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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • New Cumberland [Map], which is the Seat of Hancock County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 166 miles [267.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Chester to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 221 miles [355.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,969 miles [9,606.2 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 6,689 miles [10,764.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,564 miles [7,345 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Chester ...

We have found 47 communities that share the name Chester.

While the name Chester is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 46 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

In addition to the above occurrences of Chester, we know of another community located outside of the United States and Canada.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities located internationally


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Montgomery County

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

Arkansas

Crawford County

Our profile page for Chester, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 812 miles [1,306.8 km] to the West Southwest

California

Plumas County

Our profile page for Chester, Plumas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,117 miles [3,407 km] to the West Northwest

Colorado

Saguache County

Our profile page for Chester, Saguache County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,375 miles [2,212.8 km] to the West

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Connecticut

Middlesex County

Our profile page for Chester, Middlesex County   [Map]
Distance: About 426 miles [685.6 km] to the East

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Florida

Nassau County

Our profile page for Chester, Nassau County   [Map]
Distance: About 687 miles [1,105.6 km] to the South

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Georgia

Dodge County

Our profile page for Chester, Dodge County   [Map]
Distance: About 585 miles [941.5 km] to the South Southwest

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Idaho

Fremont County

Our profile page for Chester, Fremont County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,591 miles [2,560.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Randolph County

Our profile page for Chester, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 528 miles [849.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Indiana

Wayne County

Our profile page for Chester, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 233 miles [375 km] to the West

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Iowa

Howard County

Our profile page for Chester, Howard County   [Map]
Distance: About 636 miles [1,023.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Douglas County

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

Gray County

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

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Chester, 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.

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Kentucky

Mason County

Our profile page for Chester, Mason County
Although located in Mason County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Montgomery County

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

Perry County

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

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Louisiana

Winn Parish

Our profile page for Chester, Winn Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 876 miles [1,409.8 km] to the Southwest

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Maine

Penobscot County

Our profile page for Chester, Penobscot County   [Map]
Distance: About 692 miles [1,113.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Maryland

Queen Anne's County

Our profile page for Chester, Queen Anne's County   [Map]
Distance: About 253 miles [407.2 km] to the East Southeast

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Massachusetts

Hampden County

Our profile page for Chester, Hampden County   [Map]
Distance: About 408 miles [656.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Eaton County

Our profile page for Chester, Eaton County   [Map]
Distance: About 263 miles [423.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Minnesota

Olmsted County

Our profile page for Chester, Olmsted County   [Map]
Distance: About 644 miles [1,036.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Mississippi

Choctaw County

Our profile page for Chester, Choctaw County   [Map]
Distance: About 692 miles [1,113.7 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Newton County

Our profile page for Chester, Newton County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 775 miles [1,247.2 km] to the West Southwest

Nodaway County

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

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Montana

Liberty County

Our profile page for Chester, Liberty County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,579 miles [2,541.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Chester, Lancaster County
This community is historic.
Although located in Lancaster County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Thayer County

Our profile page for Chester, Thayer County   [Map]
Distance: About 897 miles [1,443.6 km] to the West

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New Brunswick

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

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New Hampshire

Rockingham County

Our profile page for Chester, Rockingham County   [Map]
Distance: About 505 miles [812.7 km] to the East Northeast

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New Jersey

Morris County

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

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New York

Orange County

Our profile page for Chester, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 331 miles [532.7 km] to the East

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Chester   [Map]
Distance: About 871 miles [1,401.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Meigs County

Our profile page for Chester, Meigs County   [Map]
Distance: About 127 miles [204.4 km] to the Southwest

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Oklahoma

Major County

Our profile page for Chester, Major County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,036 miles [1,667.3 km] to the West

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Ontario

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

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Pennsylvania

Delaware County

Our profile page for Chester, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 278 miles [447.4 km] to the East

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South Carolina

Chester County

Our profile page for Chester, Chester County   [Map]
Distance: About 409 miles [658.2 km] to the South

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South Dakota

Lake County

Our profile page for Chester, Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 864 miles [1,390.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Henry County

Our profile page for Chester, 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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Texas

Tyler County

Our profile page for Chester, Tyler County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,030 miles [1,657.6 km] to the Southwest

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Utah

Sanpete County

Our profile page for Chester, Sanpete County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,632 miles [2,626.4 km] to the West

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Vermont

Windsor County

Our profile page for Chester, Windsor County   [Map]
Distance: About 448 miles [721 km] to the East Northeast

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Virginia

Chesterfield County

Our profile page for Chester, Chesterfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 280 miles [450.6 km] to the Southeast

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Washington

Spokane County

Our profile page for Chester, Spokane County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,862 miles [2,996.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Communities Located Internationally

Just a reminder: Our measurements are based on the Great Circle Route. See footnote <3>


England   [Map]

Distance: About 3,577 miles [5,756.6 km] to the Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Chester ...

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.

Congo   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West of Chester   [Map]
Dry Run (OH)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Fairhaven   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Georgetown (PA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Glasgow (PA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hookstown (PA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Jethro (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Lennyville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Pleasant Heights (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Spring Grove (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Chester. 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.

Charley Arthur Pretty Boy Floyd     (Born as Charles Arthur Floyd)
  Crime figure. He was born in Adairsville (Georgia) on Wednesday February 3, 1904 and died in East Liverpool (Ohio) on Monday October 22, 1934 at an age of 30. He was buried at Akins Cemetery (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma) [Map].

East Liverpool [Map] is located Less than 2 miles to the north of Chester

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charley Arthur Pretty Boy Floyd<9>
 
Robert Sterling     (Born as William Hart)
  Actor. He was born in New Castle (Pennsylvania) on Tueday November 13, 1917 and died in Brentwood (California) on Tueday May 30, 2006 at an age of 88.

New Castle [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Chester

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Sterling

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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 from Chester. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Chester) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Chester. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Chester

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chester. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.6129, Longitude: -80.5627     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chester 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 Chester 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 309.929 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.018 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.619 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Chester 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 Chester, 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chester.