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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Grafton [Map], which is the Seat of Taylor County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 108 miles [173.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Cecil 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 160 miles [257.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 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 6,005 miles [9,664.1 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 6,718 miles [10,811.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,594 miles [7,393.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Cecil ...

We have found 19 communities that share the name Cecil.

While the name Cecil is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 19 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Cecil, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 587 miles [944.7 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Franklin County

Our profile page for Cecil, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 809 miles [1,302 km] to the West Southwest

Georgia

Berrien County

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

Cook County

Our profile page for Cecil, Cook County   [Map]
Distance: About 599 miles [964 km] to the South Southwest

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Kansas

Labette County

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

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Kentucky

McCracken County

Our profile page for Cecil, McCracken County   [Map]
Distance: About 494 miles [795 km] to the West Southwest

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Louisiana

Union Parish

Our profile page for Cecil, Union Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 809 miles [1,302 km] to the West Southwest

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Michigan

Emmet County

Our profile page for Cecil, Emmet County   [Map]
Distance: About 510 miles [820.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Mississippi

Attala County

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

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Missouri

Jackson County

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

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Montana

Richland County

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

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New Jersey

Gloucester County

Our profile page for Cecil, Gloucester County   [Map]
Distance: About 269 miles [432.9 km] to the East

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North Carolina

Haywood County

Our profile page for Cecil, Haywood County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 311 miles [500.5 km] to the South Southwest

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North Dakota

Towner County

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

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Ohio

Paulding County

Our profile page for Cecil, Paulding County   [Map]
Distance: About 277 miles [445.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Oregon

Morrow County

Our profile page for Cecil, Morrow County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,060 miles [3,315.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Washington County

Our profile page for Cecil, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 73 miles [117.5 km] to the North

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Virginia

Washington County

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

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Wisconsin

Shawano County

Our profile page for Cecil, Shawano County   [Map]
Distance: About 577 miles [928.6 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Cecil ...

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.

Blueville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North of Cecil   [Map]
Cove Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Cove Run Station (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Dent   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Elliotsville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Fox Hall (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hopewell   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Knottsville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Maple Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Moatsville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pleasant Creek (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sandy (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Stone House (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Cecil. 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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Cecil

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Cecil

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cecil. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2715, Longitude: -79.9873     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cecil 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 Cecil 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 309.635 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.481 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.84 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 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 Cecil 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 Cecil, 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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