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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Alaska to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Alaska to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Alaska once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Alaska to:

  • Fayetteville [Map], which is the Seat of Fayette County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Alaska to Fayetteville, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 43 miles [69.2 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 226 miles [363.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,108 miles [9,829.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,819 miles [10,974.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,695 miles [7,555.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Alaska ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Alaska.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Alaska. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 9 communities in the United States and Canada - with 9 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Morgan County

Our profile page for Alaska, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 320 miles [515 km] to the West Northwest


Kent County

Our profile page for Alaska, Kent County   [Map]
Distance: About 412 miles [663 km] to the North Northwest

New Mexico

Cibola County

Our profile page for Alaska, Cibola County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,482 miles [2,385 km] to the West


Van Wert County

Our profile page for Alaska, Van Wert County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Van Wert County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Alaska, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the North Northeast

Northumberland County

Our profile page for Alaska, Northumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 315 miles [506.9 km] to the Northeast

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Prince Edward Island

Our profile page for Alaska   [Map]
Distance: About 1,049 miles [1,688.2 km] to the Northeast

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Kewaunee County

Our profile page for Alaska, Kewaunee County   [Map]
Distance: About 566 miles [910.9 km] to the Northwest

Waukesha County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Alaska ...

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.

Chestnut Knob   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East of Alaska   [Map]
Export (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Fire Creek (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Greenwood (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Harvey   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Hemlock   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Kathryn   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Layland   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Layland Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Maplewood   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Meadow Fork   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Prince   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Prudence   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Red Ash (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Rocklick   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Royal (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Rush Run (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Terry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Terry Junction   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [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 Alaska. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Alaska

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<9>

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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>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins 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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<3>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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<4>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 Alaska to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.312 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.05 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.75 degrees.

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<8>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Alaska 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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<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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