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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Point Pleasant [Map], which is the Seat of Mason County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 45 miles [72.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could walk a straight line from Sassafras to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 267 miles [429.7 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,102 miles [9,820.2 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 6,820 miles [10,975.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,695 miles [7,555.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sassafras ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Sassafras.

While the name Sassafras is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Arkansas County

Our profile page for Sassafras, Arkansas County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 603 miles [970.4 km] to the West Southwest


Perry County

Our profile page for Sassafras, Perry County   [Map]
Distance: About 257 miles [413.6 km] to the West


Knott County

Our profile page for Sassafras, Knott County   [Map]
Distance: About 131 miles [210.8 km] to the South Southwest


Kent County

Our profile page for Sassafras, Kent County   [Map]
Distance: About 333 miles [535.9 km] to the East

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Gloucester County

Our profile page for Sassafras, Gloucester County   [Map]
Distance: About 311 miles [500.5 km] to the East Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sassafras ...

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.

Antiquity (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East of Sassafras   [Map]
Board   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Dutchtown (OH) (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Flatrock   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Lincoln Heights (OH)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Longdale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Maggie   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Mason   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Minersville (OH)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Oakgrove (OH) (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pike Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Plants (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Silver Run (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sassafras. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9342, Longitude: -82.0129     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sassafras 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 Sassafras 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 310.882 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.851 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.841 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 Sassafras, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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