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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 Alston, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Alston and the surrounding area.

  • 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 Alston:
    • 39.026214, -79.940908
    • 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 Alston
  • 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 Alston ...

We have found nine communities that share the name Alston.

Within West Virginia, the name Alston is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another nine communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arkansas
      • Franklin County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Arkansas community of Alston [Franklin County].
    • Georgia
      • Montgomery County
      • This Alston is located in Montgomery County and lies 500 miles [804.7 km]<2> to the south southwest of the Alston that is located in Barbour County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Montgomery County community of Alston.
      • Stewart County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Alston [Stewart County].
    • Kentucky
      • Ohio County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Alston [Ohio County].
    • Michigan
      • Houghton County
      • This Alston is located in Houghton County and lies 695 miles [1,118.5 km]<2> to the northwest of the Alston that is located in Barbour County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Houghton County community of Alston.
    • Missouri
      • Barton County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Barton County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Barton County community of Alston.
    • Oklahoma
      • Woodward County
      • This Alston is located in Woodward County and lies 1,069 miles [1,720.4 km]<2> to the west of the Alston that is located in Barbour County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Woodward County community of Alston.
    • Oregon
      • Columbia County
      • This Alston is located in Columbia County and lies 2,217 miles [3,567.9 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Alston that is located in Barbour County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Columbia County community of Alston.
    • South Carolina
      • Fairfield County
      • This Alston is located in Fairfield County and lies 338 miles [544 km]<2> to the south southwest of the Alston that is located in Barbour County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fairfield County community of Alston.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Alston ...

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.

  • Aggregates [Randolph County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aggregates
    • Aggregates [Randolph County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the south of Alston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aggregates have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aggregates
  • Crystal Springs [Randolph County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crystal Springs
    • Crystal Springs [Randolph County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Alston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crystal Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crystal Springs
  • Flora [Barbour County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flora
    • Flora [Barbour County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the north of Alston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flora have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Gage [Barbour County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gage
    • Gage [Barbour County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the south of Alston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gage have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gage
  • Continue List   (9 more) ...
    • Jones [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jones
      • Jones [Barbour County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the northwest of Alston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jones have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jones
    • Junior [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Junior
      • Junior [Barbour County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the south of Alston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 483 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Junior have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Junior
    • Meadowville [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadowville
      • Meadowville [Barbour County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the north of Alston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadowville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadowville
    • Mount Liberty [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Liberty
      • Mount Liberty [Barbour County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Alston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Liberty have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Liberty
    • Roaring Creek Junction [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roaring Creek Junction
      • Roaring Creek Junction [Randolph County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the south of Alston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Roaring Creek Junction have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roaring Creek Junction
    • Skidmore [Barbour County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Skidmore
      • Skidmore [Barbour County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the southwest of Alston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Skidmore have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Stringtown [Barbour County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stringtown
      • Stringtown [Barbour County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the east of Alston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stringtown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stringtown
    • Valley Bend [Barbour County]
    • Weaver [Randolph County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weaver
      • Weaver [Randolph County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the south of Alston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weaver

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 Alston. 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.

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    • 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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Alston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harvey Bailey<6>
    • Marshall 'Biggie' Goldberg     (Professional football)
    • Reverend Robert S. Graetz     (Minister, activist)
      • Minister, activist. He was born in Clarksburg (WV) on May 16, 1928 (a Wednesday) and died in Montgomery (AL) on September 20, 2020 (a Sunday) at the age of 92. We don't have any burial details.
      • Clarksburg is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northwest of Alston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reverend Robert S. Graetz<6>
    • Anna Marie Jarvis     (Founder of Mother's Day, social activist)
      • Founder of Mother's Day, social activist. She was born in Webster (WV) on May 1, 1864 (a Sunday) and died in West Chester (PA) on November 24, 1948 (a Wednesday) at the age of 84. She is buried at Bluemont Cemetery (Taylor County, West Virginia).
      • Webster is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Alston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anna Marie Jarvis<6>
    • Andrew Wasil Seminick     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Pierce (WV) on September 12, 1920 (a Sunday) and died in Melbourne (FL) on February 22, 2004 (a Sunday) at the age of 83.
      • Pierce is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Alston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Wasil Seminick<6>
    • Frankie R. Yankovic     (Musician, bandleader)

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

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

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    • Philippi, which is the Seat of Barbour County and lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the north northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Alston to Philippi, with an average speed<7> 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, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 102 miles [164.2 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 three full days and walking would take 6 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 156 miles [251.1 km] to the east (E). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,013 miles [9,677 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,726 miles [10,824.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,602 miles [7,406.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alston. 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>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 Alston 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.
<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- Alston) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0262, Longitude: -79.9409       In this case, the coordinates for Alston have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>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 Alston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Alston to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.617 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.423 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.906 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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