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South Charleston, West Virginia

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From South Charleston 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 city such as South Charleston to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies just to the East.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies just to the East (E).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 254 miles [408.8 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from South Charleston to White House, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 15 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,116 miles [9,842.7 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 6,831 miles [10,993.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,706 miles [7,573.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named South Charleston ...

While the name South Charleston is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Clark County

Our profile page for South Charleston, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 145 miles [233.4 km] to the Northwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near South Charleston ...

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.

Blackhawk   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East of South Charleston   [Map]
Cross Lanes   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Elk   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Elk Forest   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Green Valley   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Institute   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ivydale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Lincoln Park   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Lone Oak Park   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Mound (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Riverview   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Rock Lake Village   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
South Park   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sun Valley   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Twomile   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for South Charleston. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South Charleston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Charleston. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3495, Longitude: -81.7094     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Charleston 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 South Charleston 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 310.708 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.567 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.897 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for South Charleston.