A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Blake, West Virginia
(Mercer County)

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other WV

Learn About
The Commemorative
Quarter for
West Virginia
The Commemorative Quarter for West Virginia

Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Blake to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Blake 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 Blake once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Blake to:

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 78 miles [125.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Blake to Charleston, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 245 miles [394.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,137 miles [9,876.5 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 6,845 miles [11,016 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,721 miles [7,597.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Blake ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Blake.

Within West Virginia, there is just one other community named Blake. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 14 communities in the United States and Canada - with 13 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

Jump ahead to ...

 British ColumbiaKentuckyOhio 
 IdahoMichiganSouth Carolina 


DeKalb County

Our profile page for Blake, DeKalb County   [Map]
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the Southwest

Randolph County

Our profile page for Blake, Randolph County   [Map]
Distance: About 382 miles [614.8 km] to the Southwest

British Columbia

Our profile page for Blake   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,959 miles [3,152.7 km] to the Northwest


Volusia County

Our profile page for Blake, Volusia County   [Map]
Distance: About 561 miles [902.8 km] to the South

- Return to top


Clearwater County

Our profile page for Blake, Clearwater County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,894 miles [3,048.1 km] to the West Northwest

- Return to top


Montgomery County

Our profile page for Blake, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 806 miles [1,297.1 km] to the West

- Return to top


Owsley County

Our profile page for Blake, Owsley County   [Map]
Distance: About 146 miles [235 km] to the West

- Return to top


Cecil County

Our profile page for Blake, Cecil County   [Map]
Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the East Northeast

- Return to top


Benzie County

Our profile page for Blake, Benzie County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Benzie County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

- Return to top


Daviess County

Our profile page for Blake, Daviess County   [Map]
Distance: About 713 miles [1,147.5 km] to the West Northwest

- Return to top


Medina County

Our profile page for Blake, Medina County   [Map]
Distance: About 261 miles [420 km] to the North

- Return to top


Our profile page for Blake   [Map]
Distance: About 425 miles [684 km] to the North

- Return to top

South Carolina

Colleton County

Our profile page for Blake, Colleton County   [Map]
Distance: About 318 miles [511.8 km] to the South

- Return to top


Emery County

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

- Return to top

Curious and Interesting Names Near Blake ...

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.

Billie (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest of Blake   [Map]
Edison   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
First Ford (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Green Valley   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Hardy   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Hatcher   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Lilly Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Maple View   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Oak Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Pumpkin Center (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Rocky Gap (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Round Bottom (VA)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [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 Blake. 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.

Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Blake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

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 Blake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

- Return to Citation

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3029, Longitude: -81.0687     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blake have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

<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.

- Return to Citation

<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 Blake to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

- Return to Citation

<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.34 degrees.

- Return to Citation

<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.992 degrees.

- Return to Citation

<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.958 degrees.

- Return to Citation

<8>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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Blake 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.

- Return to Citation

<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:

- Return to Citation


Tidbits &
Other   WV

Sitemap Privacy
of Use


Please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.

If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write. Click here to contact us.

Copyright 2016
All Rights Reserved
This page was last modified: 22 Oct 2018
By John Hall