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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 76 miles [122.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Ceres to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 248 miles [399.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,140 miles [9,881.4 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 6,849 miles [11,022.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,725 miles [7,604.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ceres ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Ceres.

While the name Ceres is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Stanislaus County

Our profile page for Ceres, Stanislaus County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,165 miles [3,484.2 km] to the West Northwest


Crawford County

Our profile page for Ceres, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 349 miles [561.7 km] to the South Southwest


Clayton County

Our profile page for Ceres, Clayton County   [Map]
Distance: About 652 miles [1,049.3 km] to the Northwest

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Allegany County

Our profile page for Ceres, Allegany County   [Map]
Distance: About 358 miles [576.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Noble County

Our profile page for Ceres, Noble County   [Map]
Distance: About 891 miles [1,433.9 km] to the West

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Bland County

Our profile page for Ceres, Bland County   [Map]
Distance: About 22 miles [35.4 km] to the South Southwest

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Lewis County

Our profile page for Ceres, Lewis County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,221 miles [3,574.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Ceres ...

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.

Billie (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East of Ceres   [Map]
Blake (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Brush Fork   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Edison   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Flipping   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Green Valley   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Hardy   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Kale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Lilly Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Littlesburg   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Maple View   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Rock   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rocky Gap (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Round Bottom (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sandlick   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [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 Ceres. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Ceres

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<7>
Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Ceres

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ceres. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3079, Longitude: -81.1479     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ceres 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 Ceres 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 310.387 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.046 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.99 degrees.

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<7>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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