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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Fayetteville [Map], which is the Seat of Fayette County, lies just to the North.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 37 miles [59.5 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Salem 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 229 miles [368.5 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 6,108 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 6,819 miles [10,974.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,695 miles [7,555.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Salem ...

We have found 122 communities that share the name Salem.

Within West Virginia, there are 2 communities which are also named Salem. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 114 communities in the United States and Canada - with 113 of those located in the United States.

In addition to the above occurrences of Salem, we know of 6 communities located outside of the United States and Canada.

We have broken our list into three sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities located internationally


Other Communities Located In West Virginia

Harrison County

Our profile page for Salem, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 94 miles [151.3 km] to the North Northeast

Preston County

Our profile page for Salem, Preston County   [Map]
Distance: About 144 miles [231.7 km] to the North Northeast


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Dallas County

Our profile page for Salem, Dallas County   [Map]
Distance: About 521 miles [838.5 km] to the Southwest

Fayette County

Our profile page for Salem, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 464 miles [746.7 km] to the Southwest

Lee County

Our profile page for Salem, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 438 miles [704.9 km] to the Southwest

Limestone County

Our profile page for Salem, Limestone County   [Map]
Distance: About 394 miles [634.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Arkansas

Faulkner County

Our profile page for Salem, Faulkner County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 662 miles [1,065.4 km] to the West Southwest

Fulton County

Our profile page for Salem, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 599 miles [964 km] to the West

Ouachita County

Our profile page for Salem, Ouachita County   [Map]
Distance: About 710 miles [1,142.6 km] to the West Southwest

Pike County

Our profile page for Salem, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 741 miles [1,192.5 km] to the West Southwest

Saline County

Our profile page for Salem, Saline County   [Map]
Distance: About 677 miles [1,089.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Connecticut

New London County

Our profile page for Salem, New London County   [Map]
Distance: About 527 miles [848.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Florida

Taylor County

Our profile page for Salem, Taylor County   [Map]
Distance: About 574 miles [923.8 km] to the South Southwest

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Georgia

Catoosa County

Our profile page for Salem, Catoosa County   [Map]
Distance: About 302 miles [486 km] to the Southwest

Douglas County

Our profile page for Salem, Douglas County   [Map]
Distance: About 356 miles [572.9 km] to the Southwest

Fannin County

Our profile page for Salem, Fannin County   [Map]
Distance: About 271 miles [436.1 km] to the Southwest

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Salem, Lincoln County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 305 miles [490.8 km] to the South Southwest

Oconee County

Our profile page for Salem, Oconee County   [Map]
Distance: About 320 miles [515 km] to the South Southwest

Richmond County

Our profile page for Salem, Richmond County   [Map]
Distance: About 321 miles [516.6 km] to the South

Upson County

Our profile page for Salem, Upson County   [Map]
Distance: About 400 miles [643.7 km] to the South Southwest

Walker County

Our profile page for Salem, Walker County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 320 miles [515 km] to the Southwest

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Idaho

Madison County

Our profile page for Salem, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,639 miles [2,637.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Marion County

Our profile page for Salem, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 427 miles [687.2 km] to the West

Stephenson County

Our profile page for Salem, Stephenson County   [Map]
Distance: About 546 miles [878.7 km] to the Northwest

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Indiana

Adams County

Our profile page for Salem, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 274 miles [441 km] to the Northwest

Jay County

Our profile page for Salem, Jay County   [Map]
Distance: About 255 miles [410.4 km] to the Northwest

Union County

Our profile page for Salem, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 231 miles [371.8 km] to the West Northwest

Washington County

Our profile page for Salem, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 273 miles [439.4 km] to the West

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Iowa

Henry County

Our profile page for Salem, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 593 miles [954.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Crawford County

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

Douglas County

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

Jewell County

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

Leavenworth County

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

Rawlins County

Our profile page for Salem, Rawlins County   [Map]
Distance: About 940 miles [1,512.8 km] to the West Northwest

Reno County

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

Smith County

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

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Kentucky

Livingston County

Our profile page for Salem, Livingston County   [Map]
Distance: About 392 miles [630.9 km] to the West

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Salem, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 145 miles [233.4 km] to the West

Morgan County

Our profile page for Salem, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 121 miles [194.7 km] to the West

Russell County

Our profile page for Salem, Russell County   [Map]
Distance: About 221 miles [355.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Maine

Franklin County

Our profile page for Salem, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 735 miles [1,182.9 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Dorchester County

Our profile page for Salem, Dorchester County   [Map]
Distance: About 284 miles [457.1 km] to the East

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Massachusetts

Essex County

Our profile page for Salem, Essex County   [Map]
Distance: About 621 miles [999.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Macomb County

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

Washtenaw County

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Distance: About 331 miles [532.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Mississippi

Benton County

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

Chickasaw County

Our profile page for Salem, Chickasaw County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 517 miles [832 km] to the West Southwest

Covington County

Our profile page for Salem, Covington County   [Map]
Distance: About 645 miles [1,038 km] to the Southwest

Hinds County

Our profile page for Salem, Hinds County   [Map]
Distance: About 666 miles [1,071.8 km] to the Southwest

Leake County

Our profile page for Salem, Leake County   [Map]
Distance: About 594 miles [956 km] to the Southwest

Walthall County

Our profile page for Salem, Walthall County   [Map]
Distance: About 691 miles [1,112.1 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Caldwell County

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

Daviess County

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

Dent County

Our profile page for Salem, Dent County   [Map]
Distance: About 568 miles [914.1 km] to the West

Lewis County

Our profile page for Salem, Lewis County   [Map]
Distance: About 595 miles [957.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Montana

Cascade County

Our profile page for Salem, Cascade County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,640 miles [2,639.3 km] to the Northwest

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Nebraska

Richardson County

Our profile page for Salem, Richardson County   [Map]
Distance: About 795 miles [1,279.4 km] to the West Northwest

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New Brunswick

Our profile page for Salem
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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New Hampshire

Rockingham County

Our profile page for Salem, Rockingham County   [Map]
Distance: About 617 miles [993 km] to the Northeast

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New Jersey

Salem County

Our profile page for Salem, Salem County   [Map]
Distance: About 322 miles [518.2 km] to the East Northeast

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New Mexico

Dona Ana County

Our profile page for Salem, Dona Ana County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,508 miles [2,426.9 km] to the West

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New York

Washington County

Our profile page for Salem, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 542 miles [872.3 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Burke County

Our profile page for Salem, Burke County   [Map]
Distance: About 161 miles [259.1 km] to the South Southwest

Forsyth County

Our profile page for Salem, Forsyth County   [Map]
Distance: About 140 miles [225.3 km] to the South Southeast

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Salem, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 176 miles [283.2 km] to the South

Nash County

Our profile page for Salem, Nash County   [Map]
Distance: About 221 miles [355.7 km] to the Southeast

Pasquotank County

Our profile page for Salem, Pasquotank County   [Map]
Distance: About 301 miles [484.4 km] to the East Southeast

Randolph County

Our profile page for Salem, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 165 miles [265.5 km] to the South Southeast

Rockingham County

Our profile page for Salem, Rockingham County   [Map]
Distance: About 135 miles [217.3 km] to the Southeast

Surry County

Our profile page for Salem, Surry County   [Map]
Distance: About 104 miles [167.4 km] to the South Southeast

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Nova Scotia

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Distance: About 1,022 miles [1,644.7 km] to the Northeast

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Ohio

Brown County

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

Columbiana County

Our profile page for Salem, Columbiana County   [Map]
Distance: About 201 miles [323.5 km] to the North

Hamilton County

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

Marion County

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

Perry County

Our profile page for Salem, Perry County   [Map]
Distance: About 134 miles [215.7 km] to the North Northwest

Tuscarawas County

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

Warren County

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

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Oklahoma

Adair County

Our profile page for Salem, Adair County   [Map]
Distance: About 758 miles [1,219.9 km] to the West

Okmulgee County

Our profile page for Salem, Okmulgee County   [Map]
Distance: About 838 miles [1,348.6 km] to the West

Washita County

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

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Ontario

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Distance: About 418 miles [672.7 km] to the North

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Oregon

Marion County

Our profile page for Salem, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,195 miles [3,532.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

Our profile page for Salem, Clearfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the North Northeast

Franklin County

Our profile page for Salem, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 231 miles [371.8 km] to the Northeast

Mercer County

Our profile page for Salem, Mercer County   [Map]
Distance: About 241 miles [387.9 km] to the North

Snyder County

Our profile page for Salem, Snyder County   [Map]
Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Anderson County

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

Florence County

Our profile page for Salem, Florence County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the South Southeast

Marlboro County

Our profile page for Salem, Marlboro County   [Map]
Distance: About 251 miles [403.9 km] to the South Southeast

Oconee County

Our profile page for Salem, Oconee County   [Map]
Distance: About 237 miles [381.4 km] to the South Southwest

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South Dakota

McCook County

Our profile page for Salem, McCook County   [Map]
Distance: About 935 miles [1,504.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Cocke County

Our profile page for Salem, Cocke County   [Map]
Distance: About 172 miles [276.8 km] to the Southwest

Henry County

Our profile page for Salem, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 424 miles [682.4 km] to the West Southwest

Lewis County

Our profile page for Salem, Lewis County   [Map]
Distance: About 387 miles [622.8 km] to the West Southwest

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Salem, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 357 miles [574.5 km] to the West Southwest

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Salem, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 332 miles [534.3 km] to the West Southwest

Tipton County

Our profile page for Salem, Tipton County   [Map]
Distance: About 508 miles [817.5 km] to the West Southwest

Weakley County

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

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Texas

Bastrop County

Our profile page for Salem, Bastrop County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,083 miles [1,742.9 km] to the West Southwest

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Salem, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 901 miles [1,450 km] to the West Southwest

Grimes County

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

Milam County

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Distance: About 1,030 miles [1,657.6 km] to the West Southwest

Newton County

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

Smith County

Our profile page for Salem, Smith County   [Map]
Distance: About 881 miles [1,417.8 km] to the West Southwest

Victoria County

Our profile page for Salem, Victoria County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,099 miles [1,768.7 km] to the West Southwest

Wood County

Our profile page for Salem, Wood County   [Map]
Distance: About 889 miles [1,430.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Utah County

Our profile page for Salem, Utah County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,637 miles [2,634.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Culpeper County

Our profile page for Salem, Culpeper County   [Map]
Distance: About 168 miles [270.4 km] to the East Northeast

Page County

Our profile page for Salem, Page County   [Map]
Distance: About 146 miles [235 km] to the East Northeast

Roanoke County

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

Salem City

Our profile page for Salem, Salem City   [Map]
Distance: About 75 miles [120.7 km] to the Southeast

Virginia Beach City

Our profile page for Salem, Virginia Beach City   [Map]
Distance: About 286 miles [460.3 km] to the East Southeast

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Wisconsin

Kenosha County

Our profile page for Salem, Kenosha County   [Map]
Distance: About 484 miles [778.9 km] to the Northwest

Pierce County

Our profile page for Salem, Pierce County   [Map]
Distance: About 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the Northwest

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Wyoming

Laramie County

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

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Communities Located Internationally

Just a reminder: Our measurements are based on the Great Circle Route. See footnote <3>


Germany   [Map]

Distance: About 4,359 miles [7,015.1 km] to the Northeast

Wales   [Map]

Distance: About 3,703 miles [5,959.4 km] to the Northeast

Indonesia   [Map]

Distance: About 10,213 miles [16,436.2 km] to the North Northwest

Jamaica   [Map]

Distance: About 1,367 miles [2,200 km] to the South

Montserrat   [Map]

Distance: About 1,860 miles [2,993.4 km] to the Southeast

South Africa   [Map]

Distance: About 8,462 miles [13,618.3 km] to the East Southeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Salem ...

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.

Bowlin   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest of Salem   [Map]
Glen Jean   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Greenstown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Harvey   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hilltop   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lick Fork   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Meadow Fork   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Prudence   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Red Ash (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Redstar   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rocklick   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Rosedale   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Rush Run (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Scarbro   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Salem. 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 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Salem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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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' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Salem. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Salem) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Salem. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9893, Longitude: -81.1154     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Salem 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 Salem 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 310.356 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.111 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.758 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 Salem, 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 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 Salem 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Salem.