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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 73 miles [117.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Princeton 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 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 244 miles [392.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,135 miles [9,873.3 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 6,844 miles [11,014.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,720 miles [7,596.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Princeton ...

We have found 43 communities that share the name Princeton.

While the name Princeton is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 43 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Jackson County

Our profile page for Princeton, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 335 miles [539.1 km] to the West Southwest

Arkansas

Crittenden County

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

Dallas County

Our profile page for Princeton, Dallas County   [Map]
Distance: About 687 miles [1,105.6 km] to the West Southwest

British Columbia

Our profile page for Princeton   [Map]
Distance: About 2,115 miles [3,403.8 km] to the Northwest

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California

Colusa County

Our profile page for Princeton, Colusa County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,199 miles [3,538.9 km] to the West Northwest

Glenn County

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

San Mateo County

Our profile page for Princeton, San Mateo County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,250 miles [3,621 km] to the West Northwest

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Colorado

Chaffee County

Our profile page for Princeton, Chaffee County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,363 miles [2,193.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Florida

Miami-Dade County

Our profile page for Princeton, Miami-Dade County   [Map]
Distance: About 818 miles [1,316.4 km] to the South

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Georgia

Clarke County

Our profile page for Princeton, Clarke County   [Map]
Distance: About 270 miles [434.5 km] to the South Southwest

Rockdale County

Our profile page for Princeton, Rockdale County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the Southwest

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Idaho

Latah County

Our profile page for Princeton, Latah County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,925 miles [3,098 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Bureau County

Our profile page for Princeton, Bureau County   [Map]
Distance: About 525 miles [844.9 km] to the Northwest

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Indiana

Gibson County

Our profile page for Princeton, Gibson County   [Map]
Distance: About 359 miles [577.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Iowa

Scott County

Our profile page for Princeton, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 575 miles [925.4 km] to the Northwest

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Kansas

Franklin County

Our profile page for Princeton, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 775 miles [1,247.2 km] to the West

Johnson County

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

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Kentucky

Caldwell County

Our profile page for Princeton, Caldwell County   [Map]
Distance: About 373 miles [600.3 km] to the West

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Louisiana

Bossier Parish

Our profile page for Princeton, Bossier Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 775 miles [1,247.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Maine

Washington County

Our profile page for Princeton, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 884 miles [1,422.7 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Prince George's County

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

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Massachusetts

Worcester County

Our profile page for Princeton, Worcester County   [Map]
Distance: About 600 miles [965.6 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Marquette County

Our profile page for Princeton, Marquette County   [Map]
Distance: About 697 miles [1,121.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Minnesota

Mille Lacs County

Our profile page for Princeton, Mille Lacs County   [Map]
Distance: About 857 miles [1,379.2 km] to the Northwest

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Mississippi

Washington County

Our profile page for Princeton, Washington County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 638 miles [1,026.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Mercer County

Our profile page for Princeton, Mercer County   [Map]
Distance: About 702 miles [1,129.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Montana

Granite County

Our profile page for Princeton, Granite County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,748 miles [2,813.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Princeton, Lancaster County   [Map]
Distance: About 865 miles [1,392.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Nevada

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Princeton, Lincoln County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,816 miles [2,922.6 km] to the West Northwest

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New Jersey

Mercer County

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

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Our profile page for Princeton   [Map]
Distance: About 1,574 miles [2,533.1 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Johnston County

Our profile page for Princeton, Johnston County   [Map]
Distance: About 209 miles [336.4 km] to the Southeast

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Ohio

Butler County

Our profile page for Princeton, Butler County   [Map]
Distance: About 229 miles [368.5 km] to the Northwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Princeton   [Map]
Distance: About 401 miles [645.3 km] to the North

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Oregon

Harney County

Our profile page for Princeton, Harney County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,997 miles [3,213.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Princeton, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the North

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South Carolina

Horry County

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

Laurens County

Our profile page for Princeton, Laurens County   [Map]
Distance: About 209 miles [336.4 km] to the South Southwest

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Tennessee

Washington County

Our profile page for Princeton, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 99 miles [159.3 km] to the Southwest

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Texas

Collin County

Our profile page for Princeton, Collin County   [Map]
Distance: About 914 miles [1,470.9 km] to the West Southwest

Newton County

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

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Virginia

Carroll County

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

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Wisconsin

Green Lake County

Our profile page for Princeton, Green Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 614 miles [988.1 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Princeton ...

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.

Billie (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South of Princeton   [Map]
Blake (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Edison   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Green Valley   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hardy   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hatcher   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Kale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Lilly Grove   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Maple View   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Oak Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Rock   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Spanishburg   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [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 Princeton. 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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Princeton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>
 
Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Princeton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Princeton. 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 beginning in Princeton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Princeton) 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 Princeton. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Princeton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Princeton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3689, Longitude: -81.0961     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Princeton 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 Princeton 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 310.355 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.019 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.949 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 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 Princeton 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 Princeton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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