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Skelton, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 44 miles [70.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Skelton to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 236 miles [379.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,119 miles [9,847.6 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 6,830 miles [10,991.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,706 miles [7,573.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Skelton ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Skelton.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Tuscaloosa County

Our profile page for Skelton, Tuscaloosa County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Tuscaloosa County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Carroll County

Our profile page for Skelton, Carroll County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Carroll County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Fulton County

Our profile page for Skelton, Fulton County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Fulton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Logan County

Our profile page for Skelton, Logan County   [Map]

Distance: About 461 miles [741.9 km] to the West Northwest.


Gibson County

Our profile page for Skelton, Gibson County   [Map]

Distance: About 360 miles [579.4 km] to the West.


Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Skelton, Mecklenburg County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Mecklenburg County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Skelton ...

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.

Beaver   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast of Skelton   [Map]

Blue Jay   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Cedar   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Clifftop   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Crab Orchard   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Cranberry   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]

Daniels   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Dry Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]

Harper   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Harper Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Johnstown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lee   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Maple Fork   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Mount Hope   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Piney View   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Price Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Prosperity   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]

Spangler Factory (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Stonewall (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Terry   -   5 miles [8 km] 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 Skelton. 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 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest of Skelton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Skelton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8107, Longitude: -81.1873     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Skelton 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 Skelton 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 310.403 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.138 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.846 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 Skelton 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:

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