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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Harrisville [Map], which is the Seat of Ritchie County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 70 miles [112.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Pike to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take three full days. 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 218 miles [350.8 km] to the East (E). Driving 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 6,049 miles [9,734.9 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 6,765 miles [10,887.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,640 miles [7,467.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Pike ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Pike.

While the name Pike is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 17 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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British Columbia

Our profile page for Pike   [Map]
Distance: About 2,644 miles [4,255.1 km] to the Northwest

California

Sierra County

Our profile page for Pike, Sierra County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,113 miles [3,400.5 km] to the West Northwest

Georgia

Gilmer County

Our profile page for Pike, Gilmer County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 367 miles [590.6 km] to the South Southwest

Montgomery County

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

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Illinois

Pike County

Our profile page for Pike, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 531 miles [854.6 km] to the West

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Indiana

Boone County

Our profile page for Pike, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 292 miles [469.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Wabaunsee County

Our profile page for Pike, Wabaunsee County
This community is historic.
Although located in Wabaunsee County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Maryland

Montgomery County

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

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Missouri

Carter County

Our profile page for Pike, Carter County
This community is historic.
Although located in Carter County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New Hampshire

Grafton County

Our profile page for Pike, Grafton County   [Map]
Distance: About 570 miles [917.3 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Wyoming County

Our profile page for Pike, Wyoming County   [Map]
Distance: About 272 miles [437.7 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Cumberland County

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

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Ohio

Pike County

Our profile page for Pike, 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.

Wayne County

Our profile page for Pike, Wayne County
This community is historic.
Although located in Wayne County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Oklahoma

Love County

Our profile page for Pike, Love County   [Map]
Distance: About 970 miles [1,561.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Oregon

Yamhill County

Our profile page for Pike, Yamhill County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,168 miles [3,489.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Texas

Collin County

Our profile page for Pike, Collin County   [Map]
Distance: About 940 miles [1,512.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Pike ...

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.

Admiral (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East of Pike   [Map]
Cornwallis   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Fern   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Finch   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Highland   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
League   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Lone Valley   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Low Gap   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Maxwell   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pleasants   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [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 Pike. 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 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest of Pike

Find-A-Grave Memorial: August 'Gus' Wagner<9>

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pike. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2834, Longitude: -81.0815     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pike 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 Pike 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 310.301 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.241 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.315 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 Pike, 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 Pike 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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