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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Morgantown [Map], which is the Seat of Monongalia County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 132 miles [212.4 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Sunset Beach 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 8 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 160 miles [257.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,981 miles [9,625.5 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 4,572 miles [7,357.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sunset Beach ...

We have found 26 communities that share the name Sunset Beach.

While the name Sunset Beach is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 26 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Our profile page for Sunset Beach   [Map]
Distance: About 1,863 miles [2,998.2 km] to the Northwest

British Columbia

Our profile page for Sunset Beach   [Map]
Distance: About 2,204 miles [3,547 km] to the West Northwest


Orange County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Orange County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,138 miles [3,440.8 km] to the West

Santa Cruz County

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

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Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 826 miles [1,329.3 km] to the South Southwest

Pinellas County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Pinellas County   [Map]
Distance: About 840 miles [1,351.8 km] to the South Southwest

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Honolulu County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Honolulu County   [Map]
Distance: About 4,662 miles [7,502.8 km] to the West

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Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Anne Arundel County   [Map]
Distance: About 181 miles [291.3 km] to the East

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Jackson County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the Northwest

Schoolcraft County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Schoolcraft County   [Map]
Distance: About 542 miles [872.3 km] to the Northwest

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New Jersey

Cape May County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Cape May County   [Map]
Distance: About 265 miles [426.5 km] to the East

Gloucester County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Gloucester County   [Map]
Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the East

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New York

Niagara County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Niagara County   [Map]
Distance: About 256 miles [412 km] to the North

Orleans County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Orleans County   [Map]
Distance: About 267 miles [429.7 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Brunswick County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Brunswick County   [Map]
Distance: About 406 miles [653.4 km] to the South

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Mahoning County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Mahoning County   [Map]
Distance: About 115 miles [185.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Our profile page for Sunset Beach   [Map]
Distance: About 235 miles [378.2 km] to the Northwest

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Clatsop County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Clatsop County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,243 miles [3,609.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Our profile page for Sunset Beach   [Map]
Distance: About 1,334 miles [2,146.9 km] to the Northwest

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Grays Harbor County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Grays Harbor County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,251 miles [3,622.6 km] to the West Northwest

Island County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Island County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,171 miles [3,493.9 km] to the West Northwest

Mason County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Mason County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,188 miles [3,521.2 km] to the West Northwest

Pierce County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Pierce County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,174 miles [3,498.7 km] to the West Northwest

Thurston County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Thurston County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,193 miles [3,529.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Calumet County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Calumet County   [Map]
Distance: About 529 miles [851.3 km] to the Northwest

Dodge County

Our profile page for Sunset Beach, Dodge County   [Map]
Distance: About 534 miles [859.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sunset Beach ...

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.

Canyon   -   Less than 2 miles to the West of Sunset Beach   [Map]
Cheat Lake   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Cheat Neck   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]
Cornish (PA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Crystal (PA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Fieldcrest   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Greystone   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Hoard   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ices Ferry   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Jerome Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Locust Hill (PA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Park Hills   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pioneer Rocks   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Richard   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rosedale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Sprucetown (PA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Stewartstown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Tanglewood   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Walnut Hill (PA)   -   5 miles [8 km] 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 Sunset Beach. 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.

Billy Barty     (Born as William John Bertanzetti)
  Actor. He was born in Millsboro (Pennsylvania) on Saturday October 25, 1924 and died in Glendale (California) on Saturday December 23, 2000 at an age of 76. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Millsboro [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of Sunset Beach

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Barty<8>
Don Knotts     (Jesse Donald Knotts)
  Comedian, actor. He was born in Morgantown (West Virginia) on Monday July 21, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday February 24, 2006 at an age of 81. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Morgantown [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southwest of Sunset Beach

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts
Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
  Professional football. He was born in Fairchance (Pennsylvania) on Friday October 14, 1938 and died in Hamilton (Ontario) on Thursday September 18, 2008 at an age of 69.

Fairchance [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest of Sunset Beach

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster
Matt McHugh     (Matthew McHugh)
  Actor. He was born in Connellsville (Pennsylvania) on Monday January 22, 1894 and died in Northridge (California) on Monday February 22, 1971 at an age of 77.

Connellsville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northeast of Sunset Beach

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Matt McHugh

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunset Beach. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6795, Longitude: -79.8564     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunset Beach 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 Sunset Beach 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 309.538 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.432 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.637 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Sunset Beach 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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