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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 Herring, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Herring 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 Herring:
    • 39.542584, -79.738111
    • 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 Herring
  • 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 Herring ...

We have found six communities that share the name Herring.

Within West Virginia, the name Herring is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Georgia
      • Lowndes County
      • This Herring is located in Lowndes County and lies 640 miles [1,030 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Herring that is located in Preston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Herring
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lowndes County community of Herring.
    • North Carolina
      • Sampson 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 North Carolina community of Herring [Sampson County].
    • Ohio
      • 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 Ohio community of Herring [Allen County].
    • Oklahoma
      • Roger Mills County
      • This Herring is located in Roger Mills County and lies 1,113 miles [1,791.2 km]<1> to the west of the Herring that is located in Preston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Herring
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Roger Mills County community of Herring.
    • Texas
      • Anderson County
      • This Herring is located in Anderson County and lies 1,027 miles [1,652.8 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Herring that is located in Preston County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Herring
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Anderson County community of Herring.
      • Tom Green 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 Texas community of Herring [Tom Green County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Herring ...

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.

  • Bull Run [Preston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bull Run
    • Bull Run [Preston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Herring
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bull Run have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bull Run
  • Cascade [Preston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cascade
    • Cascade [Preston County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Herring
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cascade have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cascade
  • Kanes Creek [Preston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kanes Creek
    • Kanes Creek [Preston County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Herring
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kanes Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kanes Creek
  • Kingwood [Preston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kingwood
    • Kingwood [Preston County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Herring
    • Estimated population in 2019: 3,057 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kingwood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kingwood<4>
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    • Masontown [Preston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Masontown
      • Masontown [Preston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Herring
      • Estimated population in 2019: 538 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Masontown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Masontown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Masontown<4>
    • Reedsville [Preston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reedsville
      • Reedsville [Preston County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Herring
      • Estimated population in 2019: 604 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reedsville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reedsville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reedsville<4>
    • Rockville [Preston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockville
      • Rockville [Preston County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Herring
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockville
    • Valley Point [Preston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valley Point
      • Valley Point [Preston County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Herring
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Valley Point have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley Point

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 Herring. 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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    • John Dickson Carr     (Author)
      • Author. He was born in Uniontown (Pennsylvania) on Friday November 30, 1906 and died in Greenville (South Carolina) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at the age of 70. He is buried at Springwood Cemetery (Greenville County, South Carolina).
      • Uniontown is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Herring.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Dickson Carr<5>
    • Ralph Chambers     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Uniontown (Pennsylvania) on Tueday March 1, 1892 and died in New York (New York) on Sunday March 10, 1968 at the age of 76. He is buried at Kensico Cemetery (Westchester County, New York).
      • Uniontown is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Herring.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ralph Chambers<5>
    • Stephen Paul Courson     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Saturday October 1, 1955 and died in Farmington (Pennsylvania) on Thursday November 10, 2005 at the age of 50. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery (Adams County, Pennsylvania).
      • Farmington is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast of Herring.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Stephen Paul Courson<5>
    • Charles Cloyd 'Chuck' Hostetler     (Major League Baseball)
    • 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 13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest of Herring.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<5>
    • 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 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest of Herring.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster<5>
    • Andrew Wasil Seminick     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at the age of 83.
      • Pierce is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Herring.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<5>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Kingwood, which is the Seat of Preston County and lies just to the South Southeast.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 130 miles [209.2 km]<1> to the southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Herring to Charleston, with an average speed<6>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 151 miles [243 km] to the east southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,982 miles [9,627.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,697 miles [10,777.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,572 miles [7,357.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Herring. 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Herring) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Herring. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5426, Longitude: -79.7381       In this case, the coordinates for Herring 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 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 Herring 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>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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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.
<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 Herring 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 309.472 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.336 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.634 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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