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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Osage to:

  • Morgantown [Map], which is the Seat of Monongalia County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 125 miles [201.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Osage to Charleston, with an average speed<2>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 8 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 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,988 miles [9,636.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • 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).<5>
  • 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).<6>

Communities Also Named Osage ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Osage.

While the name Osage is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Carroll County

Our profile page for Osage, Carroll County   [Map]
Distance: About 767 miles [1,234.4 km] to the West Southwest


Franklin County

Our profile page for Osage, Franklin County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Franklin County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Mitchell County

Our profile page for Osage, Mitchell County   [Map]
Distance: About 707 miles [1,137.8 km] to the West Northwest


Miami County

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

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Becker County

Our profile page for Osage, Becker County   [Map]
Distance: About 913 miles [1,469.3 km] to the Northwest

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Cole County

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

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Camden County

Our profile page for Osage, Camden County   [Map]
Distance: About 265 miles [426.5 km] to the East

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Osage, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 67 miles [107.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Osage County

Our profile page for Osage, Osage County   [Map]
Distance: About 921 miles [1,482.2 km] to the West

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Our profile page for Osage   [Map]
Distance: About 1,347 miles [2,167.8 km] to the Northwest

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Henry County

Our profile page for Osage, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 510 miles [820.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Colorado County

Our profile page for Osage, Colorado County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Colorado County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Coryell County

Our profile page for Osage, Coryell County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,131 miles [1,820.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Patrick County

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

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Weston County

Our profile page for Osage, Weston County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,286 miles [2,069.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Osage ...

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.

Booth   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South of Osage   [Map]
Evans Ferry   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Fieldcrest   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Harmony Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Jerome Park   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Maidsville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Park Hills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Price Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Randall   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Rosedale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
South Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Star City   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Tanglewood   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [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 Osage. 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.

Billy Barty     (Born as William John Bertanzetti)
  Actor. He was born in Millsboro (Pennsylvania) on Saturday October 25, 1924 and died in Glendale (California) on Saturday December 23, 2000 at an age of 76. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Millsboro [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of Osage

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Barty<9>
John Dickson Carr
  Author. He was born in Uniontown (Pennsylvania) on Friday November 30, 1906 and died in Greenville (South Carolina) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 70. He was buried at Springwood Cemetery (Greenville County, South Carolina) [Map].

Uniontown [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast of Osage

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Dickson Carr
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 3 miles [4.8 km] to the east of Osage

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts
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 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest of Osage

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Osage. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6587, Longitude: -80.0076     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Osage have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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<3>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 Osage to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.631 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.535 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.712 degrees.

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<7>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 Osage 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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<8>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 Osage, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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