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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Pettit 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 Pettit 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 Pettit once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Pettit to:

  • Elkins [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Pettit to Elkins, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 112 miles [180.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 144 miles [231.7 km] to the East (E). 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 6,004 miles [9,662.5 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 6,716 miles [10,808.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,592 miles [7,390.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Pettit ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Pettit.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Tippecanoe County

Our profile page for Pettit, Tippecanoe County   [Map]
Distance: About 383 miles [616.4 km] to the West Northwest


Daviess County

Our profile page for Pettit, Daviess County   [Map]
Distance: About 411 miles [661.4 km] to the West


Saint Louis County

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


Washington County

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

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Cherokee County

Our profile page for Pettit, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 864 miles [1,390.5 km] to the West

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Comanche County

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

Hockley County

Our profile page for Pettit, Hockley County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,316 miles [2,117.9 km] to the West

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Pettit ...

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.

Clover Run (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Pettit   [Map]
Elk   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Evenwood   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Harpertown   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Holly Meadows   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Leadsville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lime Rock (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lumber (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Meadows   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Mill Run (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Parsons   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Perlytown (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Pleasant Run   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Pleasure Valley   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Read   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [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 Pettit. 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.

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Pettit

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<9>

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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 Pettit, 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 'point-to-point' distance starting in Pettit. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Pettit) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pettit. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0209, Longitude: -79.7181     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pettit 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 Pettit 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 309.482 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.269 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.811 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Pettit 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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