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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 Alderson, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Alderson 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 Alderson:
    • 37.728358, -80.641694
    • 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 Alderson
  • 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

Communities Also Named Alderson ...

We have found five communities that share the name Alderson.

Within West Virginia, the name Alderson is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another five communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these five communities, four are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alberta
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Alberta community of Alderson.
    • Illinois
      • Fayette County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Illinois community of Alderson [Fayette County].
    • Michigan
      • Newaygo County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Alderson [Newaygo County].
    • Oklahoma
      • Pittsburg County
      • This Alderson is located in Pittsburg County and lies 858 miles [1,380.8 km]<3> to the west of the Alderson that is located in Greenbrier County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alderson
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pittsburg County community of Alderson.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Luzerne County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Pennsylvania community of Alderson [Luzerne County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alderson ...

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.

  • Blue Sulphur Springs [Greenbrier County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blue Sulphur Springs
    • Blue Sulphur Springs [Greenbrier County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<3> to the north of Alderson
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blue Sulphur Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blue Sulphur Springs
  • Creamery [Monroe County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Creamery
    • Creamery [Monroe County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<3> to the south of Alderson
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Creamery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Creamery
  • Egypt [Summers County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Egypt
    • Egypt [Summers County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<3> to the southwest of Alderson
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Egypt have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Grahams Ferry [Summers County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grahams Ferry
    • Grahams Ferry [Summers County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<3> to the southwest of Alderson
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grahams Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grahams Ferry
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    • Grassy Meadows [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grassy Meadows
      • Grassy Meadows [Greenbrier County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<3> to the northwest of Alderson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grassy Meadows have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grassy Meadows
    • Half Way [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Half Way
      • Half Way [Greenbrier County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<3> to the east of Alderson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Half Way have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Half Way
    • Hickory Grove [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hickory Grove
      • Hickory Grove [Greenbrier County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<3> to the north of Alderson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hickory Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hickory Grove
    • Hokes Mill [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hokes Mill
      • Hokes Mill [Greenbrier County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<3> to the east of Alderson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hokes Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hokes Mill
    • Knobs [Monroe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Knobs
      • Knobs [Monroe County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<3> to the south of Alderson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Knobs have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Knobs
    • Palestine [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palestine
      • Palestine [Greenbrier County] lies less than 2 miles<3> to the northeast of Alderson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Palestine have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palestine
    • Rockland [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockland
      • Rockland [Greenbrier County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<3> to the east of Alderson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockland have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockland
    • Sinks Grove [Monroe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sinks Grove
      • Sinks Grove [Monroe County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<3> to the southeast of Alderson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sinks Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sinks Grove
    • Snowflake [Greenbrier County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Snowflake
      • Snowflake [Greenbrier County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<3> to the east of Alderson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Snowflake have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Snowflake
    • Wolfcreek [Monroe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wolfcreek
      • Wolfcreek [Monroe County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<3> to the south of Alderson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wolfcreek have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wolfcreek

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 Alderson. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Katherine Johnson     (Mathematician)
      • Mathematician. She was born in White Sulphur Springs (WV) on August 26, 1918 (a Monday) and died in Newport News (VA) on February 24, 2020 (a Monday) at the age of 101. We don't have any burial details.
      • White Sulphur Springs is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Alderson.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Katherine Johnson<5>

How Far From Alderson 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 town such as Alderson to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Lewisburg, which is the Seat of Greenbrier County and lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<3> to the east northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Alderson to Lewisburg, with an average speed<6> 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.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 68 miles [109.4 km] to the northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 211 miles [339.6 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 12 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,100 miles [9,817 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,809 miles [10,958 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,685 miles [7,539.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Greenbrier County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 Alderson, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Alderson 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.
<3>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alderson) 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 Alderson. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AldersonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alderson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7284, Longitude: -80.6417    
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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.
<7>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 Alderson to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.077 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.755 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.643 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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