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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Logan [Map], which is the Seat of Logan County, lies just to the West.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 38 miles [61.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Sunbeam to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 275 miles [442.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 16 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,149 miles [9,895.9 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 6,862 miles [11,043.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,737 miles [7,623.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sunbeam ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Sunbeam.

While the name Sunbeam 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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El Dorado County

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


Moffat County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Moffat County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,411 miles [2,270.8 km] to the West Northwest


Duval County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Duval County   [Map]
Distance: About 528 miles [849.7 km] to the South


Custer County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Custer County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,751 miles [2,818 km] to the West Northwest

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Mercer County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Mercer County   [Map]
Distance: About 519 miles [835.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Wabaunsee County

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

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East Feliciana Parish

Our profile page for Sunbeam, East Feliciana Parish   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 707 miles [1,137.8 km] to the Southwest

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Franklin County

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

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Grayson County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, 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.

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Southampton County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Southampton County   [Map]
Distance: About 283 miles [455.4 km] to the East Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sunbeam ...

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.

Argyle   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East of Sunbeam   [Map]
Black Bottom   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Chambers   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Crooked Creek   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Dog Patch   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Ethel   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Freeze Fork   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hedgeview   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Monitor   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Peach Creek   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Red Campbell   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Ridgeview   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Rum Junction   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Shamrock   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Walnut Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Wanda   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Sunbeam. 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.

William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield
  Folk figure. He was born in Logan (West Virginia) on Monday September 9, 1839 and died in Stirrat (West Virginia) on Friday January 7, 1921 at an age of 81. He was buried at Hatfield Family Cemetery (Logan County, West Virginia) [Map].

Logan [Map] is located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the west of Sunbeam

Stirrat [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the south of Sunbeam

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Anderson 'Devil Anse' Hatfield<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Logan County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunbeam. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8468, Longitude: -81.9451     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunbeam 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 Sunbeam 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 310.859 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.665 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.157 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 Sunbeam 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>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Sunbeam, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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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