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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Sun 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 community such as Sun 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 to:

  • Fayetteville [Map], which is the Seat of Fayette County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Sun to Fayetteville, 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 38 miles [61.2 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 233 miles [375 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,113 miles [9,837.9 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 6,825 miles [10,983.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,700 miles [7,563.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sun ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Sun.

While the name Sun is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Pima County

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


Saint Tammany Parish

Our profile page for Sun, Saint Tammany Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 706 miles [1,136.2 km] to the Southwest


Newaygo County

Our profile page for Sun, Newaygo County   [Map]
Distance: About 442 miles [711.3 km] to the North Northwest


Scott County

Our profile page for Sun, Scott County   [Map]
Distance: About 606 miles [975.3 km] to the Southwest

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New York

Franklin County

Our profile page for Sun, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 605 miles [973.7 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Wilson County

Our profile page for Sun, Wilson County   [Map]
Distance: About 239 miles [384.6 km] to the Southeast

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Grayson County

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

Jefferson County

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

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Davis County

Our profile page for Sun, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,651 miles [2,657 km] to the West Northwest

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Russell County

Our profile page for Sun, Russell County   [Map]
Distance: About 91 miles [146.5 km] to the Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sun ...

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.

Glen Jean   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast of Sun   [Map]
Greenstown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Harvey   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hilltop   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Lee   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Meadow Fork   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Mount Hope   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Packs Branch   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Price Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Prudence   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Redstar   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Scarbro   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Turkey Knob   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [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. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Sun

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sun. 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 from Sun. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sun) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sun. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9193, Longitude: -81.1698     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sun 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 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 310.39 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.14 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.804 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 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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