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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Welch [Map], which is the Seat of McDowell County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Cherokee to Welch, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 66 miles [106.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 255 miles [410.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,143 miles [9,886.2 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 6,853 miles [11,028.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,729 miles [7,610.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Cherokee ...

We have found 30 communities that share the name Cherokee.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Cherokee. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 29 communities in the United States - with 30 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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Alabama

Colbert County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Colbert County   [Map]
Distance: About 412 miles [663 km] to the West Southwest

California

Butte County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Butte County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 2,159 miles [3,474.6 km] to the West Northwest

Nevada County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Nevada County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,135 miles [3,435.9 km] to the West Northwest

San Joaquin County

Our profile page for Cherokee, San Joaquin County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,161 miles [3,477.8 km] to the West Northwest

Tuolumne County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Tuolumne County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,110 miles [3,395.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Georgia

Bibb County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Bibb County   [Map]
Distance: About 342 miles [550.4 km] to the South Southwest

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the Southwest

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Iowa

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 835 miles [1,343.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Crawford County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 739 miles [1,189.3 km] to the West

Morris County

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

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Kentucky

Jefferson County

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

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 94 miles [151.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Maine

Aroostook County

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

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Mississippi

Lowndes County

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

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New York

New York County

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

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North Carolina

Swain County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Swain County   [Map]
Distance: About 172 miles [276.8 km] to the Southwest

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Ohio

Logan County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Logan County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Oklahoma

Alfalfa County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Alfalfa County   [Map]
Distance: About 937 miles [1,508 km] to the West

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South Carolina

Charleston County

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

Spartanburg County

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

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Tennessee

Grainger County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Grainger County   [Map]
Distance: About 145 miles [233.4 km] to the Southwest

Lauderdale County

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

Washington County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 97 miles [156.1 km] to the Southwest

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Texas

Rusk County

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

San Saba County

Our profile page for Cherokee, San Saba County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,084 miles [1,744.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Henry County

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

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Washington

Okanogan County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Okanogan County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,047 miles [3,294.3 km] to the Northwest

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Wisconsin

Marathon County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Marathon County   [Map]
Distance: About 692 miles [1,113.7 km] to the Northwest

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Wyoming

Sweetwater County

Our profile page for Cherokee, Sweetwater County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,425 miles [2,293.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Cherokee ...

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.

Bluestone   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South of Cherokee   [Map]
Clark (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Coaldale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Coopers   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Crumpler   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Elkhorn   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Flipping   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Freeman   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Goodwill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hiawatha   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Keystone   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Pocahontas (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Rock   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Smokeless   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Switchback   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Widemouth (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Worth   -   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 Cherokee. 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 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Cherokee

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>
 
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 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Cherokee

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

Other Roadside Stops ...



The Communities of West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Cherokee. 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 stretches from Cherokee. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Cherokee) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cherokee. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4071, Longitude: -81.3368     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cherokee 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 Cherokee 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 310.499 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.188 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.038 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 Cherokee, 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 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 Cherokee 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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