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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Morgantown [Map], which is the Seat of Monongalia County, lies just to the South.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 128 miles [206 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Van Voorhis 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 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 165 miles [265.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,985 miles [9,631.9 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 6,700 miles [10,782.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,576 miles [7,364.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Van Voorhis ...

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Pennsylvania

Washington County

Our profile page for Van Voorhis, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 32 miles [51.5 km] to the North

Curious and Interesting Names Near Van Voorhis ...

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   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East of Van Voorhis   [Map]
Evans Ferry   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Fieldcrest   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hoard   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Jerome Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Maidsville   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Park Hills   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Randall   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rosedale   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]
Star City   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Stewartstown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Tanglewood   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [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 Van Voorhis. 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.

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 3 miles [4.8 km] to the south of Van Voorhis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<7>
 
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 7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest of Van Voorhis

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northeast of Van Voorhis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Matt McHugh

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Monongalia County: www.co.monongalia.wv.us/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Van Voorhis. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6829, Longitude: -79.9551     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Van Voorhis 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 Van Voorhis 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 309.598 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.501 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.68 degrees.

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<7>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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Van Voorhis.



 
 
 

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