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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Blackhorse to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Blackhorse to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Blackhorse once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Blackhorse to:

  • New Cumberland [Map], which is the Seat of Hancock County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 157 miles [252.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Blackhorse to Charleston, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 218 miles [350.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,976 miles [9,617.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,695 miles [10,774.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,571 miles [7,356.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Blackhorse ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Blackhorse.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Harford County

Our profile page for Blackhorse, Harford County   [Map]
Distance: About 221 miles [355.7 km] to the East Southeast


Chester County

Our profile page for Blackhorse, Chester County   [Map]
Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the East

Curious and Interesting Names Near Blackhorse ...

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.

Chestnut Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast of Blackhorse   [Map]
Empire (OH)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Fairhaven   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Island Creek (OH)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Kings Creek   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]
Moscow   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pleasant Hill (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pottery Addition (OH)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Shady Glen (OH)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Sugar Grove (OH)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sun Valley   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Turkeyfoot (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [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 Blackhorse. 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.

Caitlin Clarke     (Born as Katherine Anne Clarke)
  Actress, instructor. She was born in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Saturday May 3, 1952 and died in Sewickley (Pennsylvania) on Thursday September 9, 2004 at an age of 52. She was buried at Sewickley Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Pittsburgh [Map] is located 31 miles [49.9 km] to the east of Blackhorse

Sewickley [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Blackhorse

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Caitlin Clarke<8>
Charley Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd     (Born as Charles Arthur Floyd)
  Crime figure. He was born in Adairsville (Georgia) on Wednesday February 3, 1904 and died in East Liverpool (Ohio) on Monday October 22, 1934 at an age of 30. He was buried at Akins Cemetery (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma) [Map].

East Liverpool [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the north of Blackhorse

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charley Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd
Clark Gable     (William Clark Gable)
  Oscar winning actor. He was born in Cadiz (Ohio) on Friday February 1, 1901 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday November 16, 1960 at an age of 59. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cadiz [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Blackhorse

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clark Gable
Gary Michael Jeter
  Professional football. He was born in Weirton (West Virginia) on Monday January 24, 1955 and died in Plainsboro (New Jersey) on Wednesday March 9, 2016 at an age of 61.

Weirton [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the south of Blackhorse

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Michael Jeter
William Holmes McGuffey
  Author, educator. He was born in Claysville (Pennsylvania) on Tueday September 23, 1800 and died in Charlottesville (Virginia) on Sunday May 4, 1873 at an age of 72.

Claysville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Blackhorse

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Holmes McGuffey

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Blackhorse, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from Blackhorse. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Blackhorse) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blackhorse. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.4845, Longitude: -80.5956     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blackhorse have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Blackhorse to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.955 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.028 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.68 degrees.

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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:

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