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Edison, West Virginia

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The location of Edison

Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 76 miles [122.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Edison to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour 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 6,140 miles [9,881.4 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 6,849 miles [11,022.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,725 miles [7,604.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Edison ...

We have found 18 communities that share the name Edison.

While the name Edison is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 18 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Kern County

Our profile page for Edison, Kern County   [Map]

Distance: About 2,088 miles [3,360.3 km] to the West.


El Paso County

Our profile page for Edison, El Paso County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in El Paso County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Edison, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 653 miles [1,050.9 km] to the South.


Calhoun County

Our profile page for Edison, Calhoun County   [Map]

Distance: About 446 miles [717.8 km] to the South Southwest.


Cook County

Our profile page for Edison, Cook County   [Map]

Distance: About 480 miles [772.5 km] to the Northwest.


Pottawattamie County

Our profile page for Edison, Pottawattamie County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Pottawattamie County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Crawford County

Our profile page for Edison, Crawford County   [Map]

Distance: About 744 miles [1,197.4 km] to the West.


Wayne County

Our profile page for Edison, Wayne County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Wayne County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Furnas County

Our profile page for Edison, Furnas County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,020 miles [1,641.5 km] to the West Northwest.

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Middlesex County

Our profile page for Edison, Middlesex County   [Map]

Distance: About 424 miles [682.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Sussex County

Our profile page for Edison, Sussex County   [Map]

Distance: About 437 miles [703.3 km] to the Northeast.


Morrow County

Our profile page for Edison, Morrow County   [Map]

Distance: About 242 miles [389.5 km] to the North Northwest.


Our profile page for Edison   [Map]

Distance: About 1,059 miles [1,704.3 km] to the North Northwest.


Bucks County

Our profile page for Edison, Bucks County   [Map]

Distance: About 383 miles [616.4 km] to the Northeast.


Gibson County

Our profile page for Edison, Gibson County   [Map]

Distance: About 443 miles [712.9 km] to the West.


Pierce County

Our profile page for Edison, Pierce County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Pierce County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Skagit County

Our profile page for Edison, Skagit County   [Map]

Distance: About 2,195 miles [3,532.5 km] to the Northwest.


Carbon County

Our profile page for Edison, Carbon County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Carbon County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Edison ...

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.

Billie (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast of Edison   [Map]

Blake (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Brush Fork   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Flipping   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Green Valley   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Kale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Lilly Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Littlesburg   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Maple View   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Rock   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Rocky Gap (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Round Bottom (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Sandlick   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [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 Edison. 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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Edison

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>

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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Edison

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

Other Roadside Stops ...

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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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Edison) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Edison. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3039, Longitude: -81.1553     [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 Edison 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 310.392 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.051 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.994 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 Edison 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>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:

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