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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Fairmont [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 108 miles [173.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Vernon Heights to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 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 172 miles [276.8 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 6,005 miles [9,664.1 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 6,719 miles [10,813.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,595 miles [7,394.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Vernon Heights ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Vernon Heights.

While the name Vernon Heights is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Ohio

Marion County

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

Tennessee

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Vernon Heights, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 241 miles [387.9 km] to the Southwest

Curious and Interesting Names Near Vernon Heights ...

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.

Barrackville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North of Vernon Heights   [Map]
Boothsville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Dakota   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Francis   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Garden Village   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Graham Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Helens Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Highland   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Hillcrest   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hillview   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]
Hopewell   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Katy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Killarm   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
New England   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Pettyjohn (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Shagtown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Wahoo   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [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 Vernon Heights. 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 18 miles [29 km] to the northeast of Vernon Heights

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Knotts<8>
 
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 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Vernon Heights

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronald 'Ron' Lancaster

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marion County: www.marioncountywv.com/

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' distance starting in Vernon Heights. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Vernon Heights) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vernon Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4545, Longitude: -80.1851     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vernon Heights 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 Vernon Heights 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 309.748 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.637 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.862 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 Vernon Heights 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Vernon Heights.



 
 
 

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