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A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Alaska, West Virginia
(Fayette County)

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The location of Alaska

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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.

When the people of Alaska referred to themselves (known as a demonym), they are believed to have used Alaskan<2>

While the community is gone, the present day location for Alaska is 1,100 feet [335 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

If Alaska still existed, it would have been in the (304) and (681)<4> area codes.

Communities near Alaska ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Alaska and not the distance if you drove it.<5>.

Community   2017<6>
Ansted   [Map]   1,353   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Beckley   [Map]   16,404   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Fayetteville   [Map]   2,772   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
Hinton   [Map]   2,448   SE   18 miles [29 km]
Mabscott   [Map]   1,298   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Mount Hope   [Map]   1,310   W   6 miles [9.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Alaska.

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.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alaska. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alaska.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Alaska:

Search for Local Businesses ...

We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities. Since Alaska no longer exists, the following searches are centered on the area where it would have stood. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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The Communities of West Virginia

About Fayette County

About West Virginia

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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.

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<2>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.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alaska - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304). For more about area code overlays, please see our Glossary for Alaska.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Alaska. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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 that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9146, Longitude: -81.0393     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alaska have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<6>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Alaska.

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<7>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alaska.


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