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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 58 miles [93.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). If you could walk a straight line from Williamson 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 over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 295 miles [474.8 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 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,170 miles [9,929.7 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 6,883 miles [11,077.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,759 miles [7,658.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Williamson ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Williamson.

While the name Williamson is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Yavapai County

Our profile page for Williamson, Yavapai County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,692 miles [2,723 km] to the West


Sevier County

Our profile page for Williamson, Sevier County   [Map]
Distance: About 721 miles [1,160.3 km] to the West Southwest


Pike County

Our profile page for Williamson, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 331 miles [532.7 km] to the South Southwest


Madison County

Our profile page for Williamson, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 415 miles [667.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Adams County

Our profile page for Williamson, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 697 miles [1,121.7 km] to the West Northwest

Lucas County

Our profile page for Williamson, Lucas County   [Map]
Distance: About 631 miles [1,015.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Saint Landry Parish

Our profile page for Williamson, Saint Landry Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 731 miles [1,176.4 km] to the Southwest

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Manistee County

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

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Wayne County

Our profile page for Williamson, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 466 miles [750 km] to the North Northeast

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Delaware County

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

Franklin County

Our profile page for Williamson, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 283 miles [455.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Travis County

Our profile page for Williamson, Travis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,026 miles [1,651.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Williamson ...

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.

Borderland   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest of Williamson   [Map]
Cinderella   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Goodman   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Goody (KY)   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Hardy (KY)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Narrows Branch (KY)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
New Camp (KY)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Road Fork (KY)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Stringtown (KY)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Turkey Creek (KY)   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Williamson. 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.

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 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast of Williamson

Stirrat [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Williamson

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<9>
Milalrd 'Dixie' Howell
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Harold (Kentucky) on Wednesday January 7, 1920 and died in Hollywood (Florida) on Friday March 18, 1960 at an age of 40. He was buried at Oak Lawn Cemetery (Luzerne County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Harold [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Williamson

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Milalrd 'Dixie' Howell

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Williamson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Williamson) 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 Williamson. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Williamson

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Williamson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6743, Longitude: -82.2713     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Williamson 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 Williamson 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 311.058 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.867 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.349 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 Williamson, 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 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 Williamson 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:

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