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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 133 miles [214 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Saint Joe to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 144 miles [231.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,980 miles [9,623.9 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 6,694 miles [10,772.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,569 miles [7,353.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Saint Joe ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Saint Joe.

While the name Saint Joe is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Searcy County

Our profile page for Saint Joe, Searcy County   [Map]
Distance: About 757 miles [1,218.3 km] to the West Southwest


Benewah County

Our profile page for Saint Joe, Benewah County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,900 miles [3,057.8 km] to the West Northwest

Kootenai County

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


Monroe County

Our profile page for Saint Joe, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 571 miles [918.9 km] to the West

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DeKalb County

Our profile page for Saint Joe, DeKalb County   [Map]
Distance: About 304 miles [489.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Reno County

Our profile page for Saint Joe, Reno County   [Map]
Distance: About 982 miles [1,580.4 km] to the West

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Saint Tammany Parish

Our profile page for Saint Joe, Saint Tammany Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 851 miles [1,369.6 km] to the Southwest

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Ramsey County

Our profile page for Saint Joe, Ramsey County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,138 miles [1,831.4 km] to the Northwest

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Belmont County

Our profile page for Saint Joe, Belmont County   [Map]
Distance: About 72 miles [115.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Butler County

Our profile page for Saint Joe, Butler County   [Map]
Distance: About 98 miles [157.7 km] to the North

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South Carolina

Laurens County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Saint Joe ...

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.

Camp Ground   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest of Saint Joe   [Map]
Cranesville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Heathers Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Herring   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Kanes Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Kingwood   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lake Ford (MD)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Mountain View   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Salt Lick   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Sugar Valley   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Valley Point   -   6 miles [9.7 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 Saint Joe. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest of Saint Joe

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<8>
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Saint Joe

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the south of Saint Joe

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

Other Roadside Stops ...

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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 'point-to-point' distance from Saint Joe. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Saint Joe) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saint Joe. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4887, Longitude: -79.6323     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saint Joe 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 Saint Joe 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 309.41 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.258 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.607 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 Saint Joe 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>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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