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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Fairmont [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies just to the West.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 113 miles [181.9 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Canton 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 7 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 167 miles [268.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,999 miles [9,654.5 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 6,714 miles [10,805.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,589 miles [7,385.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Canton ...

We have found 39 communities that share the name Canton.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Canton. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 38 communities in the United States and Canada - with 37 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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 IndianaMinnesotaNorth CarolinaWisconsin
 IowaMississippiOhio 
 KansasMissouriOklahoma 

Arkansas

Sharp County

Our profile page for Canton, Sharp County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 657 miles [1,057.3 km] to the West Southwest

California

El Dorado County

Our profile page for Canton, El Dorado County
This community is historic.
Although located in El Dorado County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Colorado

Weld County

Our profile page for Canton, Weld County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,282 miles [2,063.2 km] to the West

Connecticut

Hartford County

Our profile page for Canton, Hartford County   [Map]
Distance: About 409 miles [658.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Georgia

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Canton, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 435 miles [700.1 km] to the Southwest

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Illinois

Fulton County

Our profile page for Canton, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 531 miles [854.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Washington County

Our profile page for Canton, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the West

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Iowa

Jackson County

Our profile page for Canton, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 594 miles [956 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Anderson County

Our profile page for Canton, Anderson County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Anderson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

McPherson County

Our profile page for Canton, McPherson County   [Map]
Distance: About 933 miles [1,501.5 km] to the West

Riley County

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

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Kentucky

Trigg County

Our profile page for Canton, Trigg County   [Map]
Distance: About 465 miles [748.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Louisiana

Allen Parish

Our profile page for Canton, Allen Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 936 miles [1,506.3 km] to the Southwest

Calcasieu Parish

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

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Maine

Oxford County

Our profile page for Canton, Oxford County   [Map]
Distance: About 606 miles [975.3 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Baltimore City

Our profile page for Canton, Baltimore City   [Map]
Distance: About 188 miles [302.6 km] to the East

Wicomico County

Our profile page for Canton, Wicomico County   [Map]
Distance: About 253 miles [407.2 km] to the East Southeast

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Massachusetts

Norfolk County

Our profile page for Canton, Norfolk County   [Map]
Distance: About 502 miles [807.9 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Wayne County

Our profile page for Canton, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 264 miles [424.9 km] to the Northwest

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Minnesota

Fillmore County

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

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Mississippi

Madison County

Our profile page for Canton, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 729 miles [1,173.2 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Lewis County

Our profile page for Canton, Lewis County   [Map]
Distance: About 608 miles [978.5 km] to the West

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Montana

Broadwater County

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

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Nebraska

Sioux County

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

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Canton   [Map]
Distance: About 815 miles [1,311.6 km] to the Northeast

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New Jersey

Salem County

Our profile page for Canton, Salem County   [Map]
Distance: About 248 miles [399.1 km] to the East

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New Mexico

DeBaca County

Our profile page for Canton, DeBaca County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,367 miles [2,200 km] to the West

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New York

Saint Lawrence County

Our profile page for Canton, Saint Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 434 miles [698.5 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Haywood County

Our profile page for Canton, Haywood County   [Map]
Distance: About 311 miles [500.5 km] to the South Southwest

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Ohio

Stark County

Our profile page for Canton, Stark County   [Map]
Distance: About 114 miles [183.5 km] to the Northwest

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Oklahoma

Blaine County

Our profile page for Canton, Blaine County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,035 miles [1,665.7 km] to the West

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Ontario

Our profile page for Canton   [Map]
Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Bradford County

Our profile page for Canton, Bradford County   [Map]
Distance: About 225 miles [362.1 km] to the Northeast

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South Dakota

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Canton, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 893 miles [1,437.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Texas

Van Zandt County

Our profile page for Canton, Van Zandt County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,000 miles [1,609.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Scott County

Our profile page for Canton, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 248 miles [399.1 km] to the Southwest

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Washington

King County

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

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Wisconsin

Barron County

Our profile page for Canton, Barron County   [Map]
Distance: About 717 miles [1,153.9 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Canton ...

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.

Dakota   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest of Canton   [Map]
Forksburg   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Garden Village   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Graham Heights   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Hopewell   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Meadowdale   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Montana   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mount Harmony   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
New England   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Pettyjohn (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Shagtown   -   2 miles [3.2 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 Canton. 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 13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast of Canton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
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 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Canton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

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About Marion County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County: www.marioncountywv.com/

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4762, Longitude: -80.0817     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canton 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 Canton 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 309.684 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.567 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.809 degrees.

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<7>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 Canton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Canton 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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<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 Canton.



 
 
 

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