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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Morgantown [Map], which is the Seat of Monongalia County, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 130 miles [209.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Canyon to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 161 miles [259.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,983 miles [9,628.7 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 6,698 miles [10,779.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,573 miles [7,359.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Canyon ...

We have found 20 communities that share the name Canyon.

While the name Canyon is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 20 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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 ArizonaKansasNew MexicoWyoming
 British ColumbiaMinnesotaOntarioYukon
 CaliforniaMontanaTexas 

Alaska

Our profile page for Canyon
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Arizona

Yavapai County

Our profile page for Canyon, Yavapai County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Yavapai County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

British Columbia

Our profile page for Canyon   [Map]
Distance: About 1,895 miles [3,049.7 km] to the West Northwest

California

Alameda County

Our profile page for Canyon, Alameda County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,258 miles [3,633.9 km] to the West

Contra Costa County

Our profile page for Canyon, Contra Costa County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Contra Costa County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

El Dorado County

Our profile page for Canyon, El Dorado County
This community is historic.
Although located in El Dorado County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Idaho

Kootenai County

Our profile page for Canyon, Kootenai County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,885 miles [3,033.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Finney County

Our profile page for Canyon, Finney County
This community is historic.
Although located in Finney County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Minnesota

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Canyon, Saint Louis County   [Map]
Distance: About 809 miles [1,302 km] to the Northwest

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Montana

Fergus County

Our profile page for Canyon, Fergus County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,547 miles [2,489.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Nevada

Lander County

Our profile page for Canyon, Lander County
This community is historic.
Although located in Lander County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Nye County

Our profile page for Canyon, Nye County
This community is historic.
Although located in Nye County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New Mexico

Sandoval County

Our profile page for Canyon, Sandoval County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Sandoval County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Ontario

Our profile page for Canyon   [Map]
Distance: About 582 miles [936.6 km] to the North Northwest

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Texas

Lubbock County

Our profile page for Canyon, Lubbock County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,277 miles [2,055.1 km] to the West Southwest

Randall County

Our profile page for Canyon, Randall County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,248 miles [2,008.5 km] to the West

Stephens County

Our profile page for Canyon, Stephens County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Stephens County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Washington

Klickitat County

Our profile page for Canyon, Klickitat County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Klickitat County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Wyoming

Park County

Our profile page for Canyon, Park County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Park County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Yukon

Our profile page for Canyon   [Map]
Distance: About 2,793 miles [4,494.9 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Canyon ...

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 Lake   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East of Canyon   [Map]
Cheat Neck   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Evans Ferry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Fieldcrest   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Greystone   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Hoard   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ices Ferry   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Jerome Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Maidsville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Park Hills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pioneer Rocks   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Richard   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Rosedale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Stewartstown   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sunset Beach   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Tanglewood   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Walnut Hill (PA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [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 Canyon. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the southwest of Canyon

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
Ronald Ron Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Canyon

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald Ron Lancaster
 
Matt McHugh     (Matthew McHugh)
  Actor. He was born in Connellsville (Pennsylvania) on Monday January 22, 1894 and died in Northridge (California) on Monday February 22, 1971 at an age of 77.

Connellsville [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northeast of Canyon

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Matt McHugh

Other Roadside Stops ...



The Communities of West Virginia

About Monongalia County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Monongalia County: www.co.monongalia.wv.us/

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 that begins in Canyon. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Canyon) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Canyon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6765, Longitude: -79.8914     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Canyon 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 Canyon 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 309.559 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.456 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.654 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Canyon 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>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 Canyon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Canyon.