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South Hills, West Virginia
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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From South Hills 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 South Hills 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 Hills to:

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies just to the Northeast (NE).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 251 miles [403.9 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from South Hills to White House, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four 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 6,114 miles [9,839.5 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 6,828 miles [10,988.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,703 miles [7,568.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named South Hills ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name South Hills.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named South Hills. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 6 communities in the United States - with 7 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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Kenton County

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

North Carolina

Cumberland County

Our profile page for South Hills, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 272 miles [437.7 km] to the South Southeast


Allegheny County

Our profile page for South Hills, Allegheny County   [Map]
Distance: About 165 miles [265.5 km] to the North Northeast

South Carolina

Union County

Our profile page for South Hills, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the South

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Blount County

Our profile page for South Hills, Blount County   [Map]
Distance: About 225 miles [362.1 km] to the Southwest

Cumberland County

Our profile page for South Hills, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 248 miles [399.1 km] to the Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near South Hills ...

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.

Airport Village   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast of South Hills   [Map]
Blackhawk   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Elk   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Elk Forest   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Elk Hills   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Ivydale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Meadowbrook   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mound (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Riverview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Rock Lake Village   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Snow Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
South Park   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Twomile   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [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 South Hills. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located Less than 2 miles to the northeast of South Hills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Hills. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3418, Longitude: -81.6437     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Hills 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 Hills 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 310.668 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.52 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.871 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 South Hills 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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