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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Sanderson to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West (W). The buggy would take four to five hours and walking would take most of a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 236 miles [379.8 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,102 miles [9,820.2 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 6,815 miles [10,967.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,691 miles [7,549.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sanderson ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Sanderson.

While the name Sanderson is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Florida

Baker County

Our profile page for Sanderson, Baker County   [Map]
Distance: About 562 miles [904.5 km] to the South

Texas

Pecos County

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

Terrell County

Our profile page for Sanderson, Terrell County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,323 miles [2,129.2 km] to the West Southwest

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The official website for Kanawha County: www.kanawha.us/

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Sanderson. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sanderson) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sanderson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3645, Longitude: -81.3682     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sanderson 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 Sanderson 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 310.501 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.332 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.745 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sanderson.