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Welcome to Alaska ...

So far, we have found very little information about Alaska. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Alaska to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Alaska, please Contact Us.


Alaska would have been located within present day Fayette County<2>.

The location of Alaska has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<3>

When the people of Alaska referred to themselves (known as a demonym), they are believed to have used Alaskan<4>

While the community is gone, the present day location for Alaska is 1,100 feet [335 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: The area where Alaska was located is in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The location where Alaska once stood is in the (304) and (681)<6> area codes.

Communities Also Named Alaska ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two West Virginia communities named Alaska: This one is located in Fayette County and the other is located in Mineral County.

Beyond West Virginia, there are 10 communities that are also named Alaska - they are located in Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania (2), Prince Edward Island and Wisconsin (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alaska.

Communities near Alaska ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Alaska.

  • Beckley [Raleigh County]
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    • Beckley [Raleigh County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the southwest of Alaska
    • Estimated population in 2019: 15,940 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Beckley<8>
  • Oak Hill [Fayette County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Hill
    • Oak Hill [Fayette County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the northwest of Alaska
    • Estimated population in 2019: 8,098 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Hill
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oak Hill<8>
  • Fayetteville [Fayette County]
  • Hinton [Summers County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hinton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hinton
    • Hinton [Summers County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the southeast of Alaska
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,357 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hinton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hinton<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Rainelle [Greenbrier County]
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      • Rainelle [Greenbrier County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the east of Alaska
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,520 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rainelle<8>
    • Ansted [Fayette County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ansted have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ansted
      • Ansted [Fayette County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the north of Alaska
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,305 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ansted<8>
    • Mount Hope [Fayette County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Hope
      • Mount Hope [Fayette County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the west of Alaska
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,274 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Hope
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Hope<8>
    • Mabscott [Raleigh County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mabscott have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mabscott
      • Mabscott [Raleigh County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the southwest of Alaska
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,263 people
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    • Sophia [Raleigh County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sophia have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sophia
      • Sophia [Raleigh County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the southwest of Alaska
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,231 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sophia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sophia<8>
    • Rupert [Greenbrier County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rupert have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rupert
      • Rupert [Greenbrier County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the east of Alaska
      • Estimated population in 2019: 894 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rupert
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rupert<8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alaska. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Alaska.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alaska. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alaska.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alaska. See our Newspapers Page for Alaska.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Alaska, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>If you're interested in how the shape of West Virginia's counties, including Fayette, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<3>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.
<4>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Alaska refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a community's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Alaska may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alaska - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304).
<7>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- Alaska) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alaska. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9146, Longitude: -81.0393       In this case, the coordinates for Alaska have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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