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Vandalia, West Virginia
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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies just to the East Southeast (ESE).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 252 miles [405.6 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Vandalia to White House, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 15 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,114 miles [9,839.5 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 6,828 miles [10,988.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,704 miles [7,570.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Vandalia ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Vandalia.

Within West Virginia, there are 2 communities which are also named Vandalia. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 11 communities in the United States - with 13 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia

Other Communities Located In West Virginia

Lewis County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Lewis County   [Map]
Distance: About 78 miles [125.5 km] to the East Northeast

Roane County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Roane County   [Map]
Distance: About 30 miles [48.3 km] to the North Northeast

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Fayette County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 403 miles [648.6 km] to the West


Clay County

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

Owen County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Owen County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the West Northwest


Jasper County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Jasper County   [Map]
Distance: About 653 miles [1,050.9 km] to the West Northwest

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Cass County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Cass County   [Map]
Distance: About 332 miles [534.3 km] to the Northwest

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Audrain County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Audrain County   [Map]
Distance: About 532 miles [856.2 km] to the West

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Valley County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Valley County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,433 miles [2,306.2 km] to the Northwest

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New York

Cattaraugus County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Cattaraugus County   [Map]
Distance: About 305 miles [490.8 km] to the North Northeast

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North Carolina

Guilford County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Guilford County   [Map]
Distance: About 192 miles [309 km] to the South Southeast

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Montgomery County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 171 miles [275.2 km] to the Northwest

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Red River County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Red River County   [Map]
Distance: About 811 miles [1,305.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Vandalia ...

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.

Airport Village   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East of Vandalia   [Map]
Blackhawk   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Elk   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Elk Forest   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Elk Hills   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Institute   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Ivydale   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Meadowbrook   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Mound (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Riverview   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Rock Lake Village   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Snow Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
South Park   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Twomile   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [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 Vandalia. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located Less than 2 miles to the east of Vandalia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in Vandalia. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Vandalia) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vandalia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3565, Longitude: -81.6640     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vandalia 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 Vandalia 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 310.68 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.536 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.875 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Vandalia 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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