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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Ripley [Map], which is the Seat of Jackson County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 28 miles [45.1 km] to the South (S). If you could walk a straight line from Skidmore to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 248 miles [399.1 km] to the East (E). 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 6,095 miles [9,809 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 6,811 miles [10,961.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,686 miles [7,541.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Skidmore ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Skidmore.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Skidmore. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 9 communities in the United States - with 10 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Cherokee County

Our profile page for Skidmore, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 724 miles [1,165.2 km] to the West

Ford County

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

Meade County

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


Clay County

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

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Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Skidmore, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the East

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Dickinson County

Our profile page for Skidmore, Dickinson County   [Map]
Distance: About 585 miles [941.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Nodaway County

Our profile page for Skidmore, Nodaway County   [Map]
Distance: About 722 miles [1,161.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Lawrence County

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

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Bee County

Our profile page for Skidmore, Bee County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,171 miles [1,884.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Skidmore ...

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.

Buffalo (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast of Skidmore   [Map]
Clarence   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Danstown   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Edgar (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Evans   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Fairplain   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Flatfork   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Flint Town   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Gay   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Geneva   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Marshall   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mentor (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Parchment Valley   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Plum Orchard   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Red Knob   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Salt Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Young   -   8 miles [12.9 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 Skidmore. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Skidmore

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Skidmore. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7606, Longitude: -81.6460     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Skidmore 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 Skidmore 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 310.661 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.573 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.736 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 Skidmore 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 Skidmore, 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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