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Pluto, West Virginia

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The location of Pluto

Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Pluto to ...

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

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

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Pluto to Beckley, 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 56 miles [90.1 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 229 miles [368.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,115 miles [9,841.1 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 6,825 miles [10,983.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,701 miles [7,565.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Pluto ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Pluto.

While the name Pluto is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Holmes County

Our profile page for Pluto, Holmes County   [Map]

Distance: About 618 miles [994.6 km] to the West Southwest.


Ellis County

Our profile page for Pluto, Ellis County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Pluto ...

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.

Bragg   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Pluto   [Map]

Cherry Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Cool Ridge   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Crow   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Jumping Branch   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Meadow Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Packs Ferry   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Pear (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Sandstone   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Shady Spring   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Streeter   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Suck Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [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 Pluto. 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 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Pluto

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pluto. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7104, Longitude: -80.9923     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pluto 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 Pluto 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 310.287 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.992 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.796 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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