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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Sandy to ...

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

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

  • Morgantown [Map], which is the Seat of Monongalia County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Sandy to Morgantown, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours 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 117 miles [188.3 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 176 miles [283.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,997 miles [9,651.2 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 6,713 miles [10,803.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,588 miles [7,383.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sandy ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Sandy.

Within West Virginia, there are 3 communities which are also named Sandy. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 20 communities in the United States - with 23 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia


Other Communities Located In West Virginia

Jackson County

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

Kanawha County

Our profile page for Sandy, Kanawha County   [Map]
Distance: About 110 miles [177 km] to the Southwest

Taylor County

Our profile page for Sandy, Taylor County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 28 miles [45.1 km] to the South Southeast


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Arkansas

Craighead County

Our profile page for Sandy, Craighead County   [Map]
Distance: About 619 miles [996.2 km] to the West Southwest

Florida

Manatee County

Our profile page for Sandy, Manatee County   [Map]
Distance: About 860 miles [1,384 km] to the South

Georgia

Butts County

Our profile page for Sandy, Butts County   [Map]
Distance: About 486 miles [782.1 km] to the South Southwest

Jefferson County

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

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Kentucky

Muhlenberg County

Our profile page for Sandy, Muhlenberg County   [Map]
Distance: About 414 miles [666.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Michigan

Huron County

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

Montcalm County

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

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Nebraska

Wheeler County

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

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Oklahoma

Harmon County

Our profile page for Sandy, Harmon County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,134 miles [1,825 km] to the West

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Oregon

Clackamas County

Our profile page for Sandy, Clackamas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,152 miles [3,463.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

Our profile page for Sandy, Clearfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 126 miles [202.8 km] to the Northeast

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South Carolina

Charleston County

Our profile page for Sandy, Charleston County   [Map]
Distance: About 470 miles [756.4 km] to the South

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Tennessee

Fentress County

Our profile page for Sandy, Fentress County   [Map]
Distance: About 351 miles [564.9 km] to the Southwest

Hardeman County

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

Johnson County

Our profile page for Sandy, Johnson County   [Map]
Distance: About 239 miles [384.6 km] to the South Southwest

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Texas

Blanco County

Our profile page for Sandy, Blanco County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,212 miles [1,950.5 km] to the West Southwest

Limestone County

Our profile page for Sandy, Limestone County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,071 miles [1,723.6 km] to the West Southwest

Willacy County

Our profile page for Sandy, Willacy County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,361 miles [2,190.3 km] to the Southwest

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Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Sandy, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,664 miles [2,677.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Virginia

Rappahannock County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sandy ...

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.

Core   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast of Sandy   [Map]
Crossroads   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Crown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Flyblow (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Georgetown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Grant Town   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hoodsville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jakes Run   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Keystone   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Miracle Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Paw Paw   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Price   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Ragtown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [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 Sandy. 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.

Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the east of Sandy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<9>
 
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast of Sandy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

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Search for a West Virginia Community

About Monongalia County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sandy. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Monongalia County: www.co.monongalia.wv.us/

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sandy. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6354, Longitude: -80.1948     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sandy 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 Sandy 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 309.746 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.662 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.802 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 Sandy 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>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 Sandy, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sandy.



 
 
 

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