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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Santiago to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Santiago to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Grafton [Map], which is the Seat of Taylor County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Santiago to Grafton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 104 miles [167.4 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take 4 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 172 miles [276.8 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,009 miles [9,670.5 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 6,724 miles [10,821.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,599 miles [7,401.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Santiago ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Santiago.

While the name Santiago is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Maricopa County

Our profile page for Santiago, Maricopa County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,797 miles [2,892 km] to the West


Polk County

Our profile page for Santiago, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 709 miles [1,141 km] to the West Northwest


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


Grant Parish

Our profile page for Santiago, Grant Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 885 miles [1,424.3 km] to the Southwest

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Arenac County

Our profile page for Santiago, Arenac County   [Map]
Distance: About 373 miles [600.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Sherburne County

Our profile page for Santiago, Sherburne County   [Map]
Distance: About 812 miles [1,306.8 km] to the Northwest

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Benton County

Our profile page for Santiago, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 714 miles [1,149.1 km] to the West

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Ormsby County

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

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Mora County

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

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Allegheny County

Our profile page for Santiago, Allegheny County   [Map]
Distance: About 73 miles [117.5 km] to the North

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Santiago ...

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.

Allied   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West of Santiago   [Map]
Belgium   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Boothsville   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Enterprise   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Erie   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Francis   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Gypsy   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Helens Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Highland   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hillview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Killarm   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Long Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Maple Lake   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Meadowbrook   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
New England   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Oral Lake   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Saltwell   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Wahoo   -   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 Santiago. 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 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Santiago

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Santiago

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Santiago. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Santiago. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3698, Longitude: -80.2015     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Santiago 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 Santiago 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 309.761 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.639 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.899 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Santiago 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 Santiago, 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:

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