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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Simons once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Simons to:

  • Philippi [Map], which is the Seat of Barbour County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 96 miles [154.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Simons to Charleston, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 167 miles [268.8 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,018 miles [9,685 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,731 miles [10,832.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,606 miles [7,412.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Simons ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Simons.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Simons, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,121 miles [3,413.4 km] to the West


Cook County

Our profile page for Simons, Cook County   [Map]
Distance: About 441 miles [709.7 km] to the West Northwest


Perry County

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


Antrim County

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

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Dakota County

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

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Ashtabula County

Our profile page for Simons, Ashtabula County   [Map]
Distance: About 167 miles [268.8 km] to the North

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Simons ...

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.

Boulder   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast of Simons   [Map]
Century   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Century Junction   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Elk City   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Independence   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Longview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Murphy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Pecks Run   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Peeltree   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Pepper   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Union   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Barbour County

About West Virginia

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Simons, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Simons. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Simons) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Simons. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1209, Longitude: -80.1420     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Simons have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Simons to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.735 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.572 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.96 degrees.

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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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Simons 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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