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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies just to the West Northwest (WNW).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 248 miles [399.1 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Blackhawk 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 14 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 6,112 miles [9,836.3 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 6,826 miles [10,985.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,701 miles [7,565.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Blackhawk ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Blackhawk.

While the name Blackhawk is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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California

Contra Costa County

Our profile page for Blackhawk, Contra Costa County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,174 miles [3,498.7 km] to the West Northwest

Illinois

Carroll County

Our profile page for Blackhawk, Carroll County   [Map]
Distance: About 526 miles [846.5 km] to the Northwest

Indiana

Allen County

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

Shelby County

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

Vigo County

Our profile page for Blackhawk, Vigo County   [Map]
Distance: About 314 miles [505.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Iowa

Davis County

Our profile page for Blackhawk, Davis County   [Map]
Distance: About 609 miles [980.1 km] to the West Northwest

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North Carolina

Wake County

Our profile page for Blackhawk, Wake County   [Map]
Distance: About 232 miles [373.4 km] to the Southeast

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Ohio

Warren County

Our profile page for Blackhawk, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 150 miles [241.4 km] to the West Northwest

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Pennsylvania

Beaver County

Our profile page for Blackhawk, Beaver County   [Map]
Distance: About 174 miles [280 km] to the North Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Blackhawk ...

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   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North of Blackhawk   [Map]
Coal Fork   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Elk   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Elk Forest   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Elk Hills   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Meadowbrook   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Riverview   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Snow Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]
South Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Twomile   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [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 Blackhawk. 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 2 miles [3.2 km] to the northwest of Blackhawk

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Blackhawk. 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: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blackhawk. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3337, Longitude: -81.5868     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blackhawk 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 Blackhawk 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 310.634 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.48 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.849 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 Blackhawk 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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