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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Clay [Map], which is the Seat of Clay County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 27 miles [43.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could walk a straight line from Paxton to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 224 miles [360.5 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,087 miles [9,796.1 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 6,801 miles [10,945.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,676 miles [7,525.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Paxton ...

We have found 19 communities that share the name Paxton.

While the name Paxton is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 19 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Plumas County

Our profile page for Paxton, Plumas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,113 miles [3,400.5 km] to the West Northwest


Walton County

Our profile page for Paxton, Walton County   [Map]
Distance: About 595 miles [957.6 km] to the South Southwest


Charlton County

Our profile page for Paxton, Charlton County   [Map]
Distance: About 530 miles [853 km] to the South

Liberty County

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

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Ford County

Our profile page for Paxton, Ford County   [Map]
Distance: About 393 miles [632.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Sullivan County

Our profile page for Paxton, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 336 miles [540.7 km] to the West

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Harvey County

Our profile page for Paxton, Harvey County   [Map]
Distance: About 889 miles [1,430.7 km] to the West

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Breathitt County

Our profile page for Paxton, Breathitt County   [Map]
Distance: About 134 miles [215.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Worcester County

Our profile page for Paxton, Worcester County   [Map]
Distance: About 552 miles [888.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Alpena County

Our profile page for Paxton, Alpena County   [Map]
Distance: About 469 miles [754.8 km] to the North Northwest

Genesee County

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

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Dawson County

Our profile page for Paxton, Dawson County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,364 miles [2,195.1 km] to the Northwest

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Keith County

Our profile page for Paxton, Keith County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,083 miles [1,742.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Summit County

Our profile page for Paxton, Summit County   [Map]
Distance: About 181 miles [291.3 km] to the North

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Paxton, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,083 miles [3,352.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Dauphin County

Our profile page for Paxton, Dauphin County   [Map]
Distance: About 267 miles [429.7 km] to the Northeast

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Gregory County

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

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Shelby County

Our profile page for Paxton, Shelby County   [Map]
Distance: About 859 miles [1,382.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Adams County

Our profile page for Paxton, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,937 miles [3,117.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Paxton ...

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.

Clay   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast of Paxton   [Map]
Clay Junction   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Dink   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hartland   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Heatherman (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Ivydale   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
King   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Little Italy   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Morocco (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pigeon   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Queen Shoals   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Spread   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Two Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Whetstone   -   6 miles [9.7 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 Paxton. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Paxton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Paxton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4982, Longitude: -81.1679     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Paxton 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 Paxton 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 310.376 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.21 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.615 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 Paxton 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 Paxton, 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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