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(Mercer County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Piedmont to Princeton, with an average speed<2> 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 65 miles [104.6 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 250 miles [402.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving 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 6,138 miles [9,878.2 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 6,848 miles [11,020.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,724 miles [7,602.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Piedmont ...

We have found 35 communities that share the name Piedmont.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Piedmont. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 34 communities in the United States and Canada - with 33 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Calhoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 344 miles [553.6 km] to the Southwest

Madison County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 352 miles [566.5 km] to the West Southwest

Arizona

Yavapai County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Yavapai County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,774 miles [2,855 km] to the West

Arkansas

Pulaski County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Pulaski County   [Map]
Distance: About 647 miles [1,041.2 km] to the West Southwest

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California

Alameda County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Alameda County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,221 miles [3,574.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Colorado

Las Animas County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Las Animas County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,276 miles [2,053.5 km] to the West

Ouray County

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

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Florida

Orange County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 608 miles [978.5 km] to the South

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Georgia

Jasper County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Jasper County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the South Southwest

Lamar County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Lamar County   [Map]
Distance: About 349 miles [561.7 km] to the South Southwest

Pike County

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

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Kansas

Greenwood County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Greenwood County   [Map]
Distance: About 826 miles [1,329.3 km] to the West

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Kentucky

Harlan County

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

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Minnesota

Winona County

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

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Missouri

Wayne County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 518 miles [833.6 km] to the West

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Montana

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,682 miles [2,706.9 km] to the West Northwest

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North Carolina

Stokes County

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

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Piedmont   [Map]
Distance: About 1,124 miles [1,808.9 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Harrison County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 189 miles [304.2 km] to the North

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Oklahoma

Canadian County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Canadian County   [Map]
Distance: About 921 miles [1,482.2 km] to the West

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Oregon

Multnomah County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Multnomah County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,186 miles [3,518 km] to the West Northwest

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Quebec

Our profile page for Piedmont   [Map]
Distance: About 687 miles [1,105.6 km] to the North Northeast

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South Carolina

Anderson County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Anderson County   [Map]
Distance: About 201 miles [323.5 km] to the South Southwest

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South Dakota

Meade County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Meade County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,242 miles [1,998.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Grundy County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Grundy County   [Map]
Distance: About 296 miles [476.4 km] to the West Southwest

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 159 miles [255.9 km] to the Southwest

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Texas

Grimes County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Grimes County   [Map]
Distance: About 972 miles [1,564.3 km] to the West Southwest

Upshur County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Upshur County   [Map]
Distance: About 838 miles [1,348.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Augusta County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Augusta County   [Map]
Distance: About 139 miles [223.7 km] to the East Northeast

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 50 miles [80.5 km] to the East Southeast

Nelson County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Nelson County   [Map]
Distance: About 128 miles [206 km] to the East

Rappahannock County

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

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Washington

Clallam County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Clallam County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,244 miles [3,611.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Wyoming

Uinta County

Our profile page for Piedmont, Uinta County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,581 miles [2,544.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Piedmont ...

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.

Basin   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North of Piedmont   [Map]
Cherokee   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Coaldale   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Crumpler   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Flipping   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Goodwill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Hiawatha   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Kale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Rock   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Smokeless   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Spanishburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Widemouth (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Worth   -   7 miles [11.3 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 Piedmont. 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 16 miles [25.7 km] to the north of Piedmont

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>
 
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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the west of Piedmont

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Piedmont. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4507, Longitude: -81.2637     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Piedmont 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 Piedmont 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 310.454 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.144 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.993 degrees.

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<7>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 Piedmont, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Piedmont 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: findagrave.com.

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