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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Terra Alta 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 town such as Terra Alta to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Kingwood [Map], which is the Seat of Preston County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 135 miles [217.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Terra Alta 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 139 miles [223.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,979 miles [9,622.3 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 6,692 miles [10,769.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,567 miles [7,349.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Terra Alta ...

While the name Terra Alta is unique within West Virginia, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Ohio

Hamilton County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Terra Alta ...

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.

Amboy   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South of Terra Alta   [Map]
Aurora   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Cranesville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Freeport   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Heathers Run   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Kingwood   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Lake Ford (MD)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Salt Lick   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sunnyside (MD)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Terra Alta. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Terra Alta. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Terra Alta) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Terra Alta. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Terra Alta

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Terra Alta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4443, Longitude: -79.5436     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Terra Alta 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 Terra Alta 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 309.358 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.192 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.585 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 Terra Alta 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 Terra Alta.