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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Glenville [Map], which is the Seat of Gilmer County, lies just to the West.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 64 miles [103 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could walk a straight line from Blackburn to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 195 miles [313.8 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,048 miles [9,733.3 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 6,762 miles [10,882.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,638 miles [7,464.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Blackburn ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Blackburn.

While the name Blackburn is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 21 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Lauderdale County   [Map]
Distance: About 473 miles [761.2 km] to the West Southwest

Limestone County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Limestone County   [Map]
Distance: About 453 miles [729 km] to the Southwest

Arkansas

Washington County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 772 miles [1,242.4 km] to the West

Colorado

Custer County

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

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Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 769 miles [1,237.6 km] to the South

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Illinois

Christian County

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

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Kansas

Harper County

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

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Kentucky

Estill County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Estill County
Although located in Estill County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Union County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 412 miles [663 km] to the West

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Louisiana

Claiborne Parish

Our profile page for Blackburn, Claiborne Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 815 miles [1,311.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Missouri

Saline County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Saline County   [Map]
Distance: About 686 miles [1,104 km] to the West

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Nevada

Eureka County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Eureka County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 1,878 miles [3,022.3 km] to the West Northwest

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North Carolina

Catawba County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Catawba County   [Map]
Distance: About 231 miles [371.8 km] to the South

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Ohio

Columbiana County

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

Hocking County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Hocking County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 113 miles [181.9 km] to the West Northwest

Morgan County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Morgan County
This community is historic.
Although located in Morgan County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Oklahoma

Pawnee County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Pawnee County   [Map]
Distance: About 886 miles [1,425.9 km] to the West

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Ontario

Our profile page for Blackburn   [Map]
Distance: About 520 miles [836.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Pennsylvania

Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Westmoreland County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 103 miles [165.8 km] to the North Northeast

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Quebec

Our profile page for Blackburn   [Map]
Distance: About 781 miles [1,256.9 km] to the North Northeast

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Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Blackburn, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,647 miles [2,650.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Blackburn ...

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.

Alice   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest of Blackburn   [Map]
Arnold   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Bower   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Cedarville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Copen   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Dusk   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Dutch   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Flower   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Gem   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Glenville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Let (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Orlando   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sand Fork   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Stouts Mills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Gilmer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blackburn. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9231, Longitude: -80.6751     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blackburn 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 Blackburn 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 310.065 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.918 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.26 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Blackburn 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>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Blackburn, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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