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Sunflower, West Virginia
(Roane County)

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The location of Sunflower

Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Spencer [Map], which is the Seat of Roane County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Sunflower to Spencer, 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 39 miles [62.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). 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 238 miles [383 km] to the East (E). 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 6,082 miles [9,788 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 6,798 miles [10,940.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,673 miles [7,520.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sunflower ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Sunflower.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Sunflower. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 12 communities in the United States - with 13 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

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Washington County

Our profile page for Sunflower, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 636 miles [1,023.5 km] to the Southwest.


Maricopa County

Our profile page for Sunflower, Maricopa County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 1,694 miles [2,726.2 km] to the West.


Conejos County

Our profile page for Sunflower, Conejos County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

Although located in Conejos County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Johnson County

Our profile page for Sunflower, Johnson County

This community is historic.

Although located in Johnson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Mitchell County

Our profile page for Sunflower, Mitchell County

This community is historic.

Although located in Mitchell County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Wyandotte County

Our profile page for Sunflower, Wyandotte County   [Map]

Distance: About 717 miles [1,153.9 km] to the West.


Prentiss County

Our profile page for Sunflower, Prentiss County   [Map]

Distance: About 488 miles [785.4 km] to the Southwest.

Sunflower County

Our profile page for Sunflower, Sunflower County   [Map]

Distance: About 625 miles [1,005.8 km] to the West Southwest.


Scotts Bluff County

Our profile page for Sunflower, Scotts Bluff County

This community is historic.

Although located in Scotts Bluff County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Beaver County

Our profile page for Sunflower, Beaver County   [Map]

Distance: About 142 miles [228.5 km] to the North Northeast.


Our profile page for Sunflower

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Oneida County

Our profile page for Sunflower, Oneida County   [Map]

Distance: About 632 miles [1,017.1 km] to the Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sunflower ...

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.

Dukes   -   Less than 2 miles to the East of Sunflower   [Map]

LeRoy   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Liverpool   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Peewee   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Reedy   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]

Sandy Summit   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]

Seaman   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]

Zackville   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Sunflower. 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.

Mel Clark

Major League Baseball. He was born in Letart (West Virginia) on Wednesday July 7, 1926 and died in West Columbia (West Virginia) on Thursday May 1, 2014 at an age of 87.

Letart [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Sunflower

West Columbia [Map] is located 31 miles [49.9 km] to the west of Sunflower

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mel Clark<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunflower. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9051, Longitude: -81.4782     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunflower 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 Sunflower 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 310.555 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.474 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.616 degrees.

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<7>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 Sunflower, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Sunflower 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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<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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