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Sun Valley, West Virginia
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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • New Cumberland [Map], which is the Seat of Hancock County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 155 miles [249.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Sun Valley 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 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 215 miles [346 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,976 miles [9,617.4 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 6,696 miles [10,776.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,571 miles [7,356.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sun Valley ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Sun Valley.

Within West Virginia, there are 2 communities which are also named Sun Valley. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 26 communities in the United States and Canada - with 26 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

Harrison County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 80 miles [128.7 km] to the South

Kanawha County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Kanawha County   [Map]
Distance: About 158 miles [254.3 km] to the South Southwest

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 578 miles [930.2 km] to the Southwest


Gila County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Gila County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,728 miles [2,780.9 km] to the West

Navajo County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Navajo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,646 miles [2,649 km] to the West

British Columbia

Our profile page for Sun Valley   [Map]
Distance: About 2,121 miles [3,413.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,102 miles [3,382.8 km] to the West

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Palm Beach County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Palm Beach County   [Map]
Distance: About 961 miles [1,546.6 km] to the South

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Clayton County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Clayton County   [Map]
Distance: About 516 miles [830.4 km] to the South Southwest

Cobb County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Cobb County   [Map]
Distance: About 498 miles [801.5 km] to the South Southwest

Fulton County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 517 miles [832 km] to the South Southwest

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Blaine County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Blaine County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,733 miles [2,789 km] to the West Northwest

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Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 229 miles [368.5 km] to the East Southeast

Carroll County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Carroll County   [Map]
Distance: About 197 miles [317 km] to the East Southeast

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Washoe County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Washoe County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,056 miles [3,308.8 km] to the West Northwest

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New Mexico

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,462 miles [2,352.9 km] to the West

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North Carolina

Nash County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Nash County   [Map]
Distance: About 339 miles [545.6 km] to the South Southeast

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Clark County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 172 miles [276.8 km] to the West

Franklin County

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

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Monroe County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 269 miles [432.9 km] to the East

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Our profile page for Sun Valley   [Map]
Distance: About 1,387 miles [2,232.2 km] to the Northwest

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Putnam County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Putnam County   [Map]
Distance: About 398 miles [640.5 km] to the Southwest

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El Paso County

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

Harris County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Harris County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,112 miles [1,789.6 km] to the Southwest

Hidalgo County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Hidalgo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,412 miles [2,272.4 km] to the Southwest

Lamar County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Lamar County   [Map]
Distance: About 941 miles [1,514.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Fairfax County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Fairfax County   [Map]
Distance: About 202 miles [325.1 km] to the East Southeast

Roanoke County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Roanoke County   [Map]
Distance: About 217 miles [349.2 km] to the South

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sun Valley ...

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.

Blackhorse (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest of Sun Valley   [Map]
Chestnut Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Empire (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Island Creek (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Kings Creek   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Logrow   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Paris (PA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pleasant Heights (OH)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pleasant Hill (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Pottery Addition (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Shady Glen (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sugar Grove (OH)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Turkeyfoot (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 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 Sun Valley. 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.

Caitlin Clarke     (Born as Katherine Anne Clarke)
  Actress, instructor. She was born in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Saturday May 3, 1952 and died in Sewickley (Pennsylvania) on Thursday September 9, 2004 at an age of 52. She was buried at Sewickley Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Pittsburgh [Map] is located 30 miles [48.3 km] to the east of Sun Valley

Sewickley [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Sun Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Caitlin Clarke<8>
Charley Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd     (Born as Charles Arthur Floyd)
  Crime figure. He was born in Adairsville (Georgia) on Wednesday February 3, 1904 and died in East Liverpool (Ohio) on Monday October 22, 1934 at an age of 30. He was buried at Akins Cemetery (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma) [Map].

East Liverpool [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Sun Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charley Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd
Clark Gable     (William Clark Gable)
  Oscar winning actor. He was born in Cadiz (Ohio) on Friday February 1, 1901 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday November 16, 1960 at an age of 59. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cadiz [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Sun Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clark Gable
Gary Michael Jeter
  Professional football. He was born in Weirton (West Virginia) on Monday January 24, 1955 and died in Plainsboro (New Jersey) on Wednesday March 9, 2016 at an age of 61.

Weirton [Map] is located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the southwest of Sun Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Michael Jeter
William Holmes McGuffey
  Author, educator. He was born in Claysville (Pennsylvania) on Tueday September 23, 1800 and died in Charlottesville (Virginia) on Sunday May 4, 1873 at an age of 72.

Claysville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Sun Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Holmes McGuffey

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Hancock County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sun Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.4445, Longitude: -80.5681     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sun Valley 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 Sun Valley 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 309.94 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.005 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.682 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 Sun Valley 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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