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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Fairmont [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 116 miles [186.7 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Catawba 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 168 miles [270.4 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 5,997 miles [9,651.2 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 6,712 miles [10,801.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,587 miles [7,382.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Catawba ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Catawba.

While the name Catawba is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Citrus County

Our profile page for Catawba, Citrus County   [Map]
Distance: About 759 miles [1,221.5 km] to the South


Pendleton County

Our profile page for Catawba, Pendleton County   [Map]
Distance: About 234 miles [376.6 km] to the West Southwest


Caldwell County

Our profile page for Catawba, Caldwell County   [Map]
Distance: About 731 miles [1,176.4 km] to the West

New Jersey

Atlantic County

Our profile page for Catawba, Atlantic County   [Map]
Distance: About 285 miles [458.7 km] to the East

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New York

Steuben County

Our profile page for Catawba, Steuben County   [Map]
Distance: About 255 miles [410.4 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Catawba County

Our profile page for Catawba, Catawba County   [Map]
Distance: About 269 miles [432.9 km] to the South Southwest

Gaston County

Our profile page for Catawba, Gaston County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 302 miles [486 km] to the South

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Champaign County

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

Clark County

Our profile page for Catawba, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 190 miles [305.8 km] to the West

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Blaine County

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

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South Carolina

York County

Our profile page for Catawba, York County   [Map]
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the South

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Botetourt County

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

Halifax County

Our profile page for Catawba, Halifax County   [Map]
Distance: About 189 miles [304.2 km] to the South Southeast

Roanoke County

Our profile page for Catawba, Roanoke County   [Map]
Distance: About 148 miles [238.2 km] to the South

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Price County

Our profile page for Catawba, Price County   [Map]
Distance: About 673 miles [1,083.1 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Catawba ...

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.

Crown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Catawba   [Map]
Dakota   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Edna   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Everettville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Flaggy Meadow   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Forksburg   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Fort Grand   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Georgetown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Graham Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hopewell   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Jordan   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Little Falls   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lowsville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Meadowdale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Montana   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Mount Harmony   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
National   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Paw Paw   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Pleasant View   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Richwood (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Shagtown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [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 Catawba. 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 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast of Catawba

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Catawba

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Catawba. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5270, Longitude: -80.0779     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Catawba 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 Catawba 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 309.679 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.57 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.789 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 Catawba, 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Catawba 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:

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