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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Summersville [Map], which is the Seat of Nicholas County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 36 miles [57.9 km] to the West (W). If you could walk a straight line from Poe to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 216 miles [347.6 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 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 6,090 miles [9,800.9 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 6,802 miles [10,946.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,678 miles [7,528.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Poe ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Poe.

While the name Poe is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alberta

Our profile page for Poe   [Map]
Distance: About 1,809 miles [2,911.3 km] to the Northwest

Arkansas

Grant County

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

Van Buren County

Our profile page for Poe, Van Buren County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 648 miles [1,042.9 km] to the West Southwest

California

Butte County

Our profile page for Poe, Butte County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,157 miles [3,471.4 km] to the West Northwest

San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Poe, San Bernardino County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,974 miles [3,176.8 km] to the West

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Illinois

Monroe County

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

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Indiana

Allen County

Our profile page for Poe, Allen County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the Northwest

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Kansas

Logan County

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

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New Mexico

Chaves County

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

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Ohio

Medina County

Our profile page for Poe, Medina County   [Map]
Distance: About 201 miles [323.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Oklahoma

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

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Pennsylvania

Beaver County

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

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South Carolina

Greenville County

Our profile page for Poe, Greenville County
Although located in Greenville County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Texas

Nacogdoches County

Our profile page for Poe, Nacogdoches County   [Map]
Distance: About 902 miles [1,451.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Prince George County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Poe ...

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.

Burl   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast of Poe   [Map]
Elliot (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Harriet   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Jenky   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Lucas   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lyonsville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Mount Lookout   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Peters Junction   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sparks (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Summersville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Woods Ferry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Nicholas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Poe. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2521, Longitude: -80.9659     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Poe 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 Poe 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 310.26 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.041 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.609 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Poe 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>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 Poe, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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