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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Fairmont [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 110 miles [177 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Watson 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 171 miles [275.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,003 miles [9,660.9 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 6,718 miles [10,811.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,593 miles [7,391.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Watson ...

We have found 57 communities that share the name Watson.

While the name Watson is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 57 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Watson, Cherokee County   [Map]
Distance: About 463 miles [745.1 km] to the Southwest

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Watson, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 548 miles [881.9 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Watson, Calhoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 786 miles [1,264.9 km] to the West Southwest

Desha County

Our profile page for Watson, Desha County   [Map]
Distance: About 724 miles [1,165.2 km] to the West Southwest

Woodruff County

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

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British Columbia

Our profile page for Watson   [Map]
Distance: About 2,315 miles [3,725.6 km] to the Northwest

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California

Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Watson, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,129 miles [3,426.3 km] to the West

Tehama County

Our profile page for Watson, Tehama County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,235 miles [3,596.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Colorado

Pitkin County

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

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Florida

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Watson, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 629 miles [1,012.3 km] to the South Southwest

Palm Beach County

Our profile page for Watson, Palm Beach County   [Map]
Distance: About 882 miles [1,419.4 km] to the South

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Georgia

Cherokee County

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

Thomas County

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

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Illinois

Effingham County

Our profile page for Watson, Effingham County   [Map]
Distance: About 450 miles [724.2 km] to the West

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Indiana

Clark County

Our profile page for Watson, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 307 miles [494.1 km] to the West Southwest

Greene County

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

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Iowa

Clayton County

Our profile page for Watson, Clayton County   [Map]
Distance: About 630 miles [1,013.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Kiowa County

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

Lane County

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

Shawnee County

Our profile page for Watson, Shawnee County   [Map]
Distance: About 823 miles [1,324.5 km] to the West

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Kentucky

Adair County

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

Estill County

Our profile page for Watson, Estill County   [Map]
Distance: About 231 miles [371.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Louisiana

Livingston Parish

Our profile page for Watson, Livingston Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 864 miles [1,390.5 km] to the Southwest

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Maine

Aroostook County

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

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Massachusetts

Franklin County

Our profile page for Watson, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 435 miles [700.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Michigan

Allegan County

Our profile page for Watson, Allegan County   [Map]
Distance: About 358 miles [576.1 km] to the Northwest

Marquette County

Our profile page for Watson, Marquette County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 582 miles [936.6 km] to the Northwest

Montmorency County

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

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Minnesota

Chippewa County

Our profile page for Watson, Chippewa County   [Map]
Distance: About 884 miles [1,422.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Mississippi

Marshall County

Our profile page for Watson, Marshall County   [Map]
Distance: About 615 miles [989.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Atchison County

Our profile page for Watson, Atchison County   [Map]
Distance: About 820 miles [1,319.7 km] to the West

Pike County

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

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Montana

Cascade County

Our profile page for Watson, Cascade County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,642 miles [2,642.5 km] to the West Northwest

Meagher County

Our profile page for Watson, Meagher County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,638 miles [2,636.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Knox County

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

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New Mexico

Dona Ana County

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

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New York

Lewis County

Our profile page for Watson, Lewis County   [Map]
Distance: About 384 miles [618 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Union County

Our profile page for Watson, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 303 miles [487.6 km] to the South

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North Dakota

Cass County

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

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Ohio

Seneca County

Our profile page for Watson, Seneca County   [Map]
Distance: About 195 miles [313.8 km] to the Northwest

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Oklahoma

McCurtain County

Our profile page for Watson, McCurtain County   [Map]
Distance: About 865 miles [1,392.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Oregon

Malheur County

Our profile page for Watson, Malheur County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,933 miles [3,110.9 km] to the West Northwest

Multnomah County

Our profile page for Watson, Multnomah County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,173 miles [3,497.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

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

Forest County

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

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Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Watson   [Map]
Distance: About 1,451 miles [2,335.2 km] to the Northwest

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Tennessee

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Watson, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 349 miles [561.7 km] to the Southwest

Hickman County

Our profile page for Watson, Hickman County   [Map]
Distance: About 477 miles [767.7 km] to the West Southwest

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Watson, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 424 miles [682.4 km] to the Southwest

Williamson County

Our profile page for Watson, Williamson County   [Map]
Distance: About 440 miles [708.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Burnet County

Our profile page for Watson, Burnet County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,163 miles [1,871.7 km] to the West Southwest

Comanche County

Our profile page for Watson, Comanche County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,162 miles [1,870.1 km] to the West Southwest

Red River County

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

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Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Watson, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,668 miles [2,684.4 km] to the West Northwest

Uintah County

Our profile page for Watson, Uintah County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,534 miles [2,468.7 km] to the West

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Virginia

Loudoun County

Our profile page for Watson, Loudoun County   [Map]
Distance: About 140 miles [225.3 km] to the East Southeast

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Yukon

Our profile page for Watson   [Map]
Distance: About 2,715 miles [4,369.4 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Watson ...

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.

Barrackville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North of Watson   [Map]
Dakota   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Garden Village   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Graham Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Helens Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Hillview   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Hopewell   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Katy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Meadowdale   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Montana   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
New England   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Pettyjohn (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Shagtown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Wahoo   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [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 Watson. 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 16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast of Watson

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Watson

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County: www.marioncountywv.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' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Watson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Watson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4637, Longitude: -80.1601     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Watson 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 Watson 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 309.732 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.62 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.848 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 Watson 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 Watson, 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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