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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Grafton [Map], which is the Seat of Taylor County, lies just to the West.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 113 miles [181.9 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Thornton to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 158 miles [254.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,999 miles [9,654.5 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 6,713 miles [10,803.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,589 miles [7,385.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thornton ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Thornton.

While the name Thornton 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 Thornton, Lauderdale County   [Map]
Distance: About 513 miles [825.6 km] to the Southwest

Tallapoosa County

Our profile page for Thornton, Tallapoosa County   [Map]
Distance: About 561 miles [902.8 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Thornton, Calhoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 794 miles [1,277.8 km] to the West Southwest

California

San Joaquin County

Our profile page for Thornton, San Joaquin County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,214 miles [3,563.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Colorado

Adams County

Our profile page for Thornton, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,325 miles [2,132.4 km] to the West

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Idaho

Kootenai County

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

Madison County

Our profile page for Thornton, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,665 miles [2,679.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Cook County

Our profile page for Thornton, Cook County   [Map]
Distance: About 431 miles [693.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Thornton, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 352 miles [566.5 km] to the West

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Iowa

Cerro Gordo County

Our profile page for Thornton, Cerro Gordo County   [Map]
Distance: About 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Rawlins County

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

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Kentucky

Letcher County

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

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Massachusetts

Suffolk County

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

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Michigan

Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Thornton, Saint Clair County   [Map]
Distance: About 286 miles [460.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Mississippi

Holmes County

Our profile page for Thornton, Holmes County   [Map]
Distance: About 721 miles [1,160.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Clay County

Our profile page for Thornton, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 779 miles [1,253.7 km] to the West

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Nebraska

Polk County

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

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New Hampshire

Grafton County

Our profile page for Thornton, Grafton County   [Map]
Distance: About 532 miles [856.2 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Chautauqua County

Our profile page for Thornton, Chautauqua County   [Map]
Distance: About 205 miles [329.9 km] to the North

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Ohio

Ross County

Our profile page for Thornton, Ross County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 180 miles [289.7 km] to the West

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Ontario

Our profile page for Thornton   [Map]
Distance: About 340 miles [547.2 km] to the North

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Pennsylvania

Delaware County

Our profile page for Thornton, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 237 miles [381.4 km] to the East

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Rhode Island

Providence County

Our profile page for Thornton, Providence County   [Map]
Distance: About 474 miles [762.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Tennessee

Knox County

Our profile page for Thornton, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 331 miles [532.7 km] to the Southwest

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Texas

Limestone County

Our profile page for Thornton, Limestone County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,082 miles [1,741.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Washington

Whitman County

Our profile page for Thornton, Whitman County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,938 miles [3,118.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Wisconsin

Shawano County

Our profile page for Thornton, Shawano County   [Map]
Distance: About 584 miles [939.9 km] to the Northwest

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Wyoming

Weston County

Our profile page for Thornton, Weston County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,314 miles [2,114.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Thornton ...

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.

Blueville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West of Thornton   [Map]
Cecil   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Cove Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Cove Run Station (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Dent   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Elliotsville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Fellowsville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Hardman   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hebron   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Independence   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Knottsville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Maple Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Sandy (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Scotch Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Stone House (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [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 Thornton. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Thornton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Thornton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
 
Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast of Thornton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thornton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3456, Longitude: -79.9420     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thornton 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 Thornton 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 309.604 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.457 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.794 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 Thornton 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 Thornton, 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: findagrave.com.

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