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Pigeon, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Spencer [Map], which is the Seat of Roane County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Pigeon to Spencer, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 26 miles [41.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 226 miles [363.7 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 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,087 miles [9,796.1 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 6,801 miles [10,945.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,677 miles [7,526.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Pigeon ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Pigeon.

While the name Pigeon is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Pigeon, Jefferson County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 408 miles [656.6 km] to the West.


Spencer County

Our profile page for Pigeon, Spencer County   [Map]

Distance: About 318 miles [511.8 km] to the West.


Pottawattamie County

Our profile page for Pigeon, Pottawattamie County   [Map]

Distance: About 795 miles [1,279.4 km] to the West Northwest.


Pike County

Our profile page for Pigeon, Pike County   [Map]

Distance: About 105 miles [169 km] to the Southwest.


Iberville Parish

Our profile page for Pigeon, Iberville Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 819 miles [1,318.1 km] to the Southwest.


Huron County

Our profile page for Pigeon, Huron County   [Map]

Distance: About 380 miles [611.6 km] to the North Northwest.

Ottawa County

Our profile page for Pigeon, Ottawa County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

Although located in Ottawa County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Forest County

Our profile page for Pigeon, Forest County   [Map]

Distance: About 236 miles [379.8 km] to the North Northeast.


Box Elder County

Our profile page for Pigeon, Box Elder County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,726 miles [2,777.7 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Pigeon ...

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.

Clay   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast of Pigeon   [Map]

Clay Junction   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Cotton   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Dink   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Harley   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hartland   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Heatherman (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Ivydale   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Kelly Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Kidtown   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

King   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Little Italy   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Morocco (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Pad (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Queen Shoals   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Reamer   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Spread   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Two Run   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Whetstone   -   8 miles [12.9 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 Pigeon. 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.

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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Pigeon

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Pigeon. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Pigeon

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pigeon. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5372, Longitude: -81.2093     [Map].

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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 Pigeon 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 310.40 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.243 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.62 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 Pigeon, 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 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 Pigeon 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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