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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Keyser [Map], which is the Seat of Mineral County, lies just to the East.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 153 miles [246.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Shaw 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 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 117 miles [188.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,963 miles [9,596.5 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 6,675 miles [10,742.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,551 miles [7,324.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Shaw ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Shaw.

While the name Shaw is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 28 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Jefferson County

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

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Shaw, Lauderdale County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 583 miles [938.2 km] to the West Southwest

Pickens County

Our profile page for Shaw, Pickens County   [Map]
Distance: About 643 miles [1,034.8 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Craighead County

Our profile page for Shaw, Craighead County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 664 miles [1,068.6 km] to the West Southwest

Saline County

Our profile page for Shaw, Saline County   [Map]
Distance: About 812 miles [1,306.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Colorado

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Shaw, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,287 miles [2,071.2 km] to the West

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Illinois

Lake County

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

Lee County

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

Warren County

Our profile page for Shaw, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 616 miles [991.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Neosho County

Our profile page for Shaw, Neosho County   [Map]
Distance: About 882 miles [1,419.4 km] to the West

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Kentucky

Carlisle County

Our profile page for Shaw, Carlisle County   [Map]
Distance: About 552 miles [888.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Louisiana

Concordia Parish

Our profile page for Shaw, Concordia Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 903 miles [1,453.2 km] to the Southwest

Grant Parish

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

Iberia Parish

Our profile page for Shaw, Iberia Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 960 miles [1,545 km] to the Southwest

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Maine

Aroostook County

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

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Michigan

Muskegon County

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

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Minnesota

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Shaw, Saint Louis County   [Map]
Distance: About 849 miles [1,366.3 km] to the Northwest

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Mississippi

Bolivar County

Our profile page for Shaw, Bolivar County   [Map]
Distance: About 759 miles [1,221.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Boone County

Our profile page for Shaw, Boone County   [Map]
Distance: About 699 miles [1,124.9 km] to the West

Saint Louis City

Our profile page for Shaw, Saint Louis City   [Map]
Distance: About 598 miles [962.4 km] to the West

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North Carolina

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Shaw, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the South

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Oregon

Marion County

Our profile page for Shaw, Marion County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,243 miles [3,609.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Crawford County

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

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South Dakota

Clay County

Our profile page for Shaw, Clay County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 967 miles [1,556.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Haywood County

Our profile page for Shaw, Haywood County   [Map]
Distance: About 613 miles [986.5 km] to the West Southwest

Williamson County

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

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Texas

Bowie County

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

Terrell County

Our profile page for Shaw, Terrell County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,445 miles [2,325.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Shaw ...

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.

Blaine   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest of Shaw   [Map]
Claysville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Crosstown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Elk Garden   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Floyd (MD)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Franklin (MD)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hartmansville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Luke (MD)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Skyline   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Standard (MD)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Sulphur City   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [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 Shaw. 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.

Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Shaw

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<9>

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Find a Community within West Virginia

About Mineral County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mineral County: www.mineralcountywv.com/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shaw. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4162, Longitude: -79.1306     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shaw 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 Shaw 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 309.11 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.905 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.415 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Shaw 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 Shaw, 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Shaw.



 
 
 

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