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(Monongalia County)

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From South Hills 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 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:

  • Morgantown [Map], which is the Seat of Monongalia County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 126 miles [202.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from South Hills to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 163 miles [262.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than 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 5,987 miles [9,635.1 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 6,702 miles [10,785.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,578 miles [7,367.6 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

Kentucky

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 321 miles [516.6 km] to the South

Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

Our profile page for South Hills, Allegheny County   [Map]
Distance: About 53 miles [85.3 km] to the North

South Carolina

Union County

Our profile page for South Hills, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 352 miles [566.5 km] to the South Southwest

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Tennessee

Blount County

Our profile page for South Hills, Blount County   [Map]
Distance: About 351 miles [564.9 km] to the Southwest

Cumberland County

Our profile page for South Hills, Cumberland County   [Map]
Distance: About 375 miles [603.5 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.

Evans Ferry   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest of South Hills   [Map]
Fieldcrest   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Harmony Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Hog Eye   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jerome Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Park Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Pioneer Rocks   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Price Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Richard   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Rock Forge   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
South Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Star City   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Tanglewood   -   2 miles [3.2 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 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.

Billy Barty     (Born as William John Bertanzetti)
  Actor. He was born in Millsboro (Pennsylvania) on Saturday October 25, 1924 and died in Glendale (California) on Saturday December 23, 2000 at an age of 76. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Millsboro [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of South Hills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Barty<8>
 
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 Less than 2 miles to the north of South Hills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts
 
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 northwest of South Hills

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

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The Communities of West Virginia

About Monongalia County

About West Virginia

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.

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' (or point-to-point) distance from South Hills. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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: 39.6195, Longitude: -79.9398     [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 309.591 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.484 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.696 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 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: findagrave.com.

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By John Hall