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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 Godfrey, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Godfrey 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 Godfrey:
    • 37.365116, -81.260655
    • 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 Godfrey
  • 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 Godfrey ...

We have found eight communities that share the name Godfrey.

Within West Virginia, the name Godfrey is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another eight communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these eight communities, seven are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Georgia
      • Morgan County
      • This Godfrey is located in Morgan County and lies 298 miles [479.6 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Godfrey that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Godfrey
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Morgan County community of Godfrey.
    • Illinois
      • Madison County
      • This Godfrey is located in Madison County and lies 498 miles [801.5 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Godfrey that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Godfrey
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Madison County community of Godfrey.
    • Kansas
      • Bourbon County
      • This Godfrey is located in Bourbon County and lies 736 miles [1,184.5 km]<1> to the west of the Godfrey that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Godfrey
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bourbon County community of Godfrey.
    • Kentucky
      • Allen County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Godfrey [Allen County].
    • Michigan
      • Alpena County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Godfrey [Alpena County].
    • Ontario
      • This Godfrey lies 554 miles [891.6 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Godfrey that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Godfrey
    • Pennsylvania
      • Armstrong County
      • This Godfrey is located in Armstrong County and lies 245 miles [394.3 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Godfrey that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Godfrey
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Armstrong County community of Godfrey.
    • Washington
      • Stevens County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Washington community of Godfrey [Stevens County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Godfrey ...

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.

  • Abbs Valley [Mercer County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abbs Valley
    • Abbs Valley [Mercer County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Godfrey
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Abbs Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Bluestone [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluestone
    • Bluestone [Mercer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Godfrey
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bluestone have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bluestone
  • Brush Fork [Mercer County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brush Fork
    • Brush Fork [Mercer County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Godfrey
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brush Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brush Fork
  • Cherokee [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherokee
    • Cherokee [McDowell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Godfrey
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cherokee have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cherokee
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    • Coaldale [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coaldale
      • Coaldale [Mercer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Godfrey
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coaldale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coaldale
    • Coopers [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coopers
      • Coopers [Mercer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Godfrey
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coopers
    • Flipping [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flipping
      • Flipping [Mercer County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Godfrey
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flipping have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flipping
    • Freeman [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freeman
      • Freeman [Mercer County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Godfrey
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Freeman have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Freeman
    • Goodwill [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodwill
      • Goodwill [Mercer County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of Godfrey
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Goodwill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodwill
    • Hiawatha [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hiawatha
      • Hiawatha [Mercer County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Godfrey
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hiawatha have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hiawatha
    • Kale [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kale
      • Kale [Mercer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Godfrey
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kale
    • Littlesburg [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littlesburg
      • Littlesburg [Mercer County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Godfrey
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Littlesburg
    • Pocahontas [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pocahontas
      • Pocahontas [Tazewell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Godfrey
      • Estimated population in 2019: 353 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pocahontas
    • Rock [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock
      • Rock [Mercer County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Godfrey
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rock<5>
    • Sandlick [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandlick
      • Sandlick [Mercer County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Godfrey
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sandlick have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandlick
    • Smokeless [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smokeless
      • Smokeless [Mercer County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Godfrey
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smokeless have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smokeless
    • Yards [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Yards
      • Yards [Mercer County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Godfrey
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Yards have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yards

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 Godfrey. 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.

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    • William McGarvey 'Bullet' Dudley     (Professional football)
    • Earl Coleman Francis     (Major League Baseball)
      • 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 the age of 67. He is buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania).
      • Slab Fork is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of Godfrey.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<6>
    • Alex Hawkins     (Professional football)
      • 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 the age of 80. We don't have any burial details.
      • Welch is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Godfrey.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins<6>
    • Joe Stydahar     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Kaylor (Pennsylvania) on Sunday March 17, 1912 and died in Beckley (West Virginia) on Wednesday March 23, 1977 at the age of 65. He is buried at Shinnston Memorial Cemetery (Harrison County, West Virginia).
      • Beckley is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Godfrey.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Stydahar<6>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Godfrey and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Princeton, which is the Seat of Mercer County and lies just to the East.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 70 miles [112.7 km]<1> to the north northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Godfrey to Charleston, with an average speed<7>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 three full days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 252 miles [405.6 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<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,142 miles [9,884.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,851 miles [11,025.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,727 miles [7,607.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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- Godfrey) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Godfrey. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3651, Longitude: -81.2607       In this case, the coordinates for Godfrey have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Godfrey 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.
<3>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 Godfrey, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>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.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Godfrey to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.454 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.131 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.019 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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