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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Fayetteville [Map], which is the Seat of Fayette County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 27 miles [43.5 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Robson to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 233 miles [375 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 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 6,108 miles [9,829.9 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 6,820 miles [10,975.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,696 miles [7,557.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Robson ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Robson.

While the name Robson is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

British Columbia

Our profile page for Robson   [Map]
Distance: About 1,954 miles [3,144.7 km] to the Northwest


Caddo Parish

Our profile page for Robson, Caddo Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 802 miles [1,290.7 km] to the West Southwest


Our profile page for Robson   [Map]
Distance: About 708 miles [1,139.4 km] to the Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Robson ...

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.

Alloy   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest of Robson   [Map]
Boomer   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Carbondale   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Chimney Corner   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Cotton Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Crescent   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Deep Water   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Eagle   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Elkridge   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Falls View   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Glen Ferris   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hawks Nest   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Lick Fork   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Longacre   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Page   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Robson. 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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Robson

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<7>
Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northwest of Robson

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Robson. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Robson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Robson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1018, Longitude: -81.2437     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Robson 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 Robson 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 310.431 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.213 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.777 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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