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Alpena, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Alpena to ...

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Alpena and extending to:

  • Elkins [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Alpena to Elkins, with an average speed<2> 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 113 miles [181.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 140 miles [225.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,007 miles [9,667.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,718 miles [10,811.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,594 miles [7,393.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Alpena ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Alpena.

While the name Alpena is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Boone County

Our profile page for Alpena, Boone County   [Map]

Distance: About 767 miles [1,234.4 km] to the West.


Lewis County

Our profile page for Alpena, Lewis County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Lewis County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Alpena County

Our profile page for Alpena, Alpena County   [Map]

Distance: About 467 miles [751.6 km] to the North Northwest.

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Alpena   [Map]

Distance: About 853 miles [1,372.8 km] to the East Northeast.

South Dakota

Jerauld County

Our profile page for Alpena, Jerauld County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,030 miles [1,657.6 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alpena ...

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.

Cheat Junction   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest of Alpena   [Map]

Dryfork   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Elk   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Elk River Junction   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Evenwood   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Flint   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Harpertown   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Job   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Little Italy   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lumber (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Meadows   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Mill Run (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Perlytown (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Pleasant Run   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Read   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Stringtown (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [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 Alpena. 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.

Andrew Wasil Seminick

Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (West Virginia) on Sunday September 12, 1920 and died in Melbourne (Florida) on Sunday February 22, 2004 at an age of 83.

Pierce [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Alpena

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alpena) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alpena. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9098, Longitude: -79.6512     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alpena have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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<3>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 Alpena to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.446 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.212 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.821 degrees.

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<7>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 Alpena 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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<8>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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