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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Harrisville [Map], which is the Seat of Ritchie County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Sandhill to Harrisville, with an average speed<2> 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 [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 65 miles [104.6 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 227 miles [365.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,058 miles [9,749.4 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 6,774 miles [10,901.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,650 miles [7,483.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sandhill ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Sandhill.

While the name Sandhill is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

North Carolina

Pamlico County

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


Washington County

Our profile page for Sandhill, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest


Our profile page for Sandhill   [Map]
Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the North Northeast


Dauphin County

Our profile page for Sandhill, Dauphin County   [Map]
Distance: About 253 miles [407.2 km] to the East Northeast

Monroe County

Our profile page for Sandhill, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 335 miles [539.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Rutherford County

Our profile page for Sandhill, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 364 miles [585.8 km] to the Southwest

Weakley County

Our profile page for Sandhill, Weakley County   [Map]
Distance: About 454 miles [730.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Floyd County

Our profile page for Sandhill, Floyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,174 miles [1,889.4 km] to the West

Hopkins County

Our profile page for Sandhill, Hopkins County   [Map]
Distance: About 892 miles [1,435.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sandhill ...

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.

Cairo   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast of Sandhill   [Map]
Cluster   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Deerwalk   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Horseneck   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Lone Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Nutter Farm   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Oil Spring   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Petroleum   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Pleasants   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Schultz   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [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 Sandhill. 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.

August 'Gus' Wagner
  Tatto artist, wood carver, painter. He was born in Marietta (Ohio) on Sunday June 16, 1872 and died on Tueday June 10, 1941 at an age of 69. He was buried at Homestead Cemetery (Chase County, Kansas) [Map].

Marietta [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest of Sandhill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: August 'Gus' Wagner<8>

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sandhill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2534, Longitude: -81.2643     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sandhill 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 Sandhill 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 310.414 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.366 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.406 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Sandhill 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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