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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Saxon to Beckley, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 39 miles [62.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 248 miles [399.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,129 miles [9,863.7 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 6,840 miles [11,007.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,716 miles [7,589.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Saxon ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Saxon.

While the name Saxon is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Yolo County

Our profile page for Saxon, Yolo County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,168 miles [3,489.1 km] to the West Northwest


Oglethorpe County

Our profile page for Saxon, Oglethorpe County   [Map]
Distance: About 275 miles [442.6 km] to the South Southwest


Henry County

Our profile page for Saxon, Henry County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 507 miles [815.9 km] to the West Northwest

Livingston County

Our profile page for Saxon, Livingston County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 423 miles [680.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Wayne County

Our profile page for Saxon, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 674 miles [1,084.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Kent County

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

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Marion County

Our profile page for Saxon, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 664 miles [1,068.6 km] to the Southwest

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North Carolina

Stokes County

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

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Meigs County

Our profile page for Saxon, Meigs County   [Map]
Distance: About 81 miles [130.4 km] to the North Northwest

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South Carolina

Spartanburg County

Our profile page for Saxon, Spartanburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 198 miles [318.7 km] to the South

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Whatcom County

Our profile page for Saxon, Whatcom County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,154 miles [3,466.5 km] to the Northwest

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Ashland County

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

Iron County

Our profile page for Saxon, Iron County   [Map]
Distance: About 755 miles [1,215.1 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Saxon ...

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.

Bolt   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South of Saxon   [Map]
Dry Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Friendly View   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Glen Daniel   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Maple Meadow   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pineknob   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Posey   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Redbird   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Rock Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Surveyor   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Trap Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [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 Saxon. 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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast of Saxon

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>
Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Saxon

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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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 starting in Saxon. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Saxon) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saxon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7982, Longitude: -81.4148     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saxon 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 Saxon 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 310.54 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.293 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.947 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 Saxon, 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 Saxon 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:

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