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Vandalia, West Virginia
(Roane County)

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The location of Vandalia

Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Vandalia to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories 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 and extending to:

  • Spencer [Map], which is the Seat of Roane County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 30 miles [48.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from Vandalia to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 237 miles [381.4 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 6,087 miles [9,796.1 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 6,802 miles [10,946.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,678 miles [7,528.5 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

Kanawha County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Kanawha County   [Map]

Distance: About 30 miles [48.3 km] to the South Southwest.

Lewis County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Lewis County   [Map]

Distance: About 57 miles [91.7 km] to the East Northeast.

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Fayette County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Fayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 411 miles [661.4 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 293 miles [471.5 km] to the West.


Jasper County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Jasper County   [Map]

Distance: About 654 miles [1,052.5 km] to the West Northwest.


Cass County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Cass County   [Map]

Distance: About 320 miles [515 km] to the Northwest.


Audrain County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Audrain County   [Map]

Distance: About 539 miles [867.4 km] to the West.


Valley County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Valley County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,426 miles [2,294.9 km] to the Northwest.

New York

Cattaraugus County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Cattaraugus County   [Map]

Distance: About 275 miles [442.6 km] to the North Northeast.

North Carolina

Guilford County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Guilford County   [Map]

Distance: About 210 miles [338 km] to the South Southeast.


Montgomery County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 166 miles [267.2 km] to the West Northwest.


Red River County

Our profile page for Vandalia, Red River County   [Map]

Distance: About 832 miles [1,339 km] to the West Southwest.

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.

Clarence   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest of Vandalia   [Map]

Countsville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Flatfork   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Flint Town   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Gay   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Geneva   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Green Acres   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Harmony   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Jingo (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Leaning Oak   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Leo (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]

Quiet Vale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Red Knob   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Reedyville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Speed   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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 we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7595, Longitude: -81.4443     [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 310.538 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.433 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.649 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 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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