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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Hinton [Map], which is the Seat of Summers County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 69 miles [111 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Seminole to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 226 miles [363.7 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 6,116 miles [9,842.7 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 6,825 miles [10,983.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,701 miles [7,565.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Seminole ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Seminole.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Seminole. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 9 communities in the United States - with 10 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia

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Baldwin County

Our profile page for Seminole, Baldwin County   [Map]
Distance: About 616 miles [991.4 km] to the Southwest


Hillsborough County

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

Okaloosa County

Our profile page for Seminole, Okaloosa County   [Map]
Distance: About 583 miles [938.2 km] to the Southwest

Pinellas County

Our profile page for Seminole, Pinellas County   [Map]
Distance: About 680 miles [1,094.4 km] to the South

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North Carolina

Harnett County

Our profile page for Seminole, Harnett County   [Map]
Distance: About 177 miles [284.9 km] to the Southeast

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Seminole County

Our profile page for Seminole, Seminole County   [Map]
Distance: About 891 miles [1,433.9 km] to the West

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Armstrong County

Our profile page for Seminole, Armstrong County   [Map]
Distance: About 248 miles [399.1 km] to the North Northeast

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South Carolina

Hampton County

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

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Gaines County

Our profile page for Seminole, Gaines County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,272 miles [2,047.1 km] to the West

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Seminole ...

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.

Bozoo   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South of Seminole   [Map]
Buck   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Cloverdale   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Crumps Bottom   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hill Top   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Indian Mills   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lick Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lilly (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Marie   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Packs Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pipestem   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [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 Seminole. 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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the west of Seminole

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>
Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Newport (Virginia) on Friday August 10, 1923 and died in Charlotte (North Carolina) on Monday April 28, 1980 at an age of 56. He was buried at Sharon Memorial Park (Mecklenburg County, North Carolina) [Map].

Newport [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast of Seminole

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Erwin Coolidge 'Bob' Porterfield

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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 Seminole. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Seminole) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Seminole. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5551, Longitude: -80.8417     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Seminole 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 Seminole 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 310.20 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.869 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.783 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 Seminole 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>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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