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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 250 miles [402.3 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Charleston to White House, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 15 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,113 miles [9,837.9 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 6,827 miles [10,987 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,703 miles [7,568.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Charleston ...

We have found 42 communities that share the name Charleston.

While the name Charleston is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 42 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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 KentuckyNew JerseyOregon 

Arizona

Cochise County

Our profile page for Charleston, Cochise County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,672 miles [2,690.8 km] to the West

Arkansas

Franklin County

Our profile page for Charleston, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 717 miles [1,153.9 km] to the West Southwest

California

San Joaquin County

Our profile page for Charleston, San Joaquin County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 2,130 miles [3,427.9 km] to the West Northwest

Florida

Suwannee County

Our profile page for Charleston, Suwannee County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Suwannee County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Illinois

Coles County

Our profile page for Charleston, Coles County   [Map]
Distance: About 360 miles [579.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Iowa

Lee County

Our profile page for Charleston, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 549 miles [883.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Gray County

Our profile page for Charleston, Gray County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,027 miles [1,652.8 km] to the West

Greenwood County

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

Washington County

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

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Kentucky

Clark County

Our profile page for Charleston, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 144 miles [231.7 km] to the West Southwest

Hopkins County

Our profile page for Charleston, Hopkins County   [Map]
Distance: About 338 miles [544 km] to the West

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Maine

Penobscot County

Our profile page for Charleston, Penobscot County   [Map]
Distance: About 796 miles [1,281 km] to the Northeast

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Michigan

Sanilac County

Our profile page for Charleston, Sanilac County   [Map]
Distance: About 370 miles [595.5 km] to the North

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Mississippi

Tallahatchie County

Our profile page for Charleston, Tallahatchie County   [Map]
Distance: About 556 miles [894.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Clark County

Our profile page for Charleston, Clark County
Although located in Clark County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Mississippi County

Our profile page for Charleston, Mississippi County   [Map]
Distance: About 432 miles [695.2 km] to the West

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Nebraska

Johnson County

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

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Nevada

Elko County

Our profile page for Charleston, Elko County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,794 miles [2,887.2 km] to the West Northwest

Nye County

Our profile page for Charleston, 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 Brunswick

Our profile page for Charleston   [Map]
Distance: About 900 miles [1,448.4 km] to the Northeast

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New Jersey

Burlington County

Our profile page for Charleston, Burlington County   [Map]
Distance: About 378 miles [608.3 km] to the East Northeast

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New York

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Charleston, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 492 miles [791.8 km] to the Northeast

Richmond County

Our profile page for Charleston, Richmond County   [Map]
Distance: About 421 miles [677.5 km] to the East Northeast

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Our profile page for Charleston   [Map]
Distance: About 1,553 miles [2,499.3 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Halifax County

Our profile page for Charleston, Halifax County   [Map]
Distance: About 279 miles [449 km] to the East Southeast

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Charleston   [Map]
Distance: About 965 miles [1,553 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Brown County

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

Clermont County

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

Hamilton County

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

Ross County

Our profile page for Charleston, Ross County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 95 miles [152.9 km] to the Northwest

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Oklahoma

Harper County

Our profile page for Charleston, Harper County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 978 miles [1,573.9 km] to the West

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Ontario

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

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Oregon

Coos County

Our profile page for Charleston, Coos County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,232 miles [3,592.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Mercer County

Our profile page for Charleston, Mercer County   [Map]
Distance: About 210 miles [338 km] to the North Northeast

Tioga County

Our profile page for Charleston, Tioga County   [Map]
Distance: About 330 miles [531.1 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Charleston County

Our profile page for Charleston, Charleston County   [Map]
Distance: About 395 miles [635.7 km] to the South Southeast

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Tennessee

Bradley County

Our profile page for Charleston, Bradley County   [Map]
Distance: About 273 miles [439.4 km] to the Southwest

Tipton County

Our profile page for Charleston, Tipton County   [Map]
Distance: About 477 miles [767.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Dallas County

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

Delta County

Our profile page for Charleston, Delta County   [Map]
Distance: About 848 miles [1,364.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Wasatch County

Our profile page for Charleston, Wasatch County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,590 miles [2,558.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Washington

Kitsap County

Our profile page for Charleston, Kitsap County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,140 miles [3,444 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Charleston ...

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.

Airport Village   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast of Charleston   [Map]
Blackhawk   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Elk   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Elk Forest   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Elk Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Ivydale   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Meadowbrook   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mound (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Riverview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Snow Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
South Park   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Twomile   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Charleston. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Charleston: www.cityofcharleston.org/

The official website for Kanawha County: www.kanawha.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 stretches from Charleston. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Charleston) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Charleston. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Charleston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Charleston. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3492, Longitude: -81.6298     [Map].

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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 Charleston 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 310.66 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.511 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.863 degrees.

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<7>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 Charleston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Charleston 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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<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 Charleston.



 
 
 

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