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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Sunset once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Sunset to:

  • Marlinton [Map], which is the Seat of Pocahontas County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 91 miles [146.5 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Sunset to Charleston, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 164 miles [263.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,050 miles [9,736.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,759 miles [10,877.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,635 miles [7,459.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Sunset ...

We have found 51 communities that share the name Sunset.

While the name Sunset is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 51 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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 FloridaMarylandOregon 
 GeorgiaMississippiPennsylvania 

Alabama

Jackson County

Our profile page for Sunset, Jackson County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 407 miles [655 km] to the West Southwest

Arizona

Graham County

Our profile page for Sunset, Graham County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,740 miles [2,800.3 km] to the West

Navajo County

Our profile page for Sunset, Navajo County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,707 miles [2,747.2 km] to the West

Arkansas

Crittenden County

Our profile page for Sunset, Crittenden County   [Map]
Distance: About 603 miles [970.4 km] to the West Southwest

Washington County

Our profile page for Sunset, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 792 miles [1,274.6 km] to the West

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British Columbia

Our profile page for Sunset   [Map]
Distance: About 2,248 miles [3,617.8 km] to the Northwest

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California

Humboldt County

Our profile page for Sunset, Humboldt County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Humboldt County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

San Francisco County

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

Sutter County

Our profile page for Sunset, Sutter County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,227 miles [3,584 km] to the West Northwest

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Colorado

Boulder County

Our profile page for Sunset, Boulder County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,368 miles [2,201.6 km] to the West Northwest

Pueblo County

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

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Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Sunset, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 728 miles [1,171.6 km] to the South Southwest

Miami-Dade County

Our profile page for Sunset, Miami-Dade County   [Map]
Distance: About 863 miles [1,388.9 km] to the South

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Georgia

Colquitt County

Our profile page for Sunset, Colquitt County   [Map]
Distance: About 536 miles [862.6 km] to the South Southwest

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Idaho

Shoshone County

Our profile page for Sunset, Shoshone County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,907 miles [3,069 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

Kane County

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

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Kansas

Morton County

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

Republic County

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

Seward County

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

Sumner County

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

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Kentucky

Fleming County

Our profile page for Sunset, Fleming County   [Map]
Distance: About 203 miles [326.7 km] to the West

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Louisiana

Saint Landry Parish

Our profile page for Sunset, Saint Landry Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 874 miles [1,406.6 km] to the Southwest

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Maine

Hancock County

Our profile page for Sunset, Hancock County   [Map]
Distance: About 715 miles [1,150.7 km] to the Northeast

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Maryland

Calvert County

Our profile page for Sunset, Calvert County   [Map]
Distance: About 184 miles [296.1 km] to the East

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Mississippi

Covington County

Our profile page for Sunset, Covington County   [Map]
Distance: About 709 miles [1,141 km] to the Southwest

Oktibbeha County

Our profile page for Sunset, Oktibbeha County   [Map]
Distance: About 598 miles [962.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Polk County

Our profile page for Sunset, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 729 miles [1,173.2 km] to the West

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Montana

Deer Lodge County

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

Missoula County

Our profile page for Sunset, Missoula County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,792 miles [2,883.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Nevada

Clark County

Our profile page for Sunset, Clark County
This community is historic.
Although located in Clark County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New Mexico

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Sunset, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,442 miles [2,320.7 km] to the West

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New York

Kings County

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

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Oklahoma

Custer County

Our profile page for Sunset, Custer County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,060 miles [1,705.9 km] to the West

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Oregon

Baker County

Our profile page for Sunset, Baker County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,953 miles [3,143 km] to the West Northwest

Clackamas County

Our profile page for Sunset, Clackamas County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,225 miles [3,580.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Butler County

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

Lebanon County

Our profile page for Sunset, Lebanon County   [Map]
Distance: About 240 miles [386.2 km] to the Northeast

Washington County

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

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South Carolina

Pickens County

Our profile page for Sunset, Pickens County   [Map]
Distance: About 273 miles [439.4 km] to the Southwest

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Tennessee

Carter County

Our profile page for Sunset, Carter County   [Map]
Distance: About 184 miles [296.1 km] to the Southwest

Grainger County

Our profile page for Sunset, Grainger County   [Map]
Distance: About 241 miles [387.9 km] to the West Southwest

Pickett County

Our profile page for Sunset, Pickett County   [Map]
Distance: About 308 miles [495.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Knox County

Our profile page for Sunset, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,151 miles [1,852.4 km] to the West

Lubbock County

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

Montague County

Our profile page for Sunset, Montague County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,048 miles [1,686.6 km] to the West Southwest

Starr County

Our profile page for Sunset, Starr County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,375 miles [2,212.8 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Sunset, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,707 miles [2,747.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Washington

Skagit County

Our profile page for Sunset, Skagit County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,215 miles [3,564.7 km] to the West Northwest

Walla Walla County

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

Whitman County

Our profile page for Sunset, Whitman County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,981 miles [3,188.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Wisconsin

Marathon County

Our profile page for Sunset, Marathon County   [Map]
Distance: About 680 miles [1,094.4 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sunset ...

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.

Frost   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast of Sunset   [Map]
Huntersville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Knapp   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Minnehaha Springs   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mooretown (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Mountain Grove (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sunrise (VA)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Thorny Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Sunset, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Sunset. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sunset) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunset. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2001, Longitude: -79.9442     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunset have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.648 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.335 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.192 degrees.

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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 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 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sunset.



 
 
 

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