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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies 24 miles [38.6 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Pettus to Beckley, 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 most of a day.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 27 miles [43.5 km] to the North (N). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 251 miles [403.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,127 miles [9,860.5 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 6,839 miles [11,006.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,715 miles [7,588.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Pettus ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Pettus.

While the name Pettus is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Arkansas

Lonoke County

Our profile page for Pettus, Lonoke County   [Map]
Distance: About 619 miles [996.2 km] to the West Southwest

Texas

Bee County

Our profile page for Pettus, Bee County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,136 miles [1,828.2 km] to the West Southwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Pettus ...

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.

Acme   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast of Pettus   [Map]
Bald Knob   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Dorothy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Dry Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Elk Run Junction   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Janie   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Keith   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Leevale   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Milltown   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Packsville   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Sundial   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Twilight   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
United   -   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 Pettus. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Pettus

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<7>
 
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 north of Pettus

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pettus. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9565, Longitude: -81.5376     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pettus 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 Pettus 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 310.611 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.398 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.949 degrees.

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<7>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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