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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 Arista, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Arista 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 Arista:
    • 37.472616, -81.260656
    • 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 Arista
  • 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 Arista ...

We have found two communities that share the name Arista.

Within West Virginia, the name Arista is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Florida
      • Hillsborough County
      • This Arista is located in Hillsborough County and lies 659 miles [1,060.6 km]<1> to the south of the Arista that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arista
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hillsborough County community of Arista.
    • Kentucky
      • Taylor County
      • This Arista is located in Taylor County and lies 221 miles [355.7 km]<1> to the west of the Arista that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arista
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Taylor County community of Arista.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Arista ...

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.

  • Basin [Wyoming County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Basin
    • Basin [Wyoming County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Arista
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Basin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Basin
  • Blackeagle [Wyoming County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blackeagle
    • Blackeagle [Wyoming County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Arista
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blackeagle have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blackeagle
  • Bud [Wyoming County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bud
    • Bud [Wyoming County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Arista
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bud
  • Cherokee [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cherokee
    • Cherokee [McDowell County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Arista
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cherokee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cherokee
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    • Coaldale [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coaldale
      • Coaldale [Mercer County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Arista
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coaldale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coaldale
    • Crumpler [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crumpler
      • Crumpler [McDowell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Arista
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crumpler have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crumpler
    • Flipping [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flipping
      • Flipping [Mercer County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Arista
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flipping have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flipping
    • Goodwill [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodwill
      • Goodwill [Mercer County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Arista
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Goodwill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodwill
    • Hiawatha [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hiawatha
      • Hiawatha [Mercer County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Arista
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hiawatha have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hiawatha
    • Kale [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kale
      • Kale [Mercer County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Arista
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kale
    • Rock [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock
      • Rock [Mercer County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Arista
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rock<3>
    • Smokeless [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smokeless
      • Smokeless [Mercer County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Arista
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smokeless have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smokeless
    • Spanishburg [Mercer County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spanishburg
      • Spanishburg [Mercer County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Arista
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spanishburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spanishburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spanishburg<3>
    • Widemouth [Mercer County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Widemouth
      • Widemouth [Mercer County] was located less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Arista
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Widemouth have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Worth [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Worth
      • Worth [McDowell County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Arista
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Worth have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Worth

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 Arista. 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 ...
    • William McGarvey 'Bullet' Dudley     (Professional football)
    • Earl Coleman Francis     (Major League Baseball)
    • Alex Hawkins     (Professional football)
      • Full name: Clifton Alexander Hawkins
      • Professional football. He was born in Welch (WV) on July 2, 1937 (a Friday) and died in Columbia (SC) on September 12, 2017 (a Tueday) at the age of 80. We don't have any burial details.
      • Welch is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the west of Arista.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins<4>
    • Joe Stydahar     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Kaylor (PA) on March 17, 1912 (a Sunday) and died in Beckley (WV) on March 23, 1977 (a Wednesday) at the age of 65. He is buried at Shinnston Memorial Cemetery (Harrison County, West Virginia).
      • Beckley is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Arista.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Stydahar<4>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Princeton, which is the Seat of Mercer County and lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Arista to Princeton, with an average speed<5> 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 63 miles [101.4 km] to the north northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 249 miles [400.7 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,137 miles [9,876.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,847 miles [11,019.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,723 miles [7,600.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Arista. 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>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- Arista) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Arista. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4726, Longitude: -81.2607       In this case, the coordinates for Arista have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Arista to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.452 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.145 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.985 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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