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(Morgan County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Berkeley Springs [Map], which is the Seat of Morgan County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Paw Paw to Berkeley Springs, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 189 miles [304.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 87 miles [140 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,930 miles [9,543.4 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 6,641 miles [10,687.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,517 miles [7,269.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Paw Paw ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Paw Paw.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Paw Paw. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 6 communities in the United States - with 7 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Illinois

Lee County

Our profile page for Paw Paw, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 571 miles [918.9 km] to the West Northwest

Kansas

Elk County

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

Kentucky

Pike County

Our profile page for Paw Paw, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 244 miles [392.7 km] to the Southwest

Michigan

Van Buren County

Our profile page for Paw Paw, Van Buren County   [Map]
Distance: About 430 miles [692 km] to the West Northwest

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Missouri

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Paw Paw, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 776 miles [1,248.9 km] to the West

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Oklahoma

Sequoyah County

Our profile page for Paw Paw, Sequoyah County   [Map]
Distance: About 925 miles [1,488.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Paw Paw ...

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.

Doe Gully   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast of Paw Paw   [Map]
Fairplay (MD)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Green Ridge   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Jerome   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Levels   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Little Cacapon   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Little Orleans (MD)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Magnolia   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Neals Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Orleans Cross Roads   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [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 Paw Paw. 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.

Belle Boyd
  Civil war Confederate spy. She was born in Martinsburg (West Virginia) on Thursday May 9, 1844 and died in Wisconsin Dells (Wisconsin) on Monday June 11, 1900 at an age of 56. She was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery (Columbia County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Martinsburg [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the east of Paw Paw

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Belle Boyd<8>

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Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Paw Paw. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Paw Paw. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Paw Paw) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Paw Paw. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5314, Longitude: -78.4553     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Paw Paw 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 Paw Paw 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 308.697 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.453 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.079 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 Paw Paw 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>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.

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