the Southwest


Greene County

Our profile page for Camp Ground, Greene County   [Map]
Distance: About 631 miles [1,015.5 km] to the West Southwest


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Camp Ground, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 494 miles [795 km] to the West


Yalobusha County

Our profile page for Camp Ground, Yalobusha County   [Map]
Distance: About 655 miles [1,054.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Fentress County

Our profile page for Camp Ground, Fentress County   [Map]
Distance: About 365 miles [587.4 km] to the Southwest

Obion County

Our profile page for Camp Ground, Obion County   [Map]
Distance: About 535 miles [861 km] to the West Southwest

Weakley County

Our profile page for Camp Ground, Weakley County   [Map]
Distance: About 535 miles [861 km] to the West Southwest

White County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Camp Ground ...

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.

Chestnut Ridge   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest of Camp Ground   [Map]
Fellowsville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Heathers Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Independence   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Israel   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Kanes Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Kanetown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Kingwood   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mountain View   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Oriole (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Reedsville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Salt Lick   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Scotch Hill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Threefork Bridge   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [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 Camp Ground. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest of Camp Ground

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<8>
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Camp Ground

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast of Camp Ground

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Camp Ground. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4140, Longitude: -79.7331     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Camp Ground 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 Camp Ground 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 309.475 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.32 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.678 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 Camp Ground 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>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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