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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Vandergrift, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Vandergrift and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Vandergrift:
    • 40.600899, -79.579211
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Vandergrift
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near Vandergrift ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Apollo [Armstrong County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Apollo
    • Apollo [Armstrong County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Vandergrift
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,507 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Apollo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Apollo
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Apollo<3>
  • Cherry Lane [Armstrong County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherry Lane
    • Cherry Lane [Armstrong County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Vandergrift
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cherry Lane have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cherry Lane
  • Georgetown [Armstrong County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Georgetown
    • Georgetown [Armstrong County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Vandergrift
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Georgetown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Georgetown
  • Hungry Hollow [Armstrong County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hungry Hollow
    • Hungry Hollow [Armstrong County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Vandergrift
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hungry Hollow have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hungry Hollow
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    • Leechburg [Armstrong County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leechburg
      • Leechburg [Armstrong County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Vandergrift
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,969 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leechburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Leechburg<3>
    • Oklahoma [Westmoreland County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oklahoma
      • Oklahoma [Westmoreland County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Vandergrift
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 739 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oklahoma have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oklahoma
    • Orchard Hills [Armstrong County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orchard Hills
      • Orchard Hills [Armstrong County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Vandergrift
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Orchard Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orchard Hills
    • Pleasant View [Armstrong County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant View
      • Pleasant View [Armstrong County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Vandergrift
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant View have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant View
    • River View [Armstrong County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for River View
      • River View [Armstrong County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Vandergrift
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for River View have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on River View

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 Vandergrift. 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.

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    • John Charles Barclay     (Inventor)
      • Inventor. He was born in Greensburg (Pennsylvania) on Thursday April 17, 1856 and died in Easton (Pennsylvania) on Friday August 24, 1934 at the age of 78. He is buried at Mt. Hebron Cemetery (Essex County, New Jersey).
      • Greensburg is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Charles Barclay<4>
    • Nellie Bly     (Journalist)
      • Journalist. She was born in Cochrans Mills (Pennsylvania) on Thursday May 5, 1864 and died in Bronx (New York) on Friday January 27, 1922 at the age of 57. She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Bronx County, New York).
      • Cochrans Mills is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nellie Bly<4>
    • William Dickson Boyce     (Founder of the Boy Scouts of America)
      • Founder of the Boy Scouts of America. He was born in New Texas (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday June 16, 1858 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Tueday June 11, 1929 at the age of 71. He is buried at Ottawa Ave. Cemetery (La Salle County, Illinois).
      • New Texas is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Dickson Boyce<4>
    • Don Brockett     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Lawrenceville (Pennsylvania) on Thursday January 30, 1930 and died in Lawrenceville (Pennsylvania) on Tueday May 2, 1995 at the age of 65. He is buried at Allegheny Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania).
      • Lawrenceville is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Vandergrift.
      • Lawrenceville is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Brockett<4>
    • John Mitchell Brooks     (Civil rights activist)
      • Civil rights activist. He was born in Braddock (Pennsylvania) on Saturday September 1, 1917 and died in Richmond (Virginia) on Friday August 8, 1980 at the age of 62. He is buried at Riverview Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia).
      • Braddock is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Mitchell Brooks<4>
    • Doug Buffone     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Yatesboro (Pennsylvania) on Tueday June 27, 1944 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Monday April 20, 2015 at the age of 70. He is buried at Graceland Cemetery (Macon County, Illinois).
      • Yatesboro is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northeast of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Doug Buffone<4>
    • James 'Buster' Clarkson     (Negro League Baseball)
      • Negro League Baseball. He was born in Hopkins (South Carolina) on Thursday March 13, 1913 and died in Jeannette (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday January 18, 1989 at the age of 75. He is buried at Brush Creek Cemetery (Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania).
      • Jeannette is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James 'Buster' Clarkson<4>
    • Lloyd Colteryahn     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Brentwood (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday August 26, 1931 and died in Dunedin (Florida) on Monday May 2, 2011 at the age of 79. He is buried at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery (Prince George's County, Maryland).
      • Brentwood is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lloyd Colteryahn<4>
    • William Eythe     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Mars (Pennsylvania) on Sunday April 7, 1918 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday January 26, 1957 at the age of 38. He is buried at St. Peters Cemetery (Butler County, Pennsylvania).
      • Mars is located 23 miles [37 km] to the west of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Eythe<4>
    • Stephen Foster     (Composer)
      • Composer. He was born in Lawrenceville (Pennsylvania) on Tueday July 4, 1826 and died in New York (New York) on Wednesday January 13, 1864 at the age of 37. He is buried at Allegheny Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania).
      • Lawrenceville is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Stephen Foster<4>
    • Paul Mitchell 'Mitch' Frerotte     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Laird Crossing (Pennsylvania) on Tueday March 30, 1965 and died in Kittanning (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday June 11, 2008 at the age of 43. He is buried at Kittanning Cemetery (Armstrong County, Pennsylvania).
      • Laird Crossing is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Vandergrift.
      • Kittanning is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Mitchell 'Mitch' Frerotte<4>
    • Robert Emmet Heidrick     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Queenstown (Pennsylvania) on Saturday July 29, 1876 and died in Clarion (Pennsylvania) on Thursday January 20, 1916 at the age of 39. He is buried at Clarion Cemetery (Clarion County, Pennsylvania).
      • Queenstown is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Emmet Heidrick<4>
    • Fred McCarren     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Butler (Pennsylvania) on Thursday April 12, 1951 and died in Butler (Pennsylvania) on Sunday July 2, 2006 at the age of 55. He is buried at North Side Cemetery (Butler County, Pennsylvania).
      • Butler is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northwest of Vandergrift.
      • Butler is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northwest of Vandergrift.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Fred McCarren<4>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Vandergrift and extending to:

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    • Greensburg, which is the Seat of Westmoreland County and lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south. If you could walk a straight line from Vandergrift to Greensburg, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
    • Harrisburg, which is the State Capital of Pennsylvania, lies 143 miles [230.1 km] to the east (E). 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) is 179 miles [288.1 km] to the southeast (SE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 11 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,930 miles [9,543.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,647 miles [10,697.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,523 miles [7,279.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Westmoreland County: www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/

The official website for State of Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Vandergrift) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Vandergrift. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from VandergriftOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vandergrift. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.6009, Longitude: -79.5792       In this case, the coordinates for Vandergrift have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Vandergrift to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.321 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.326 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.177 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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