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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Slabtown to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Slabtown to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Williamson [Map], which is the Seat of Mingo County, lies 22 miles [35.4 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Slabtown to Williamson, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 51 miles [82.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 276 miles [444.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,156 miles [9,907.1 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 6,867 miles [11,051.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,743 miles [7,633.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Slabtown ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Slabtown.

While the name Slabtown is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 28 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Lauderdale County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 359 miles [577.8 km] to the West Southwest

Arkansas

Grant County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 632 miles [1,017.1 km] to the West Southwest

Georgia

Fulton County

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This community is historic.
Distance: About 302 miles [486 km] to the South Southwest

Idaho

Latah County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Latah County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,858 miles [2,990.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Decatur County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Decatur County   [Map]
Distance: About 222 miles [357.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Kentucky

Henry County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 179 miles [288.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Maryland

Allegany County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Allegany County   [Map]
Distance: About 214 miles [344.4 km] to the Northeast

Frederick County

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Distance: About 259 miles [416.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Missouri

Madison County

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

Texas County

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Distance: About 555 miles [893.2 km] to the West

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New Jersey

Salem County

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Distance: About 381 miles [613.2 km] to the East Northeast

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New Mexico

Otero County

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

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New York

Chemung County

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

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Ohio

Allen County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Allen County   [Map]
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Ontario

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

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Pennsylvania

Armstrong County

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Distance: About 260 miles [418.4 km] to the North Northeast

Clearfield County

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

Columbia County

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Distance: About 369 miles [593.8 km] to the Northeast

Franklin County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 277 miles [445.8 km] to the Northeast

Schuylkill County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Schuylkill County   [Map]
Distance: About 377 miles [606.7 km] to the Northeast

Somerset County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 216 miles [347.6 km] to the Northeast

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Tennessee

Rhea County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Rhea County   [Map]
Distance: About 214 miles [344.4 km] to the Southwest

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Texas

Lamar County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Lamar County   [Map]
Distance: About 818 miles [1,316.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Lancaster County   [Map]
Distance: About 293 miles [471.5 km] to the East

Russell County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Russell County   [Map]
Distance: About 51 miles [82.1 km] to the South Southwest

Scott County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 77 miles [123.9 km] to the South Southwest

Smyth County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Smyth County   [Map]
Distance: About 64 miles [103 km] to the South Southeast

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Wisconsin

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Slabtown, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 512 miles [824 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Slabtown ...

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.

Christian   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Slabtown   [Map]
Cub City   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Emmett   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Gilbert   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Gilbert Creek   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Greenville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Horsepen (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Huff Junction   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Justice   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Landville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Long Branch   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [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 Slabtown. 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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Slabtown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>

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The Communities of West Virginia

About Mingo County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Slabtown. 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 'straight-line' distance starting in Slabtown. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Slabtown) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Slabtown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6290, Longitude: -81.8698     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Slabtown 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 Slabtown 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 310.816 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.584 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.193 degrees.

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<7>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 Slabtown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 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 Slabtown 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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<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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Slabtown.