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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies just to the Southeast (SE).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 251 miles [403.9 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from West Side to White House, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four 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 6,113 miles [9,837.9 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 6,827 miles [10,987 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,703 miles [7,568.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named West Side ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name West Side.

While the name West Side is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Jefferson County

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

Montgomery County

Our profile page for West Side, Montgomery County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Montgomery County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Connecticut

New London County

Our profile page for West Side, New London County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in New London County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Indiana

Marion County

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

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Louisiana

Vernon Parish

Our profile page for West Side, Vernon Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 825 miles [1,327.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for West Side   [Map]
Distance: About 885 miles [1,424.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Cuyahoga County

Our profile page for West Side, Cuyahoga County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Cuyahoga County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Hamilton County

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

Mahoning County

Our profile page for West Side, Mahoning County   [Map]
Distance: About 195 miles [313.8 km] to the North Northeast

Montgomery County

Our profile page for West Side, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 167 miles [268.8 km] to the Northwest

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Oregon

Lake County

Our profile page for West Side, Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,045 miles [3,291.1 km] to the West Northwest

Lane County

Our profile page for West Side, Lane County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Lane County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Pennsylvania

Luzerne County

Our profile page for West Side, Luzerne County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Luzerne County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Westmoreland County

Our profile page for West Side, Westmoreland County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Westmoreland County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Texas

Jefferson County

Our profile page for West Side, Jefferson County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Jefferson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Washington

Yakima County

Our profile page for West Side, Yakima County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Yakima County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Curious and Interesting Names Near West Side ...

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   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East of West Side   [Map]
Blackhawk   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Elk   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Elk Forest   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Elk Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Ivydale   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Meadowbrook   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Mound (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Riverview   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [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   -   2 miles [3.2 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 West Side. 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 southeast of West Side

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

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Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County: www.kanawha.us/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Side. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3657, Longitude: -81.6518     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Side 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 West Side 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 310.673 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.529 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.867 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 West Side 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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