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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

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 AlabamaKansasMissouriUtah
 British ColumbiaKentuckyOhio 
 FloridaMarylandOntario 
 IdahoMichiganSouth Carolina 

Alabama

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

Florida

Volusia County

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

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Idaho

Clearwater County

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

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Kansas

Montgomery County

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

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Kentucky

Owsley County

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

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Maryland

Cecil County

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

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Michigan

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.

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Missouri

Daviess County

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

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Ohio

Medina County

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

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Ontario

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

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South Carolina

Colleton County

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

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Utah

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.

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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: www.wv.gov/



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.

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<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).

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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 Blake 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 310.34 degrees.

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

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

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<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.

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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: findagrave.com.

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