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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 144 miles [231.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Wellsburg to Charleston, with an average speed<2>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 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 212 miles [341.2 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 5,985 miles [9,631.9 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 6,704 miles [10,789 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,580 miles [7,370.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wellsburg ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Wellsburg.

While the name Wellsburg is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Wells County

Our profile page for Wellsburg, Wells County   [Map]
Distance: About 243 miles [391.1 km] to the West


Grundy County

Our profile page for Wellsburg, Grundy County   [Map]
Distance: About 654 miles [1,052.5 km] to the West Northwest


Bracken County

Our profile page for Wellsburg, Bracken County   [Map]
Distance: About 213 miles [342.8 km] to the West Southwest


Chippewa County

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

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New York

Chemung County

Our profile page for Wellsburg, Chemung County   [Map]
Distance: About 234 miles [376.6 km] to the East Northeast

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North Dakota

Wells County

Our profile page for Wellsburg, Wells County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,079 miles [1,736.5 km] to the Northwest

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Erie County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Wellsburg ...

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.

Arnold   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast of Wellsburg   [Map]
Brilliant (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Deandale (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Dutch Town   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Franklin   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Georges Run (OH)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Louise   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mingo Junction (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Rabbit Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Rockdale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Salt Run (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Shank Town   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Wellsburg. 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 34 miles [54.7 km] to the east of Wellsburg

Sewickley [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northeast of Wellsburg

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Caitlin Clarke<8>
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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Wellsburg

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charley Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd
Clark Gable     (William Clark Gable)
  Oscar winning actor. He was born in Cadiz (Ohio) on Friday February 1, 1901 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday November 16, 1960 at an age of 59. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cadiz [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Wellsburg

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clark Gable
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 north of Wellsburg

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast of Wellsburg

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Holmes McGuffey

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Wellsburg. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wellsburg

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wellsburg. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.2810, Longitude: -80.6102     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wellsburg 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 Wellsburg 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 309.974 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.018 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.759 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Wellsburg 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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