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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Pettyville to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Pettyville to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Parkersburg [Map], which is the Seat of Wood County, lies just to the North.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 59 miles [95 km] to the South (S). If you could walk a straight line from Pettyville to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 242 miles [389.5 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 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,071 miles [9,770.3 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 6,788 miles [10,924.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,663 miles [7,504.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Pettyville ...

While the name Pettyville is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Mississippi County

Our profile page for Pettyville, Mississippi County   [Map]
Distance: About 523 miles [841.7 km] to the West Southwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Pettyville ...

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.

Cedar Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast of Pettyville   [Map]
Cool Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Creels   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Fountain Spring   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Larkmead   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lucky (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Mineral Wells   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Murphytown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Pleasant Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pleasant View   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Red Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rockland (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Scenic Hills   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sunrise   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sunset Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Woodland Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [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 Pettyville. 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.

August 'Gus' Wagner
  Tatto artist, wood carver, painter. He was born in Marietta (Ohio) on Sunday June 16, 1872 and died on Tueday June 10, 1941 at an age of 69. He was buried at Homestead Cemetery (Chase County, Kansas) [Map].

Marietta [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Pettyville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: August 'Gus' Wagner<7>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pettyville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2120, Longitude: -81.5432     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pettyville 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 Pettyville 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 310.587 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.556 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.543 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:

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