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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Keyser [Map], which is the Seat of Mineral County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Chaffee to Keyser, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 151 miles [243 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 119 miles [191.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,965 miles [9,599.7 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 6,677 miles [10,745.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,552 miles [7,325.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Chaffee ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Chaffee.

While the name Chaffee is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Kern County

Our profile page for Chaffee, Kern County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,148 miles [3,456.9 km] to the West


Rush County

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


Boyd County

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


Scott County

Our profile page for Chaffee, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 588 miles [946.3 km] to the West

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New York

Erie County

Our profile page for Chaffee, Erie County   [Map]
Distance: About 221 miles [355.7 km] to the North

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North Dakota

Cass County

Our profile page for Chaffee, Cass County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,045 miles [1,681.8 km] to the Northwest

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Cuyahoga County

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

Summit County

Our profile page for Chaffee, Summit County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 183 miles [294.5 km] to the Northwest

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Elk County

Our profile page for Chaffee, Elk County   [Map]
Distance: About 150 miles [241.4 km] to the North

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South Carolina

Aiken County

Our profile page for Chaffee, Aiken County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 413 miles [664.7 km] to the South Southwest

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Benton County

Our profile page for Chaffee, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,078 miles [3,344.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Chaffee ...

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.

Blaine   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest of Chaffee   [Map]
Claysville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Crosstown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Elk Garden   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Floyd (MD)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Green Glade (MD)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hartmansville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Luke (MD)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Skyline   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Standard (MD)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Sulphur City   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [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 Chaffee. 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.

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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest of Chaffee

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Mineral County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chaffee. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4065, Longitude: -79.1623     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chaffee 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 Chaffee 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 309.129 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.926 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.432 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 Chaffee 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 Chaffee, 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:

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