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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Turkeyfoot once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Turkeyfoot to:

  • New Cumberland [Map], which is the Seat of Hancock County, lies just to the West.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 161 miles [259.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Turkeyfoot to Charleston, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 216 miles [347.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,971 miles [9,609.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,691 miles [10,768.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,567 miles [7,349.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Turkeyfoot ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Turkeyfoot.

While the name Turkeyfoot is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Franklin County

Our profile page for Turkeyfoot, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 154 miles [247.8 km] to the East Southeast

Somerset County

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

Washington County

Our profile page for Turkeyfoot, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 30 miles [48.3 km] to the Southeast


Hamilton County

Our profile page for Turkeyfoot, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 451 miles [725.8 km] to the Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Turkeyfoot ...

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.

Blackhorse (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest of Turkeyfoot   [Map]
Chester   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Chestnut Hill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Dry Run (OH)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Empire (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Fairhaven   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Florence (PA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hookstown (PA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Jethro (OH)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Kings Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lennyville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mechanicsburg (PA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Moscow   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Shady Glen (OH)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sugar Grove (OH)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Sun Valley   -   5 miles [8 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 Turkeyfoot. 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.

Caitlin Clarke     (Born as Katherine Anne Clarke)
  Actress, instructor. She was born in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Saturday May 3, 1952 and died in Sewickley (Pennsylvania) on Thursday September 9, 2004 at an age of 52. She was buried at Sewickley Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Pittsburgh [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Turkeyfoot

Sewickley [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the east of Turkeyfoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Caitlin Clarke<9>
Charley Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd     (Born as Charles Arthur Floyd)
  Crime figure. He was born in Adairsville (Georgia) on Wednesday February 3, 1904 and died in East Liverpool (Ohio) on Monday October 22, 1934 at an age of 30. He was buried at Akins Cemetery (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma) [Map].

East Liverpool [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Turkeyfoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charley Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd
Gary Michael Jeter
  Professional football. He was born in Weirton (West Virginia) on Monday January 24, 1955 and died in Plainsboro (New Jersey) on Wednesday March 9, 2016 at an age of 61.

Weirton [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the south of Turkeyfoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Michael Jeter
William Holmes McGuffey
  Author, educator. He was born in Claysville (Pennsylvania) on Tueday September 23, 1800 and died in Charlottesville (Virginia) on Sunday May 4, 1873 at an age of 72.

Claysville [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Turkeyfoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Holmes McGuffey
Lewis Robert 'Hack' Wilson
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Ellwood City (Pennsylvania) on Thursday April 26, 1900 and died in Baltimore (Maryland) on Tueday November 23, 1948 at an age of 48. He was buried at Rosedale Cemetery (Berkeley County, West Virginia) [Map].

Ellwood City [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of Turkeyfoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lewis Robert 'Hack' Wilson

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Turkeyfoot, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Turkeyfoot. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Turkeyfoot) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Turkeyfoot. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.5212, Longitude: -80.5301     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Turkeyfoot have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Turkeyfoot to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.913 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.986 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.637 degrees.

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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 Turkeyfoot 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:

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