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Chiefton, West Virginia
(Marion County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Chiefton to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Chiefton to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Fairmont [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 105 miles [169 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Chiefton 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 6 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 176 miles [283.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,008 miles [9,668.9 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 6,723 miles [10,819.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,598 miles [7,399.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Chiefton ...

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Chiefton.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Chiefton ...

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.

Allied   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South of Chiefton   [Map]
Enterprise   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Four States   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Francis   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Helens Run   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Highland   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Killarm   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Long Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Oak Grove (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Wahoo   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [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 Chiefton. 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 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northeast of Chiefton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<7>
 
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Chiefton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County: www.marioncountywv.com/

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chiefton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4437, Longitude: -80.2579     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chiefton 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 Chiefton 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 309.793 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.686 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.898 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Chiefton.



 
 
 

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