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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Petersburg [Map], which is the Seat of Grant County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Williamsport to Petersburg, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day 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 151 miles [243 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 108 miles [173.8 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,968 miles [9,604.6 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 6,679 miles [10,748.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,555 miles [7,330.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Williamsport ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Williamsport.

While the name Williamsport is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 17 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Warren County

Our profile page for Williamsport, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 445 miles [716.2 km] to the West Northwest


Pratt County

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

Shawnee County

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


Johnson County

Our profile page for Williamsport, Johnson County   [Map]
Distance: About 221 miles [355.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Pointe Coupee Parish

Our profile page for Williamsport, Pointe Coupee Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 914 miles [1,470.9 km] to the Southwest

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Washington County

Our profile page for Williamsport, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 70 miles [112.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Manistee County

Our profile page for Williamsport, Manistee County   [Map]
Distance: About 514 miles [827.2 km] to the Northwest

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Our profile page for Williamsport   [Map]
Distance: About 1,351 miles [2,174.2 km] to the Northeast

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Emmons County

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

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Columbiana County

Our profile page for Williamsport, Columbiana County   [Map]
Distance: About 135 miles [217.3 km] to the Northwest

Morrow County

Our profile page for Williamsport, Morrow County   [Map]
Distance: About 217 miles [349.2 km] to the West Northwest

Pickaway County

Our profile page for Williamsport, Pickaway County   [Map]
Distance: About 219 miles [352.4 km] to the West

Stark County

Our profile page for Williamsport, Stark County   [Map]
Distance: About 161 miles [259.1 km] to the Northwest

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Our profile page for Williamsport   [Map]
Distance: About 428 miles [688.8 km] to the North

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Lycoming County

Our profile page for Williamsport, Lycoming County   [Map]
Distance: About 176 miles [283.2 km] to the Northeast

Northampton County

Our profile page for Williamsport, Northampton County   [Map]
Distance: About 226 miles [363.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Maury County

Our profile page for Williamsport, Maury County   [Map]
Distance: About 510 miles [820.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Williamsport ...

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.

Arthur   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest of Williamsport   [Map]
Claysville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]
Falls   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Fisher   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]
Fort Run   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Greenland   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Hartmansville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Markwood   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Martin   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Maysville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Meadow   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Medley   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sector   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Skyline   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Walnut Bottom   -   6 miles [9.7 km] 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 Williamsport. 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.

Andrew Wasil Seminick
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Williamsport

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Williamsport. 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 'straight-line' distance that starts in Williamsport. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Williamsport) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Williamsport. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2015, Longitude: -79.0281     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Williamsport 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 Williamsport 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 309.059 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 304.814 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.448 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 Williamsport 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 Williamsport, 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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