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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 Minden, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Minden 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 Minden:
    • 37.975945, -81.119546
    • 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 Minden
  • 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 Minden ...

We have found ten communities that share the name Minden.

Within West Virginia, the name Minden is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another ten communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these ten communities, nine are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Calhoun County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Alabama community of Minden [Calhoun County].
    • Iowa
      • Pottawattamie County
      • This Minden is located in Pottawattamie County and lies 801 miles [1,289.1 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Minden that is located in Fayette County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minden
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pottawattamie County community of Minden.
    • Louisiana
      • Webster Parish
      • This Minden is located in Webster Parish and lies 777 miles [1,250.5 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Minden that is located in Fayette County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minden
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Webster Parish community of Minden.
    • Missouri
      • Barton County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Missouri community of Minden [Barton County].
    • Nebraska
      • Kearney County
      • This Minden is located in Kearney County and lies 968 miles [1,557.8 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Minden that is located in Fayette County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minden
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kearney County community of Minden.
    • Nevada
      • Douglas County
      • This Minden is located in Douglas County and lies 2,074 miles [3,337.8 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Minden that is located in Fayette County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minden
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Douglas County community of Minden.
    • New York
      • Montgomery County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the New York community of Minden [Montgomery County].
    • Ontario
      • This Minden lies 495 miles [796.6 km]<2> to the north northeast of the Minden that is located in Fayette County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minden
    • South Carolina
      • Chesterfield County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the South Carolina community of Minden [Chesterfield County].
    • Texas
      • Rusk County
      • This Minden is located in Rusk County and lies 870 miles [1,400.1 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Minden that is located in Fayette County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minden
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rusk County community of Minden.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Minden ...

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.

  • Bowlin [Fayette County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bowlin
    • Bowlin [Fayette County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the north of Minden
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bowlin have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bowlin
  • Glen Jean [Fayette County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glen Jean
    • Glen Jean [Fayette County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southwest of Minden
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glen Jean have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glen Jean
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glen Jean<5>
  • Greenstown [Fayette County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenstown
    • Greenstown [Fayette County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southwest of Minden
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenstown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenstown
  • Harvey [Fayette County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harvey
    • Harvey [Fayette County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the south of Minden
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harvey
  • Continue List   (11 more) ...
    • Hilltop [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hilltop
      • Hilltop [Fayette County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the southwest of Minden
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hilltop have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hilltop
    • Lick Fork [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lick Fork
      • Lick Fork [Fayette County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Minden
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lick Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lick Fork
    • Meadow Fork [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadow Fork
      • Meadow Fork [Fayette County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the south of Minden
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadow Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadow Fork
    • Prudence [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prudence
      • Prudence [Fayette County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the south of Minden
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prudence have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prudence
    • Red Ash [Fayette County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Ash
      • Red Ash [Fayette County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the east of Minden
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Ash have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Redstar [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Redstar
      • Redstar [Fayette County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southwest of Minden
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Redstar have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Redstar
    • Rocklick [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rocklick
      • Rocklick [Fayette County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the east of Minden
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rocklick have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rocklick
    • Rosedale [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rosedale
      • Rosedale [Fayette County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the northwest of Minden
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rosedale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rosedale
    • Rush Run [Fayette County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rush Run
      • Rush Run [Fayette County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the east of Minden
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rush Run have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Scarbro [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Scarbro
      • Scarbro [Fayette County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the southwest of Minden
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Scarbro have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Scarbro
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Scarbro<5>
    • Sun [Fayette County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sun
      • Sun [Fayette County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Minden
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sun have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sun

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 Minden. 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 ...
    • Earl Coleman Francis     (Major League Baseball)
      • 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 the age of 67. He is buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania).
      • Slab Fork is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Minden.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<6>
    • Joe Stydahar     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Kaylor (Pennsylvania) on Sunday March 17, 1912 and died in Beckley (West Virginia) on Wednesday March 23, 1977 at the age of 65. He is buried at Shinnston Memorial Cemetery (Harrison County, West Virginia).
      • Beckley is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the south of Minden.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Stydahar<6>

How Far From Minden to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Minden to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Fayetteville, which is the Seat of Fayette County and lies just to the North.
    • Charleston, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<2> to the northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Minden to Charleston, with an average speed<7> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 229 miles [368.5 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,109 miles [9,831.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,820 miles [10,975.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,696 miles [7,557.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Minden. 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>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 Minden, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Minden) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Minden. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9759, Longitude: -81.1195       In this case, the coordinates for Minden have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>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 Minden 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.
<4>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.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Minden to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.359 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.112 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.764 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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