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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Tacoma [Map], which is the Seat of Pierce County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from South Hill to Tacoma, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Olympia [Map], which is the State Capital of Washington, lies 30 miles [48.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,318 miles [3,730.5 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take 5 days, a buggy would take 91 days and walking would take 132 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,802 miles [10,946.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,565 miles [12,174.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,685 miles [9,149.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named South Hill ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name South Hill.

While the name South Hill is unique within Washington, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Washington


DeKalb County

Our profile page for South Hill, DeKalb County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,064 miles [3,321.7 km] to the East Southeast


Butler County

Our profile page for South Hill, Butler County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,921 miles [3,091.5 km] to the East

New York

Tompkins County

Our profile page for South Hill, Tompkins County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,234 miles [3,595.3 km] to the East


Our profile page for South Hill
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Bradford County

Our profile page for South Hill, Bradford County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,262 miles [3,640.3 km] to the East

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Chesapeake City

Our profile page for South Hill, Chesapeake City   [Map]
Distance: About 2,428 miles [3,907.5 km] to the East

Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for South Hill, Mecklenburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,343 miles [3,770.7 km] to the East

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Curious and Interesting Names Near South Hill ...

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.

Cedarview   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East of South Hill   [Map]
Croker   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Elk Plain   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Fern Hill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Firwood (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Gardenville (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Graham   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Loveland   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Meeker   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Prairie Ridge   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Rocky Ridge   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Stuck   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Tanwax   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Thrift   -   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 South Hill. 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.

Paul Gardner Allen
  Businessman, philanthropist. He was born on Wednesday January 21, 1953 and died in Mercer Island (Washington) on Monday October 15, 2018 at an age of 65. He was buried at Acacia Memorial Park (King County, Washington) [Map].

Mercer Island [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of South Hill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Gardner Allen<7>
Earl Douglas Averill, Jr.
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Cleveland (Ohio) on Wednesday September 9, 1931 and died in Tacoma (Washington) on Wednesday May 13, 2015 at an age of 83.

Tacoma [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest of South Hill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Douglas Averill, Jr.
Bing Crosby
  Singer, Oscar winning actor. He was born in Tacoma (Washington) on Sunday May 3, 1903 and died in Madrid (Spain) [Map] on Friday October 14, 1977 at an age of 74.

Tacoma [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest of South Hill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bing Crosby

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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' distance that begins in South Hill. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- South Hill) 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 South Hill. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South Hill

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.1412, Longitude: -122.2701     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Hill 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 South Hill 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 340.80 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 342.32 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 327.752 degrees.

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<7>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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