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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 Monson, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Monson 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 Monson:
    • 37.265115, -81.482884
    • 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 Monson
  • 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 Monson ...

We have found four communities that share the name Monson.

Within West Virginia, the name Monson is unique.

Beyond West Virginia, we know of another four communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • California
      • Tulare County
      • This Monson is located in Tulare County and lies 2,077 miles [3,342.6 km]<1> to the west of the Monson that is located in McDowell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monson
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Tulare County community of Monson.
    • Colorado
      • Huerfano County
      • This Monson is located in Huerfano County and lies 1,270 miles [2,043.9 km]<1> to the west of the Monson that is located in McDowell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monson
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Huerfano County community of Monson.
    • Maine
      • Piscataquis County
      • This Monson is located in Piscataquis County and lies 831 miles [1,337.4 km]<1> to the northeast of the Monson that is located in McDowell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monson
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Piscataquis County community of Monson.
    • Massachusetts
      • Hampden County
      • This Monson is located in Hampden County and lies 590 miles [949.5 km]<1> to the northeast of the Monson that is located in McDowell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monson
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hampden County community of Monson.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Monson ...

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.

  • Abbs Valley [Tazewell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abbs Valley
    • Abbs Valley [Tazewell County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Monson
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Abbs Valley
  • Bishop [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bishop
    • Bishop [McDowell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Monson
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bishop have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bishop
  • Black Wolf [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Black Wolf
    • Black Wolf [McDowell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Monson
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Black Wolf have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Black Wolf
  • Filbert [McDowell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Filbert
    • Filbert [McDowell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Monson
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Filbert have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Filbert
  • Continue List   (7 more) ...
    • Horsepen [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horsepen
      • Horsepen [Tazewell County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Monson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Horsepen have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Horsepen
    • Horsepen Cove [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horsepen Cove
      • Horsepen Cove [Tazewell County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Monson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Horsepen Cove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Horsepen Cove
    • Jenkinjones [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jenkinjones
      • Jenkinjones [McDowell County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Monson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jenkinjones have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jenkinjones
    • Mud Fork [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mud Fork
      • Mud Fork [Tazewell County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Monson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mud Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mud Fork
    • Skygusty [McDowell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Skygusty
      • Skygusty [McDowell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Monson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Skygusty have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Skygusty
    • Stony Ridge [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stony Ridge
      • Stony Ridge [Tazewell County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Monson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stony Ridge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stony Ridge
    • Tiptop [Tazewell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tiptop
      • Tiptop [Tazewell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Monson
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tiptop have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tiptop

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 Monson. 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 ...
    • William McGarvey 'Bullet' Dudley     (Professional football)
    • Alex Hawkins     (Professional football)
      • 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 the age of 80. We don't have any burial details.
      • Welch is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the northwest of Monson.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins<3>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Welch, which is the Seat of McDowell County and lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Monson to Welch, with an average speed<4> 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, which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 75 miles [120.7 km] to the north (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 266 miles [428.1 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
    • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,156 miles [9,907.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,865 miles [11,048.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,741 miles [7,629.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Monson. 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>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- Monson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Monson. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2651, Longitude: -81.4829       In this case, the coordinates for Monson have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>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 Monson to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.588 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.269 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.143 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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