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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Simmons to Princeton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 72 miles [115.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 4 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 255 miles [410.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,145 miles [9,889.4 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 6,855 miles [11,032.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,731 miles [7,613.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Simmons ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Simmons.

While the name Simmons 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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Shelby County

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


Yavapai County

Our profile page for Simmons, Yavapai County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Yavapai County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Independence County

Our profile page for Simmons, Independence County   [Map]
Distance: About 587 miles [944.7 km] to the West

Woodruff County

Our profile page for Simmons, Woodruff County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 568 miles [914.1 km] to the West

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Ohio County

Our profile page for Simmons, Ohio County   [Map]
Distance: About 309 miles [497.3 km] to the West

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Calcasieu Parish

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

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Mackinac County

Our profile page for Simmons, Mackinac County   [Map]
Distance: About 628 miles [1,010.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Texas County

Our profile page for Simmons, Texas County   [Map]
Distance: About 588 miles [946.3 km] to the West

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Lawrence County

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

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Greenwood County

Our profile page for Simmons, Greenwood County   [Map]
Distance: About 215 miles [346 km] to the South Southwest

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Live Oak County

Our profile page for Simmons, Live Oak County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,158 miles [1,863.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Davis County

Our profile page for Simmons, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,653 miles [2,660.2 km] to the West Northwest

Weber County

Our profile page for Simmons, Weber County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,651 miles [2,657 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Simmons ...

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.

Abbs Valley (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the South of Simmons   [Map]
Big Vein (VA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Bluestone   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Coaldale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Coopers   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Falls Mills (VA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Flipping   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Freeman   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Goodwill   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Pocahontas (VA)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Yards   -   2 miles [3.2 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 Simmons. 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Simmons

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 16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest of Simmons

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Simmons. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3282, Longitude: -81.3018     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Simmons 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 Simmons 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 310.479 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.154 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.048 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 Simmons 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 Simmons, 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:

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