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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Madison [Map], which is the Seat of Boone County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Wharton to Madison, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 30 miles [48.3 km] to the North (N). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 260 miles [418.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 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 6,135 miles [9,873.3 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 6,848 miles [11,020.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,723 miles [7,600.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wharton ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Wharton.

While the name Wharton is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Cherokee County

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


Madison County

Our profile page for Wharton, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 671 miles [1,079.9 km] to the West

North Carolina

Beaufort County

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

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Wharton   [Map]
Distance: About 1,027 miles [1,652.8 km] to the Northeast

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Noble County

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

Scioto County

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

Wyandot County

Our profile page for Wharton, Wyandot County   [Map]
Distance: About 225 miles [362.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Cherokee County

Our profile page for Wharton, 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.

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Philadelphia County

Our profile page for Wharton, Philadelphia County   [Map]
Distance: About 377 miles [606.7 km] to the East Northeast

Potter County

Our profile page for Wharton, Potter County   [Map]
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the Northeast

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Wharton County

Our profile page for Wharton, Wharton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,017 miles [1,636.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Wharton ...

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.

Bald Knob   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast of Wharton   [Map]
Bob White   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Gordon   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Greenwood   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Marthatown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pardee   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Rocklick   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Stark   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Twilight   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Wharton. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Wharton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>
William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the west of Wharton

Stirrat [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Wharton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wharton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9034, Longitude: -81.6773     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wharton 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 Wharton 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 310.696 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.487 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.025 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Wharton 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 Wharton, 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:

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