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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Salem 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 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:

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Salem to Kingwood, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 144 miles [231.7 km] to the Southwest (SW). 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 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 146 miles [235 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 5,969 miles [9,606.2 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 6,683 miles [10,755.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,558 miles [7,335.4 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

Fayette County

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Distance: About 144 miles [231.7 km] to the Southwest

Harrison County

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Distance: About 60 miles [96.6 km] to the West Southwest


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Dallas County

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Distance: About 664 miles [1,068.6 km] to the Southwest

Fayette County

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Distance: About 604 miles [972 km] to the Southwest

Lee County

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Distance: About 583 miles [938.2 km] to the Southwest

Limestone County

Our profile page for Salem, Limestone County   [Map]
Distance: About 528 miles [849.7 km] to the Southwest

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Arkansas

Faulkner County

Our profile page for Salem, Faulkner County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 777 miles [1,250.5 km] to the West Southwest

Fulton County

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Distance: About 703 miles [1,131.4 km] to the West Southwest

Ouachita County

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Distance: About 833 miles [1,340.6 km] to the West Southwest

Pike County

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Distance: About 857 miles [1,379.2 km] to the West Southwest

Saline County

Our profile page for Salem, Saline County   [Map]
Distance: About 794 miles [1,277.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Connecticut

New London County

Our profile page for Salem, New London County   [Map]
Distance: About 402 miles [647 km] to the East Northeast

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Florida

Taylor County

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Distance: About 711 miles [1,144.2 km] to the South Southwest

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Georgia

Catoosa County

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Distance: About 444 miles [714.5 km] to the Southwest

Douglas County

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Distance: About 500 miles [804.7 km] to the Southwest

Fannin County

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Distance: About 415 miles [667.9 km] to the Southwest

Lincoln County

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This community is historic.
Distance: About 443 miles [712.9 km] to the South Southwest

Oconee County

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Distance: About 463 miles [745.1 km] to the South Southwest

Richmond County

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Distance: About 456 miles [733.9 km] to the South Southwest

Upson County

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Distance: About 543 miles [873.9 km] to the South Southwest

Walker County

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This community is historic.
Distance: About 462 miles [743.5 km] to the Southwest

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Idaho

Madison County

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Distance: About 1,671 miles [2,689.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Marion County

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Distance: About 507 miles [815.9 km] to the West

Stephenson County

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Distance: About 561 miles [902.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Adams County

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Distance: About 286 miles [460.3 km] to the West Northwest

Jay County

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Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the West

Union County

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Distance: About 282 miles [453.8 km] to the West

Washington County

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Distance: About 357 miles [574.5 km] to the West

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Iowa

Henry County

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Distance: About 638 miles [1,026.8 km] to the West

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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

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Distance: About 1,001 miles [1,611 km] to the West

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

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Distance: About 497 miles [799.8 km] to the West Southwest

Montgomery County

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Distance: About 256 miles [412 km] to the West Southwest

Morgan County

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Distance: About 240 miles [386.2 km] to the West Southwest

Russell County

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Distance: About 344 miles [553.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Maine

Franklin County

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Distance: About 594 miles [956 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Dorchester County

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Distance: About 212 miles [341.2 km] to the East Southeast

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Massachusetts

Essex County

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Distance: About 490 miles [788.6 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 279 miles [449 km] to the 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

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This community is historic.
Distance: About 650 miles [1,046.1 km] to the Southwest

Covington County

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Distance: About 785 miles [1,263.3 km] to the Southwest

Hinds County

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Distance: About 802 miles [1,290.7 km] to the Southwest

Leake County

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Distance: About 732 miles [1,178 km] to the Southwest

Walthall County

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Distance: About 831 miles [1,337.4 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

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Distance: About 659 miles [1,060.6 km] to the West

Lewis County

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Distance: About 653 miles [1,050.9 km] to the West

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Montana

Cascade County

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Distance: About 1,649 miles [2,653.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Richardson County

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Distance: About 854 miles [1,374.4 km] to the West

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New Brunswick

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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

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Distance: About 483 miles [777.3 km] to the East Northeast

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New Jersey

Salem County

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Distance: About 218 miles [350.8 km] to the East

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New Mexico

Dona Ana County

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Distance: About 1,606 miles [2,584.6 km] to the West

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New York

Washington County

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Distance: About 402 miles [647 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Burke County

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Distance: About 299 miles [481.2 km] to the South Southwest

Forsyth County

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Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the South

Lincoln County

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Distance: About 307 miles [494.1 km] to the South Southwest

Nash County

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Distance: About 264 miles [424.9 km] to the South Southeast

Pasquotank County

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Distance: About 306 miles [492.5 km] to the Southeast

Randolph County

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Distance: About 267 miles [429.7 km] to the South

Rockingham County

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Distance: About 229 miles [368.5 km] to the South

Surry County

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Distance: About 225 miles [362.1 km] to the South Southwest

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Nova Scotia

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Distance: About 886 miles [1,425.9 km] to the East 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

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Distance: About 106 miles [170.6 km] to the Northwest

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

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Distance: About 146 miles [235 km] to the West

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

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Distance: About 861 miles [1,385.6 km] to the West Southwest

Okmulgee County

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Distance: About 941 miles [1,514.4 km] to the West Southwest

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 313 miles [503.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Oregon

Marion County

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Distance: About 2,220 miles [3,572.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

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Distance: About 104 miles [167.4 km] to the North Northeast

Franklin County

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Distance: About 103 miles [165.8 km] to the East

Mercer County

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Distance: About 125 miles [201.2 km] to the North Northwest

Snyder County

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Distance: About 160 miles [257.5 km] to the East 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

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Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the South

Marlboro County

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Distance: About 357 miles [574.5 km] to the South

Oconee County

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Distance: About 381 miles [613.2 km] to the South Southwest

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South Dakota

McCook County

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Distance: About 956 miles [1,538.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Cocke County

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Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the Southwest

Henry County

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Distance: About 541 miles [870.7 km] to the West Southwest

Lewis County

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Distance: About 514 miles [827.2 km] to the West Southwest

Montgomery County

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Distance: About 476 miles [766 km] to the West Southwest

Rutherford County

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Distance: About 462 miles [743.5 km] to the West Southwest

Tipton County

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Distance: About 628 miles [1,010.7 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

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Distance: About 1,211 miles [1,948.9 km] to the West Southwest

Cherokee County

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Distance: About 1,028 miles [1,654.4 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 1,156 miles [1,860.4 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

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Distance: About 1,005 miles [1,617.4 km] to the West Southwest

Victoria County

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Distance: About 1,230 miles [1,979.5 km] to the West Southwest

Wood County

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Distance: About 1,009 miles [1,623.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Utah County

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Distance: About 1,691 miles [2,721.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Culpeper County

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Distance: About 114 miles [183.5 km] to the Southeast

Page County

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Distance: About 91 miles [146.5 km] to the Southeast

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

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Distance: About 168 miles [270.4 km] to the South

Virginia Beach City

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Distance: About 274 miles [441 km] to the Southeast

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Wisconsin

Kenosha County

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Distance: About 485 miles [780.5 km] to the West Northwest

Pierce County

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Distance: About 735 miles [1,182.9 km] to the West 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 4,219 miles [6,789.8 km] to the Northeast

Wales   [Map]

Distance: About 3,563 miles [5,734.1 km] to the Northeast

Indonesia   [Map]

Distance: About 10,123 miles [16,291.4 km] to the North Northwest

Jamaica   [Map]

Distance: About 1,472 miles [2,369 km] to the South

Montserrat   [Map]

Distance: About 1,896 miles [3,051.3 km] to the Southeast

South Africa   [Map]

Distance: About 8,423 miles [13,555.5 km] to the East Southeast

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Salem. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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: 39.7048, Longitude: -79.5775     [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 309.367 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.241 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.505 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Salem.