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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 & 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 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:

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Sun Valley to Charleston, 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 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E). The buggy would take a little over three hours and walking would take four to five hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 261 miles [420 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,121 miles [9,850.8 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 6,835 miles [10,999.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,711 miles [7,581.6 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

Hancock County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 158 miles [254.3 km] to the North Northeast

Harrison County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Harrison County   [Map]
Distance: About 97 miles [156.1 km] to the Northeast


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 424 miles [682.4 km] to the Southwest

Arizona

Gila County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Gila County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,654 miles [2,661.9 km] to the West

Navajo County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Navajo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,574 miles [2,533.1 km] to the West

British Columbia

Our profile page for Sun Valley   [Map]
Distance: About 2,141 miles [3,445.6 km] to the Northwest

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California

Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Los Angeles County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,040 miles [3,283.1 km] to the West

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Florida

Palm Beach County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Palm Beach County   [Map]
Distance: About 823 miles [1,324.5 km] to the South

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Georgia

Clayton County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Clayton County   [Map]
Distance: About 357 miles [574.5 km] to the South Southwest

Cobb County

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

Fulton County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Fulton County   [Map]
Distance: About 358 miles [576.1 km] to the South Southwest

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Idaho

Blaine County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Blaine County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,720 miles [2,768.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Maryland

Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the East Northeast

Carroll County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Carroll County   [Map]
Distance: About 266 miles [428.1 km] to the East Northeast

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Nevada

Washoe County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Washoe County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,023 miles [3,255.7 km] to the West Northwest

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New Mexico

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,373 miles [2,209.6 km] to the West

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North Carolina

Nash County

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

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Ohio

Clark County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Clark County   [Map]
Distance: About 148 miles [238.2 km] to the Northwest

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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Pennsylvania

Monroe County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 384 miles [618 km] to the East Northeast

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Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Sun Valley   [Map]
Distance: About 1,432 miles [2,304.6 km] to the Northwest

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Tennessee

Putnam County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Putnam County   [Map]
Distance: About 253 miles [407.2 km] to the Southwest

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Texas

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 973 miles [1,565.9 km] to the Southwest

Hidalgo County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Hidalgo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,271 miles [2,045.5 km] to the Southwest

Lamar County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Lamar County   [Map]
Distance: About 824 miles [1,326.1 km] to the West Southwest

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Virginia

Fairfax County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Fairfax County   [Map]
Distance: About 248 miles [399.1 km] to the East

Roanoke County

Our profile page for Sun Valley, Roanoke County   [Map]
Distance: About 125 miles [201.2 km] to the Southeast

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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.

Amandaville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest of Sun Valley   [Map]
Green Valley   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Institute   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Lincoln Park   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Lone Oak Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Nitro   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
River Bend   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Strawberry Heights   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Tornado   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Virginia Heights   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [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.

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 10 miles [16.1 km] to the east of Sun Valley

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

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About Kanawha 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 Kanawha County: www.kanawha.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' distance starting from Sun Valley. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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: 38.3662, Longitude: -81.8310     [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 310.782 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.653 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.944 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 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: findagrave.com.

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