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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Welch [Map], which is the Seat of McDowell County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Paynesville to Welch, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 71 miles [114.3 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take 4 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 285 miles [458.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,170 miles [9,929.7 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 6,880 miles [11,072.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,756 miles [7,654 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Paynesville ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Paynesville.

While the name Paynesville is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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California

Alpine County

Our profile page for Paynesville, Alpine County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,047 miles [3,294.3 km] to the West Northwest

Indiana

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Paynesville, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 215 miles [346 km] to the West Northwest

Michigan

Ontonagon County

Our profile page for Paynesville, Ontonagon County   [Map]
Distance: About 734 miles [1,181.3 km] to the North Northwest

Minnesota

Stearns County

Our profile page for Paynesville, Stearns County   [Map]
Distance: About 864 miles [1,390.5 km] to the Northwest

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Missouri

Pike County

Our profile page for Paynesville, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 505 miles [812.7 km] to the West Northwest

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New York

Allegany County

Our profile page for Paynesville, Allegany County   [Map]
Distance: About 388 miles [624.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Wisconsin

Milwaukee County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Paynesville ...

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.

Beartown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast of Paynesville   [Map]
Dan   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Dwight (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Height   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jewell Valley (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Peapatch   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Rockridge   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Slate (VA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Stacy (VA)   -   5 miles [8 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 Paynesville. 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.

Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northeast of Paynesville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Paynesville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3315, Longitude: -81.8915     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Paynesville 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 Paynesville 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 310.832 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.558 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.294 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 Paynesville 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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