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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Martinsburg [Map], which is the Seat of Berkeley County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 208 miles [334.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Tomahawk to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 12 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 69 miles [111 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,913 miles [9,516.1 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 6,623 miles [10,658.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,499 miles [7,240.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Tomahawk ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Tomahawk.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Our profile page for Tomahawk   [Map]
Distance: About 1,961 miles [3,155.9 km] to the Northwest


Searcy County

Our profile page for Tomahawk, Searcy County   [Map]
Distance: About 833 miles [1,340.6 km] to the West Southwest


Cherokee County

Our profile page for Tomahawk, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 513 miles [825.6 km] to the Southwest


Martin County

Our profile page for Tomahawk, Martin County   [Map]
Distance: About 270 miles [434.5 km] to the West Southwest

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North Carolina

Sampson County

Our profile page for Tomahawk, Sampson County   [Map]
Distance: About 333 miles [535.9 km] to the South

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South Dakota

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Tomahawk, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,343 miles [2,161.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Pittsylvania County

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

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for Tomahawk, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 721 miles [1,160.3 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Tomahawk ...

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.

Big Pool (MD)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North of Tomahawk   [Map]
Cherry Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Duckwall   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Elk Branch (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Ernstville (MD)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Four Locks (MD)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Georgetown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Goose Nest   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Green Spring Furnace (MD)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Greenspring Hill (MD)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hedgesville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Irish Hill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jones Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Little Georgetown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Martinsburg   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Runners Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Shanghai   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Spring Mills   -   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 Tomahawk. 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.

Belle Boyd
  Civil war Confederate spy. She was born in Martinsburg (West Virginia) on Thursday May 9, 1844 and died in Wisconsin Dells (Wisconsin) on Monday June 11, 1900 at an age of 56. She was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery (Columbia County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Martinsburg [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast of Tomahawk

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Belle Boyd<8>
John Brown
  Abolitionist, activist. He was born in Torrington (Connecticut) on Friday May 9, 1800 and died in Charles Town (West Virginia) on Friday December 2, 1859 at an age of 59.

Charles Town [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast of Tomahawk

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown
James Buchanan
  15th President of the US (1857 - 1861). He was born in Cove Gap (Pennsylvania) on Saturday April 23, 1791 and died in Lancaster (Pennsylvania) on Monday June 1, 1868 at an age of 77. He was buried at Woodward Hill Cemetery (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Cove Gap [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Tomahawk

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Buchanan
Jane Harrison
  Daughter-in-law of William Harrison - since his wife Anna Harrison was too ill to travel, Jane served as the de facto First Lady for the Harrison Presidency. She was born in Mercersburg (Pennsylvania) on Monday July 23, 1804 and died on Monday May 11, 1846 at an age of 41.

Mercersburg [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Tomahawk

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tomahawk. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5304, Longitude: -78.0469     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tomahawk 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 Tomahawk 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 308.451 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.175 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.903 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 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 Tomahawk 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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