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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Parkersburg [Map], which is the Seat of Wood County, lies just to the East.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 63 miles [101.4 km] to the South (S). If you could walk a straight line from Washington to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 249 miles [400.7 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, 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 6,074 miles [9,775.2 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 6,791 miles [10,929.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,667 miles [7,510.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Washington ...

We have found 59 communities that share the name Washington.

While the name Washington is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 55 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

In addition to the above occurrences of Washington, we know of 4 communities located outside of the United States and Canada.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities located internationally


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arizona

Maricopa County

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

Pima County

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

Arkansas

Hempstead County

Our profile page for Washington, Hempstead County   [Map]
Distance: About 765 miles [1,231.1 km] to the West Southwest

Randolph County

Our profile page for Washington, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 539 miles [867.4 km] to the West Southwest

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California

Los Angeles County

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

Nevada County

Our profile page for Washington, Nevada County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,073 miles [3,336.2 km] to the West Northwest

Yolo County

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

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Connecticut

Litchfield County

Our profile page for Washington, Litchfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 468 miles [753.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Georgia

Wilkes County

Our profile page for Washington, Wilkes County   [Map]
Distance: About 386 miles [621.2 km] to the South

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Illinois

Tazewell County

Our profile page for Washington, Tazewell County   [Map]
Distance: About 421 miles [677.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Davies's County

Our profile page for Washington, Davies's County   [Map]
Distance: About 298 miles [479.6 km] to the West

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Iowa

Franklin County

Our profile page for Washington, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 649 miles [1,044.5 km] to the West Northwest

Washington County

Our profile page for Washington, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 545 miles [877.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Douglas County

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

Shawnee County

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

Washington County

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

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Kentucky

Mason County

Our profile page for Washington, Mason County   [Map]
Distance: About 123 miles [197.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Louisiana

Saint Landry Parish

Our profile page for Washington, Saint Landry Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 836 miles [1,345.4 km] to the Southwest

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Maine

Knox County

Our profile page for Washington, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 720 miles [1,158.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Maryland

Washington County

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

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Massachusetts

Berkshire County

Our profile page for Washington, Berkshire County   [Map]
Distance: About 495 miles [796.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Macomb County

Our profile page for Washington, Macomb County   [Map]
Distance: About 249 miles [400.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Minnesota

Fillmore County

Our profile page for Washington, Fillmore County   [Map]
Distance: About 632 miles [1,017.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Mississippi

Adams County

Our profile page for Washington, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 757 miles [1,218.3 km] to the Southwest

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Missouri

Cooper County

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

Franklin County

Our profile page for Washington, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 504 miles [811.1 km] to the West

Jackson County

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

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Nebraska

Washington County

Our profile page for Washington, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 778 miles [1,252.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Nevada

Nye County

Our profile page for Washington, Nye County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,890 miles [3,041.7 km] to the West Northwest

Washoe County

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

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New Hampshire

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Washington, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 565 miles [909.3 km] to the East Northeast

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New Jersey

Burlington County

Our profile page for Washington, Burlington County   [Map]
Distance: About 379 miles [609.9 km] to the East

Middlesex County

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

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North Carolina

Beaufort County

Our profile page for Washington, Beaufort County   [Map]
Distance: About 359 miles [577.8 km] to the Southeast

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Ohio

Fayette County

Our profile page for Washington, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 96 miles [154.5 km] to the West Northwest

Guernsey County

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

Hardin County

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

Jackson County

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

Monroe County

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

Stark County

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

Vinton County

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

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Oklahoma

McClain County

Our profile page for Washington, McClain County   [Map]
Distance: About 916 miles [1,474.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Ontario

Our profile page for Washington   [Map]
Distance: About 285 miles [458.7 km] to the North

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Pennsylvania

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Washington, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 231 miles [371.8 km] to the East Northeast

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Washington, Lancaster County   [Map]
Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the East

Washington County

Our profile page for Washington, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 98 miles [157.7 km] to the Northeast

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Rhode Island

Kent County

Our profile page for Washington, Kent County   [Map]
Distance: About 556 miles [894.8 km] to the East Northeast

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South Carolina

Berkeley County

Our profile page for Washington, Berkeley County   [Map]
Distance: About 428 miles [688.8 km] to the South Southeast

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Tennessee

Rhea County

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

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Texas

Washington County

Our profile page for Washington, Washington County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,025 miles [1,649.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Washington County

Our profile page for Washington, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,724 miles [2,774.5 km] to the West

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Vermont

Orange County

Our profile page for Washington, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 581 miles [935 km] to the Northeast

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Virginia

Rappahannock County

Our profile page for Washington, Rappahannock County   [Map]
Distance: About 192 miles [309 km] to the East

Rockbridge County

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

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Wisconsin

Door County

Our profile page for Washington, Door County   [Map]
Distance: About 501 miles [806.3 km] to the North Northwest

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Communities Located Internationally

Just a reminder: Our measurements are based on the Great Circle Route. See footnote <3>


Argentina   [Map]

Distance: About 5,165 miles [8,312.3 km] to the South Southeast

England

- Tyne and Wear   [Map]

Distance: About 3,698 miles [5,951.4 km] to the Northeast

- Pulborough   [Map]

Distance: About 3,837 miles [6,175.1 km] to the Northeast

South Africa   [Map]

Distance: About 8,165 miles [13,140.3 km] to the East Southeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Washington ...

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.

Corner (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North of Washington   [Map]
Ireland (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Larkmead   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Little Hocking (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
New England   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Porterfield (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Redbush (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Rockland (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Torch (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Veto (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Walkers Crossing (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Washington. 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.

August 'Gus' Wagner
  Tatto artist, wood carver, painter. He was born in Marietta (Ohio) on Sunday June 16, 1872 and died on Tueday June 10, 1941 at an age of 69. He was buried at Homestead Cemetery (Chase County, Kansas) [Map].

Marietta [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast of Washington

Find-A-Grave Memorial: August 'Gus' Wagner<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...



Communities in West Virginia

About Wood County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Wood County: www.woodcountywv.com/

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 that begins in Washington. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Washington) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Washington. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Washington

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Washington. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2612, Longitude: -81.6718     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Washington 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 Washington 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 310.664 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.652 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.583 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 Washington 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 Washington, 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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