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Pierpont, West Virginia
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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Pineville [Map], which is the Seat of Wyoming County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 51 miles [82.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Pierpont 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 most of two 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 6,136 miles [9,874.9 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 6,846 miles [11,017.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,722 miles [7,599.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Pierpont ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Pierpont.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Pierpont. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 5 communities in the United States - with 6 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


Boone County

Our profile page for Pierpont, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 598 miles [962.4 km] to the West Northwest


Ashtabula County

Our profile page for Pierpont, Ashtabula County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the North

South Carolina

Charleston County

Our profile page for Pierpont, Charleston County   [Map]
Distance: About 339 miles [545.6 km] to the South Southeast

South Dakota

Day County

Our profile page for Pierpont, Day County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,005 miles [1,617.4 km] to the Northwest

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Roanoke County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Pierpont ...

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.

Amigo   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast of Pierpont   [Map]
Blackeagle   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Bud   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Helen   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Itmann   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Joe Branch   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Keyrock   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Newfound   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Polk Gap   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ravencliff   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Slab Fork   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Stonecoal Junction   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Pierpont. 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 5 miles [8 km] to the northeast of Pierpont

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>
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 southwest of Pierpont

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pierpont. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6282, Longitude: -81.3912     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pierpont 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 Pierpont 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 310.528 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.255 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.991 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 Pierpont 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:

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