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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Sunset Heights 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 Sunset Heights 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 Heights to:

  • Parkersburg [Map], which is the Seat of Wood County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 64 miles [103 km] to the South (S). If you could walk a straight line from Sunset Heights to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 240 miles [386.2 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, 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 6,066 miles [9,762.3 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 6,784 miles [10,917.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,659 miles [7,497.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sunset Heights ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Sunset Heights.

While the name Sunset Heights is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Sunset Heights, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 778 miles [1,252.1 km] to the South


Hall County

Our profile page for Sunset Heights, Hall County   [Map]
Distance: About 363 miles [584.2 km] to the South Southwest


Wicomico County

Our profile page for Sunset Heights, Wicomico County   [Map]
Distance: About 323 miles [519.8 km] to the East


Belmont County

Our profile page for Sunset Heights, Belmont County   [Map]
Distance: About 68 miles [109.4 km] to the North Northeast

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Aiken County

Our profile page for Sunset Heights, Aiken County   [Map]
Distance: About 400 miles [643.7 km] to the South

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Ector County

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

Harris County

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

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Davis County

Our profile page for Sunset Heights, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,599 miles [2,573.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Henrico County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sunset Heights ...

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.

Boreman   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast of Sunset Heights   [Map]
Cedar Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Central   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Murphytown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pettyville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Red Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Scenic Hills   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
Sunrise   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Tallyho   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Valley Mills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Woodland Park   -   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 Sunset Heights. 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.

August 'Gus' Wagner
  Tatto artist, wood carver, painter. He was born in Marietta (Ohio) on Sunday June 16, 1872 and died on Tueday June 10, 1941 at an age of 69. He was buried at Homestead Cemetery (Chase County, Kansas) [Map].

Marietta [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the north of Sunset Heights

Find-A-Grave Memorial: August 'Gus' Wagner<8>

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About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunset Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2767, Longitude: -81.5021     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunset Heights 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 Heights 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 310.56 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.535 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.503 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 Heights 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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