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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Wellsburg [Map], which is the Seat of Brooke County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 136 miles [218.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Short Creek 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 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 213 miles [342.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take a little over three 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 5,992 miles [9,643.2 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 6,711 miles [10,800.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,586 miles [7,380.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Short Creek ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Short Creek.

While the name Short Creek is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Alabama

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Short Creek, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 579 miles [931.8 km] to the Southwest

Arizona

Mohave County

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

Kansas

Cherokee County

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

Kentucky

Grayson County

Our profile page for Short Creek, Grayson County   [Map]
Distance: About 361 miles [581 km] to the West Southwest

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Ohio

Harrison County

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

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Tennessee

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Short Creek, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 439 miles [706.5 km] to the Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Short Creek ...

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.

Beech Bottom   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North of Short Creek   [Map]
Betty Zane   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Clearview   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Glen Robbins (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Glen Run (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Glenns Run (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Hopewell (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Jug Run (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Power   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Rush Run (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Salt Run (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Stringer (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Warwood   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Willow Springs (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [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 Short Creek. 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.

Clark Gable     (William Clark Gable)
  Oscar winning actor. He was born in Cadiz (Ohio) on Friday February 1, 1901 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday November 16, 1960 at an age of 59. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cadiz [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the west of Short Creek

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clark Gable<8>
 
Gary Michael Jeter
  Professional football. He was born in Weirton (West Virginia) on Monday January 24, 1955 and died in Plainsboro (New Jersey) on Wednesday March 9, 2016 at an age of 61.

Weirton [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the north of Short Creek

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Michael Jeter

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Short Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.1856, Longitude: -80.6745     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Short Creek 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 Short Creek 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 310.017 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.054 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.822 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 Short Creek 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: findagrave.com.

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