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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Oriole 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 Oriole 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<1> community of Oriole once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Oriole to:

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 123 miles [197.9 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Oriole to Charleston, with an average speed<3>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 [Map]) is 152 miles [244.6 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,990 miles [9,640 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,704 miles [10,789 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,579 miles [7,369.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Oriole ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Oriole.

While the name Oriole is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Hernando County

Our profile page for Oriole, Hernando County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Hernando County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Oriole, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 807 miles [1,298.7 km] to the South Southwest


Perry County

Our profile page for Oriole, Perry County   [Map]
Distance: About 371 miles [597.1 km] to the West


Smith County

Our profile page for Oriole, Smith County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Smith County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Hopkins County

Our profile page for Oriole, Hopkins County   [Map]
Distance: About 445 miles [716.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Somerset County

Our profile page for Oriole, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 231 miles [371.8 km] to the East Southeast

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Redwood County

Our profile page for Oriole, Redwood County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Redwood County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Cape Girardeau County

Our profile page for Oriole, Cape Girardeau County   [Map]
Distance: About 543 miles [873.9 km] to the West

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Our profile page for Oriole
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Lycoming County

Our profile page for Oriole, Lycoming County   [Map]
Distance: About 180 miles [289.7 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Oriole ...

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.

Camp Ground   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East of Oriole   [Map]
Chestnut Ridge   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hardman   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Heathers Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Independence   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Kanes Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Kanetown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Kingwood   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mountain View   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Reedsville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Scotch Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Threefork Bridge   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [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 Oriole. 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 16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest of Oriole

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Oriole

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
Andrew Wasil Seminick
  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 an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southeast of Oriole

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Oriole, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oriole. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4320, Longitude: -79.7984     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oriole have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Oriole to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.514 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.367 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.70 degrees.

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<8>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 Oriole 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.

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<9>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:

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