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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Charles Town [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the West.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 216 miles [347.6 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Blair to Charleston, 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 13 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 49 miles [78.9 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 5,912 miles [9,514.4 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 6,621 miles [10,655.5 km] and it lies to the East Northeast (ENE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,497 miles [7,237.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Blair ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Blair.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Blair. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 22 communities in the United States and Canada - with 22 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in West Virginia

Communities outside of West Virginia

Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Livingston County

Our profile page for Blair, Livingston County   [Map]
Distance: About 567 miles [912.5 km] to the West Northwest

Randolph County

Our profile page for Blair, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 649 miles [1,044.5 km] to the West


Doniphan County

Our profile page for Blair, Doniphan County   [Map]
Distance: About 915 miles [1,472.5 km] to the West


Harlan County

Our profile page for Blair, Harlan County   [Map]
Distance: About 322 miles [518.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Somerset County

Our profile page for Blair, Somerset County   [Map]
Distance: About 584 miles [939.9 km] to the Northeast

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Montgomery County

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

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Grand Traverse County

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

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Lee County

Our profile page for Blair, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 690 miles [1,110.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Dawson County

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

Roosevelt County

Our profile page for Blair, Roosevelt County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,461 miles [2,351.3 km] to the Northwest

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Washington County

Our profile page for Blair, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 974 miles [1,567.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Esmeralda County

Our profile page for Blair, Esmeralda County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 2,137 miles [3,439.2 km] to the West

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New Hampshire

Grafton County

Our profile page for Blair, Grafton County   [Map]
Distance: About 444 miles [714.5 km] to the Northeast

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New Jersey

Sussex County

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

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Portage County

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

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Jackson County

Our profile page for Blair, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,224 miles [1,969.8 km] to the West

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Our profile page for Blair   [Map]
Distance: About 312 miles [502.1 km] to the North Northwest

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South Carolina

Fairfield County

Our profile page for Blair, Fairfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 390 miles [627.6 km] to the South Southwest

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Roane County

Our profile page for Blair, Roane County   [Map]
Distance: About 427 miles [687.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Taylor County

Our profile page for Blair, Taylor County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,328 miles [2,137.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Tooele County

Our profile page for Blair, Tooele County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,902 miles [3,061 km] to the West Northwest

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Trempealeau County

Our profile page for Blair, Trempealeau County   [Map]
Distance: About 771 miles [1,240.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Blair ...

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.

Halltown   -   Less than 2 miles to the North of Blair   [Map]
Harmony (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Harpers Ferry   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Keys Gap (VA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lower Town   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mechanicstown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mechanicsville (VA)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Mountain Mission   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Pleasantville (MD)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Sandy Hook (MD)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Silver Grove   -   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 Blair. 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.

Belle Boyd
  Civil war Confederate spy. She was born in Martinsburg (West Virginia) on Thursday May 9, 1844 and died in Wisconsin Dells (Wisconsin) on Monday June 11, 1900 at an age of 56. She was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery (Columbia County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Martinsburg [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest of Blair

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Belle Boyd<9>
John Brown
  Abolitionist, activist. He was born in Torrington (Connecticut) on Friday May 9, 1800 and died in Charles Town (West Virginia) on Friday December 2, 1859 at an age of 59.

Charles Town [Map] is located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the west of Blair

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Brown
Elizabeth Monroe
  First Lady to the Presidency of James Monroe. She was born in New York (New York) on Thursday June 30, 1768 and died in Aldie (Virginia) on Thursday September 23, 1830 at an age of 62. She was buried at Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Aldie [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the south of Blair

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Monroe

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blair. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2951, Longitude: -77.7958     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blair 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 Blair 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 308.315 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 303.984 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 304.884 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 Blair 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 Blair, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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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