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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Gath, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Gath and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Gath:
    • 39.438420, -80.080910
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Gath
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Gath ...

We have found five communities that share the name Gath.

Within West Virginia, the name Gath is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another five communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Indiana
      • Adams County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Indiana community of Gath [Adams County].
    • Kansas
      • Norton County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Gath [Norton County].
    • North Carolina
      • Orange County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Carolina community of Gath [Orange County].
    • Ohio
      • Highland County
      • This Gath is located in Highland County and lies 200 miles [321.9 km]<2> to the west of the Gath that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gath
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Highland County community of Gath.
    • Tennessee
      • Warren County
      • This Gath is located in Warren County and lies 401 miles [645.3 km]<2> to the southwest of the Gath that is located in Marion County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gath
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Warren County community of Gath.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Gath ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Dakota [Marion County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dakota
    • Dakota [Marion County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Gath
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dakota have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dakota
  • Forksburg [Marion County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forksburg
    • Forksburg [Marion County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the northeast of Gath
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forksburg have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forksburg
  • Garden Village [Marion County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garden Village
    • Garden Village [Marion County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Gath
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Garden Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Garden Village
  • Graham Heights [Marion County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Graham Heights
    • Graham Heights [Marion County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the northwest of Gath
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Graham Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Graham Heights
  • Continue List   (9 more) ...
    • Hebron [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hebron
      • Hebron [Marion County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Gath
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hebron
    • Hillcrest [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillcrest
      • Hillcrest [Marion County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Gath
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillcrest have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillcrest
    • Hillview [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillview
      • Hillview [Marion County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the west of Gath
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillview have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillview
    • Hopewell [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hopewell
      • Hopewell [Marion County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the north of Gath
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hopewell have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hopewell
    • Meadowdale [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadowdale
      • Meadowdale [Marion County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the north of Gath
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadowdale have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadowdale
    • Mount Harmony [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Harmony
      • Mount Harmony [Marion County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the north of Gath
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Harmony have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Harmony
    • New England [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New England
      • New England [Marion County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the west of Gath
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New England have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New England
    • Pettyjohn [Marion County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pettyjohn
      • Pettyjohn [Marion County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Gath
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pettyjohn have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Shagtown [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shagtown
      • Shagtown [Marion County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Gath
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shagtown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shagtown

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 Gath. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Reverend Robert S. Graetz     (Minister, activist)
      • Minister, activist. He was born in Clarksburg (West Virginia) on Wednesday May 16, 1928 and died in Montgomery (Alabama) on Sunday September 20, 2020 at the age of 92. We don't have any burial details.
      • Clarksburg is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest of Gath.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reverend Robert S. Graetz<4>
    • Don Knotts     (Comedian, actor)
      • 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 the age of 81. He is buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Morgantown is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Gath.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<4>
    • Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at the age of 69. The body was cremated.
      • Fairchance is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Gath.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster<4>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<5> community of Gath once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Gath and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Fairmont, which is the Seat of Marion County and lies just to the Northwest.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 112 miles [180.2 km]<2> to the southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Gath to Charleston, with an average speed<6>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 167 miles [268.8 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<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,001 miles [9,657.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,716 miles [10,808.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,591 miles [7,388.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Marion County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Gath 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.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gath) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gath. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4384, Longitude: -80.0809       In this case, the coordinates for Gath have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>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.
<5>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 Gath, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<6>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.
<7>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 Gath to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.685 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.563 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.822 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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