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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Pineville [Map], which is the Seat of Wyoming County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Stephenson to Pineville, 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 55 miles [88.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 249 miles [400.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four 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 6,135 miles [9,873.3 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 6,845 miles [11,016 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,721 miles [7,597.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Stephenson ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Stephenson.

While the name Stephenson is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arkansas

Pike County

Our profile page for Stephenson, Pike County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 730 miles [1,174.8 km] to the West Southwest

Indiana

Warrick County

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

Michigan

Menominee County

Our profile page for Stephenson, Menominee County   [Map]
Distance: About 630 miles [1,013.9 km] to the North Northwest

Mississippi

Amite County

Our profile page for Stephenson, Amite County   [Map]
Distance: About 703 miles [1,131.4 km] to the Southwest

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Nebraska

Keya Paha County

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

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Tennessee

Coffee County

Our profile page for Stephenson, Coffee County   [Map]
Distance: About 296 miles [476.4 km] to the West Southwest

Madison County

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

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Virginia

Frederick County

Our profile page for Stephenson, Frederick County   [Map]
Distance: About 208 miles [334.7 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Stephenson ...

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.

Amigo   -   Less than 2 miles to the North of Stephenson   [Map]
Basin   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Blackeagle   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Bud   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Helen   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Itmann   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Josephine   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lego   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mead   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Stonecoal Junction   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Stephenson. 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 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Stephenson

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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest of Stephenson

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Stephenson. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Stephenson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Stephenson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stephenson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5804, Longitude: -81.3262     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stephenson 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 Stephenson 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 310.49 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.204 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.978 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 Stephenson, 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 Stephenson 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 Stephenson.



 
 
 

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