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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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<1> beginning in Arista to:

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Arista to Princeton, with an average speed<2> 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 [Map], 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 [Map]) 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,137 miles [9,876.5 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 6,847 miles [11,019.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,723 miles [7,600.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Arista ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Arista.

While the name Arista is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Arista, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 659 miles [1,060.6 km] to the South

Kentucky

Taylor County

Our profile page for Arista, Taylor County   [Map]
Distance: About 221 miles [355.7 km] to the West

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 talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Basin   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Arista   [Map]
Blackeagle   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Bud   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Cherokee   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Coaldale   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Crumpler   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Flipping   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Goodwill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Hiawatha   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Kale   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Rock   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Smokeless   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Spanishburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Widemouth (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Worth   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [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 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Arista

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<7>
 
Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the west of Arista

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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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: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Arista. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4726, Longitude: -81.2607     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Arista 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 Arista 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 310.452 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.145 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.985 degrees.

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<7>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.

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