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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 Alexander, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Alexander 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 Alexander:
    • 38.782882, -80.222579
    • 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 Alexander
  • 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 Alexander ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Alexander.

Within West Virginia, the name Alexander is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another 28 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 28 communities, 26 are located in the United States and two are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Sumter County
      • This community is historic<1> and although located in Sumter County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Sumter County community of Alexander.
    • Alberta
      • This Alexander lies 1,886 miles [3,035.2 km]<2> to the northwest of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
    • Arkansas
      • Greene County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Arkansas community of Alexander [Greene County].
      • Saline County
      • This Alexander is located in Saline County and lies 734 miles [1,181.3 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saline County community of Alexander.
    • Colorado
      • Lake County
      • This community is historic<1> and although located in Lake County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lake County community of Alexander.
    • Georgia
      • Burke County
      • This Alexander is located in Burke County and lies 408 miles [656.6 km]<2> to the south southwest of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Burke County community of Alexander.
      • Paulding County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Alexander [Paulding County].
    • Idaho
      • Caribou County
      • This Alexander is located in Caribou County and lies 1,659 miles [2,669.9 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Caribou County community of Alexander.
    • Illinois
      • Kane County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Illinois community of Alexander [Kane County].
      • Morgan County
      • This Alexander is located in Morgan County and lies 528 miles [849.7 km]<2> to the west of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Morgan County community of Alexander.
    • Iowa
      • Franklin County
      • This Alexander is located in Franklin County and lies 745 miles [1,199 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Franklin County community of Alexander.
    • Kansas
      • Douglas County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Alexander [Douglas County].
      • Rush County
      • This Alexander is located in Rush County and lies 1,041 miles [1,675.3 km]<2> to the west of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rush County community of Alexander.
    • Kentucky
      • Allen County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Alexander [Allen County].
      • Fulton County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Alexander [Fulton County].
    • Maine
      • Washington County
      • This Alexander is located in Washington County and lies 785 miles [1,263.3 km]<2> to the northeast of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washington County community of Alexander.
    • Manitoba
      • This Alexander lies 1,244 miles [2,002 km]<2> to the northwest of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
    • Michigan
      • Chippewa County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Alexander [Chippewa County].
      • Crawford County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Alexander [Crawford County].
    • Mississippi
      • Issaquena County
      • 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 Mississippi community of Alexander [Issaquena County].
    • Nevada
      • Elko County
      • This community is historic<1> and although located in Elko County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Elko County community of Alexander.
    • New York
      • Genesee County
      • This Alexander is located in Genesee County and lies 302 miles [486 km]<2> to the north northeast of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Genesee County community of Alexander.
    • North Carolina
      • Buncombe County
      • This Alexander is located in Buncombe County and lies 250 miles [402.3 km]<2> to the south southwest of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Buncombe County community of Alexander.
    • North Dakota
      • McKenzie County
      • This Alexander is located in McKenzie County and lies 1,325 miles [2,132.4 km]<2> to the northwest of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the McKenzie County community of Alexander.
    • Ohio
      • Athens County
      • This community is historic<1> and although located in Athens County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Athens County community of Alexander.
      • Cuyahoga County
      • This Alexander is located in Cuyahoga County and lies 191 miles [307.4 km]<2> to the north northwest of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cuyahoga County community of Alexander.
    • South Carolina
      • Pickens County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the South Carolina community of Alexander [Pickens County].
    • Texas
      • Erath County
      • This Alexander is located in Erath County and lies 1,110 miles [1,786.4 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Alexander that is located in Upshur County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Erath County community of Alexander.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alexander ...

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.

  • Carter [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carter
    • Carter [Upshur County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Alexander
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carter have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carter
  • Chemical [Upshur County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chemical
    • Chemical [Upshur County] was located less than 2 miles<2> to the south of Alexander
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chemical have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Czar [Randolph County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Czar
    • Czar [Randolph County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Alexander
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Czar have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Czar
  • Eden [Upshur County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eden
    • Eden [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Alexander
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eden have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eden
  • Continue List   (10 more) ...
    • Evergreen [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evergreen
      • Evergreen [Upshur County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the north of Alexander
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evergreen have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evergreen
    • Hemlock [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hemlock
      • Hemlock [Upshur County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the east of Alexander
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hemlock have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hemlock
    • Holly Grove [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holly Grove
      • Holly Grove [Upshur County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the west of Alexander
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holly Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holly Grove
    • Imperial [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Imperial
      • Imperial [Upshur County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the north of Alexander
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Imperial have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Imperial
    • Palace Valley [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palace Valley
      • Palace Valley [Upshur County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Alexander
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Palace Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palace Valley
    • Queens [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Queens
      • Queens [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Alexander
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Queens
    • Sellers [Upshur County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sellers
      • Sellers [Upshur County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the north of Alexander
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sellers have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Silica [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silica
      • Silica [Randolph County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the south of Alexander
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silica have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silica
    • Tenmile [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tenmile
      • Tenmile [Upshur County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the north of Alexander
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tenmile have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tenmile
    • Zion [Upshur County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zion
      • Zion [Upshur County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the west of Alexander
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Zion have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zion

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 Alexander. 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 ...
    • Harvey Bailey     (Crime figure)
      • Full name: John Harvey Bailey
      • Crime figure. He was born in Jane Lew (WV) on August 23, 1887 (a Tueday) and died in Joplin (MO) on March 1, 1979 (a Thursday) at the age of 91.
      • Jane Lew is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northwest of Alexander.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harvey Bailey<5>
    • Marshall 'Biggie' Goldberg     (Professional football)

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Buckhannon, which is the Seat of Upshur County and lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the north. If you could walk a straight line from Alexander to Buckhannon, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 81 miles [130.4 km] to the west southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 171 miles [275.2 km] to the east (E). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,036 miles [9,714 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,748 miles [10,859.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,624 miles [7,441.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alexander. 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 Alexander, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>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 from Point A (ie- Alexander) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alexander. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7829, Longitude: -80.2226       In this case, the coordinates for Alexander have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>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 Alexander 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.
<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 Alexander 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 309.796 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.591 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.112 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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