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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Watkins to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Watkins to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Middlebourne [Map], which is the Seat of Tyler County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 94 miles [151.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Watkins to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 209 miles [336.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,026 miles [9,697.9 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 6,743 miles [10,851.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,619 miles [7,433.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Watkins ...

We have found 26 communities that share the name Watkins.

While the name Watkins is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 26 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Shelby County

Our profile page for Watkins, Shelby County   [Map]
Distance: About 539 miles [867.4 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Boone County

Our profile page for Watkins, Boone County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 705 miles [1,134.6 km] to the West Southwest

White County

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

Colorado

Adams County

Our profile page for Watkins, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,258 miles [2,024.6 km] to the West

Arapahoe County

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

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Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Watkins, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 798 miles [1,284.3 km] to the South

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Illinois

De Witt County

Our profile page for Watkins, De Witt County   [Map]
Distance: About 416 miles [669.5 km] to the West

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Iowa

Benton County

Our profile page for Watkins, Benton County   [Map]
Distance: About 602 miles [968.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Wabaunsee County

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

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Maryland

Montgomery County

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

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Michigan

Jackson County

Our profile page for Watkins, 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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Minnesota

Meeker County

Our profile page for Watkins, Meeker County   [Map]
Distance: About 794 miles [1,277.8 km] to the Northwest

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Missouri

Dade County

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

Miller County

Our profile page for Watkins, Miller County   [Map]
Distance: About 627 miles [1,009.1 km] to the West

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Montana

Madison County

Our profile page for Watkins, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,607 miles [2,586.2 km] to the West Northwest

McCone County

Our profile page for Watkins, McCone County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,353 miles [2,177.4 km] to the West Northwest

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North Carolina

Vance County

Our profile page for Watkins, Vance County   [Map]
Distance: About 261 miles [420 km] to the South Southeast

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Ohio

Union County

Our profile page for Watkins, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 133 miles [214 km] to the West Northwest

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Oklahoma

Tulsa County

Our profile page for Watkins, Tulsa County   [Map]
Distance: About 862 miles [1,387.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Pennsylvania

Cambria County

Our profile page for Watkins, Cambria County   [Map]
Distance: About 132 miles [212.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Tennessee

Davidson County

Our profile page for Watkins, Davidson County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 407 miles [655 km] to the West Southwest

DeKalb County

Our profile page for Watkins, DeKalb County   [Map]
Distance: About 371 miles [597.1 km] to the Southwest

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Texas

Pecos County

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

Terrell County

Our profile page for Watkins, Terrell County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,361 miles [2,190.3 km] to the West Southwest

Van Zandt County

Our profile page for Watkins, Van Zandt County   [Map]
Distance: About 974 miles [1,567.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Halifax County

Our profile page for Watkins, Halifax County   [Map]
Distance: About 214 miles [344.4 km] to the South Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Watkins ...

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.

Childs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East of Watkins   [Map]
Dairy (OH)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Fly (OH)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Fly Ferry (OH)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Green Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Halls Mills   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Hannibal (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Lonetree   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Marion   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Minnie   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Porters Falls   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Reader   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Rockport (OH) (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Sistersville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Veto   -   2 miles [3.2 km] 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 Watkins. 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.

Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard
  Suffragette. She was born in Woodsfield (Ohio) on Friday November 10, 1826 and died in Saint Louis (Missouri) on Friday March 1, 1912 at an age of 85. She was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Woodsfield [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northwest of Watkins

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rebecca Ann Naylor Hazard<9>

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watkins. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5862, Longitude: -80.8609     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Watkins 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 Watkins 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 310.156 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.121 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.114 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 Watkins, 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 Watkins 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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