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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 Harper, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Harper 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 Harper:
    • 37.798679, -81.261161
    • 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 Harper
  • 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 Harper ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Harper.

There is one other community in West Virginia which is also named Harper.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another 27 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 27 communities, 26 are located in the United States and two are in Canada.

  • Communities Located In West Virginia ...
    • Pendleton County
      • This Harper is located in Pendleton County and lies 109 miles [175.4 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pendleton County community of Harper.
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • California
      • Modoc County
      • This Harper is located in Modoc County and lies 2,108 miles [3,392.5 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Modoc County community of Harper.
      • San Bernardino 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 California community of Harper [San Bernardino County].
    • Florida
      • Santa Rosa County
      • This Harper is located in Santa Rosa County and lies 600 miles [965.6 km]<1> to the southwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Santa Rosa County community of Harper.
    • Georgia
      • Elbert County
      • This Harper is located in Elbert County and lies 266 miles [428.1 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Elbert County community of Harper.
    • Illinois
      • Ogle County
      • This Harper is located in Ogle County and lies 535 miles [861 km]<1> to the northwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Ogle County community of Harper.
      • White 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 Illinois community of Harper [White County].
    • Indiana
      • Decatur County
      • This Harper is located in Decatur County and lies 251 miles [403.9 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Decatur County community of Harper.
    • Iowa
      • Keokuk County
      • This Harper is located in Keokuk County and lies 624 miles [1,004.2 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Keokuk County community of Harper.
      • Page 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 Iowa community of Harper [Page County].
    • Kansas
      • Harper County
      • This Harper is located in Harper County and lies 917 miles [1,475.8 km]<1> to the west of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Harper County community of Harper.
    • Kentucky
      • Magoffin County
      • This Harper is located in Magoffin County and lies 105 miles [169 km]<1> to the west of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Magoffin County community of Harper.
    • Maryland
      • Talbot 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 Maryland community of Harper [Talbot County].
    • Michigan
      • Antrim 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 Harper [Antrim County].
      • Wayne County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Harper [Wayne County].
    • Missouri
      • Saint Clair County
      • This Harper is located in Saint Clair County and lies 667 miles [1,073.4 km]<1> to the west of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saint Clair County community of Harper.
    • North Carolina
      • Johnston County
      • This Harper is located in Johnston County and lies 237 miles [381.4 km]<1> to the southeast of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Johnston County community of Harper.
    • Ohio
      • Greene County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Greene County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Greene County community of Harper.
      • Logan County
      • This Harper is located in Logan County and lies 223 miles [358.9 km]<1> to the northwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Logan County community of Harper.
      • Ross County
      • This Harper is located in Ross County and lies 152 miles [244.6 km] to the northwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Ross County community of Harper.
    • Ontario
      • This Harper lies 553 miles [890 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
    • Oregon
      • Malheur County
      • This Harper is located in Malheur County and lies 1,928 miles [3,102.8 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Malheur County community of Harper.
    • Prince Edward Island
      • This Harper lies 1,075 miles [1,730 km]<1> to the northeast of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
    • Texas
      • Gillespie County
      • This Harper is located in Gillespie County and lies 1,149 miles [1,849.1 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Gillespie County community of Harper.
    • Utah
      • Carbon County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Carbon County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Carbon County community of Harper.
    • Virginia
      • Wise County
      • This Harper is located in Wise County and lies 104 miles [167.4 km]<1> to the southwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wise County community of Harper.
    • Washington
      • Kitsap County
      • This Harper is located in Kitsap County and lies 2,171 miles [3,493.9 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kitsap County community of Harper.
    • Wyoming
      • Albany County
      • This Harper is located in Albany County and lies 1,330 miles [2,140.4 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Harper that is located in Raleigh County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Albany County community of Harper.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Harper ...

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.

  • Cedar [Raleigh County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar
    • Cedar [Raleigh County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Harper
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar
  • Crab Orchard [Raleigh County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crab Orchard
    • Crab Orchard [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Harper
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crab Orchard have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crab Orchard
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Crab Orchard<5>
  • Cranberry [Raleigh County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cranberry
    • Cranberry [Raleigh County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Harper
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cranberry have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cranberry
  • Dry Hill [Raleigh County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dry Hill
    • Dry Hill [Raleigh County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Harper
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dry Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dry Hill
  • Continue List   (14 more) ...
    • Glen Daniel [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen Daniel
      • Glen Daniel [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Harper
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glen Daniel have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen Daniel
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glen Daniel<5>
    • Glen View [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen View
      • Glen View [Raleigh County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Harper
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glen View have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen View
    • Glen White [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen White
      • Glen White [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Harper
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen White
    • Glen White Junction [Raleigh County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen White Junction
      • Glen White Junction [Raleigh County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Harper
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glen White Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Harper Heights [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harper Heights
      • Harper Heights [Raleigh County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Harper
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harper Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harper Heights
    • Hoohoo [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hoohoo
      • Hoohoo [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Harper
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hoohoo have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hoohoo
    • Jenny Gap [Raleigh County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jenny Gap
      • Jenny Gap [Raleigh County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Harper
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jenny Gap have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Johnstown [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Johnstown
      • Johnstown [Raleigh County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Harper
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Johnstown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Johnstown
    • Lester [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lester
      • Lester [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Harper
      • Estimated population in 2019: 314 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lester have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lester
    • Maple Fork [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maple Fork
      • Maple Fork [Raleigh County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Harper
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maple Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maple Fork
    • Prosperity [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prosperity
      • Prosperity [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Harper
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prosperity
    • Spangler Factory [Raleigh County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spangler Factory
      • Spangler Factory [Raleigh County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Harper
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spangler Factory have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Surveyor [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Surveyor
      • Surveyor [Raleigh County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Harper
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Surveyor have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Surveyor
    • Trap Hill [Raleigh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Trap Hill
      • Trap Hill [Raleigh County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Harper
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Trap Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trap Hill

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 Harper. 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 ...
    • 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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest of Harper.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<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 4 miles [6.4 km] to the east of Harper.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Stydahar<6>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Beckley, which is the Seat of Raleigh County and lies just to the East Southeast.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 42 miles [67.6 km]<1> to the north northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Harper to Charleston, with an average speed<7> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 241 miles [387.9 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,123 miles [9,854 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,834 miles [10,998.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,709 miles [7,578.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Harper. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7987, Longitude: -81.2612    
<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 Harper 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 Harper, 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 Harper 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 310.447 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.187 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.882 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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