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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Morgantown [Map], which is the Seat of Monongalia County, lies just to the East.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 126 miles [202.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Seneca to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 164 miles [263.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). 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 5,987 miles [9,635.1 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 6,702 miles [10,785.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,578 miles [7,367.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Seneca ...

We have found 26 communities that share the name Seneca.

While the name Seneca is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 26 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arizona

Gila County

Our profile page for Seneca, Gila County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,730 miles [2,784.2 km] to the West

California

Plumas County

Our profile page for Seneca, Plumas County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 2,159 miles [3,474.6 km] to the West Northwest

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Seneca, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 813 miles [1,308.4 km] to the South

Lake County

Our profile page for Seneca, Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 749 miles [1,205.4 km] to the South

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Illinois

La Salle County

Our profile page for Seneca, La Salle County   [Map]
Distance: About 468 miles [753.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Iowa

Kossuth County

Our profile page for Seneca, Kossuth County   [Map]
Distance: About 786 miles [1,264.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Nemaha County

Our profile page for Seneca, Nemaha County   [Map]
Distance: About 854 miles [1,374.4 km] to the West

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Maryland

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Seneca, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 145 miles [233.4 km] to the East Southeast

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Michigan

Keweenaw County

Our profile page for Seneca, Keweenaw County   [Map]
Distance: About 675 miles [1,086.3 km] to the Northwest

Lenawee County

Our profile page for Seneca, Lenawee County   [Map]
Distance: About 265 miles [426.5 km] to the Northwest

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Mississippi

Lamar County

Our profile page for Seneca, Lamar County   [Map]
Distance: About 797 miles [1,282.6 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Newton County

Our profile page for Seneca, Newton County   [Map]
Distance: About 816 miles [1,313.2 km] to the West

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Nebraska

Thomas County

Our profile page for Seneca, Thomas County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,100 miles [1,770.3 km] to the West Northwest

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New Mexico

Union County

Our profile page for Seneca, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,271 miles [2,045.5 km] to the West

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New York

Ontario County

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

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Ohio

Erie County

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

Seneca County

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

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Ontario

Our profile page for Seneca
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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Oregon

Grant County

Our profile page for Seneca, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,010 miles [3,234.8 km] to the West Northwest

Lane County

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

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Pennsylvania

Venango County

Our profile page for Seneca, Venango County   [Map]
Distance: About 120 miles [193.1 km] to the North

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South Carolina

Oconee County

Our profile page for Seneca, Oconee County   [Map]
Distance: About 379 miles [609.9 km] to the South Southwest

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South Dakota

Faulk County

Our profile page for Seneca, Faulk County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,062 miles [1,709.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Texas

Tyler County

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

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Virginia

Campbell County

Our profile page for Seneca, Campbell County   [Map]
Distance: About 181 miles [291.3 km] to the South Southeast

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Wisconsin

Crawford County

Our profile page for Seneca, Crawford County   [Map]
Distance: About 621 miles [999.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Seneca ...

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.

Evans Ferry   -   Less than 2 miles to the South of Seneca   [Map]
Fieldcrest   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Harmony Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Jerome Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Park Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Randall   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
South Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Star City   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Tanglewood   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [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 Seneca. 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 Less than 2 miles to the east of Seneca

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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of Seneca

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald Ron Lancaster

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Monongalia County: www.co.monongalia.wv.us/

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Seneca. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6409, Longitude: -79.9595     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Seneca 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 Seneca 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 309.602 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.50 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.697 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 Seneca, 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 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 Seneca 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Seneca.