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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Morgantown [Map], which is the Seat of Monongalia County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Blacksville to Morgantown, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 121 miles [194.7 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 178 miles [286.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 7 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 5,994 miles [9,646.4 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 6,710 miles [10,798.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,585 miles [7,378.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Blacksville ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Blacksville.

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


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Georgia

Henry County

Our profile page for Blacksville, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 485 miles [780.5 km] to the South Southwest

Pennsylvania

Greene County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Blacksville ...

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.

Brave (PA)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West of Blacksville   [Map]
Core   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Crossroads   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Gump (PA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Hunting Hills   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Jakes Run   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Jollytown (PA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Miracle Run   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pine Bank (PA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Price   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Ragtown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rush Crossroads (PA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Sandy   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Shamrock (PA)   -   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 Blacksville. 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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Blacksville

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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the east of Blacksville

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Monongalia County: www.co.monongalia.wv.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 beginning in Blacksville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Blacksville) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Blacksville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Blacksville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blacksville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.7174, Longitude: -80.2148     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blacksville 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 Blacksville 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 309.755 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.685 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 305.782 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 Blacksville 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 Blacksville.



 
 
 

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