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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Logan [Map], which is the Seat of Logan County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Sodom to Logan, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 31 miles [49.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just over a day and walking would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 268 miles [431.3 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,141 miles [9,883 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 6,854 miles [11,030.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,729 miles [7,610.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sodom ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Sodom.

While the name Sodom is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Litchfield County

Our profile page for Sodom, Litchfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 533 miles [857.8 km] to the Northeast


Cumberland County

Our profile page for Sodom, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 732 miles [1,178 km] to the Northeast

Oxford County

Our profile page for Sodom, Oxford County   [Map]
Distance: About 725 miles [1,166.8 km] to the Northeast

New York

Putnam County

Our profile page for Sodom, Putnam County   [Map]
Distance: About 499 miles [803.1 km] to the East Northeast

Warren County

Our profile page for Sodom, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 568 miles [914.1 km] to the Northeast

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North Carolina

Madison County

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

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Champaign County

Our profile page for Sodom, Champaign County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Champaign County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Miami County

Our profile page for Sodom, Miami County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 192 miles [309 km] to the Northwest

Trumbull County

Our profile page for Sodom, Trumbull County   [Map]
Distance: About 234 miles [376.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Bennington County

Our profile page for Sodom, Bennington County   [Map]
Distance: About 567 miles [912.5 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sodom ...

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.

Blair   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South of Sodom   [Map]
Clothier   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Coal Valley   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Ethel   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Five Block   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Freeze Fork   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Greenview   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Havana   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Kelly   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Lake   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Sovereign   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Spruce Valley   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Stark   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [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 Sodom. 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.

William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest of Sodom

Stirrat [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest of Sodom

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<9>

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sodom. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9165, Longitude: -81.8332     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sodom 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 Sodom 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 310.79 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.597 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.087 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Sodom 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 Sodom, 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:

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