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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Wheeling [Map], which is the Seat of Ohio County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Potomac to Wheeling, 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 137 miles [220.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 205 miles [329.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,988 miles [9,636.8 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 6,706 miles [10,792.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,581 miles [7,372.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Potomac ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Potomac.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Potomac. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 9 communities in the United States - with 10 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


Vermilion County

Our profile page for Potomac, Vermilion County   [Map]
Distance: About 383 miles [616.4 km] to the West


Linn County

Our profile page for Potomac, Linn County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Linn County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Allegany County

Our profile page for Potomac, Allegany County   [Map]
Distance: About 98 miles [157.7 km] to the East Southeast

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Potomac, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 193 miles [310.6 km] to the East Southeast

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Missoula County

Our profile page for Potomac, Missoula County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,704 miles [2,742.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Nye County

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

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Alexandria City

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

Prince William County

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

Stafford County

Our profile page for Potomac, Stafford County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 208 miles [334.7 km] to the Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Potomac ...

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.

Beech Bottom   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest of Potomac   [Map]
Bethany   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Betty Zane   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Claysville (PA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Clearview   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Coon Island (PA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Eden   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Franklin   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Frogtown (PA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Independence (PA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Mount Echo   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Power   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Short Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Stringer (OH)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Twilight   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Valley Camp   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Valley Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [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 Potomac. 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.

Clark Gable     (William Clark Gable)
  Oscar winning actor. He was born in Cadiz (Ohio) on Friday February 1, 1901 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday November 16, 1960 at an age of 59. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cadiz [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Potomac

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clark Gable<9>
Gary Michael Jeter
  Professional football. He was born in Weirton (West Virginia) on Monday January 24, 1955 and died in Plainsboro (New Jersey) on Wednesday March 9, 2016 at an age of 61.

Weirton [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Potomac

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Michael Jeter
William Holmes McGuffey
  Author, educator. He was born in Claysville (Pennsylvania) on Tueday September 23, 1800 and died in Charlottesville (Virginia) on Sunday May 4, 1873 at an age of 72.

Claysville [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Potomac

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Holmes McGuffey

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Potomac. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.1529, Longitude: -80.5292     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Potomac 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 Potomac 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 309.929 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.949 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.768 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 Potomac, 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 Potomac 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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