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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Bloomington 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 community such as Bloomington 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 Bloomington once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Bloomington to:

  • Spencer [Map], which is the Seat of Roane County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Bloomington to Spencer, with an average speed<3> 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 five to six hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 26 miles [41.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 227 miles [365.3 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, 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 6,086 miles [9,794.5 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 6,800 miles [10,943.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,676 miles [7,525.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Bloomington ...

We have found 32 communities that share the name Bloomington.

While the name Bloomington is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 32 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Jackson County

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

Arkansas

Van Buren County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Van Buren County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 647 miles [1,041.2 km] to the West Southwest

California

San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Bloomington, San Bernardino County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,022 miles [3,254.1 km] to the West

Idaho

Bear Lake County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Bear Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,597 miles [2,570.1 km] to the West Northwest

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Illinois

McLean County

Our profile page for Bloomington, McLean County   [Map]
Distance: About 431 miles [693.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Indiana

Monroe County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Monroe County   [Map]
Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the West

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Iowa

Story County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Story County   [Map]
Distance: About 692 miles [1,113.7 km] to the West Northwest

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Kansas

Atchison County

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

Butler County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Butler County   [Map]
Distance: About 851 miles [1,369.6 km] to the West

Coffey County

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

Osborne County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Osborne County   [Map]
Distance: About 941 miles [1,514.4 km] to the West

Riley County

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

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Kentucky

Grayson County

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

Magoffin County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Magoffin County   [Map]
Distance: About 116 miles [186.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Maryland

Garrett County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Garrett County   [Map]
Distance: About 131 miles [210.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Minnesota

Hennepin County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Hennepin County   [Map]
Distance: About 756 miles [1,216.7 km] to the Northwest

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Missouri

Macon County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Macon County   [Map]
Distance: About 611 miles [983.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Franklin County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 954 miles [1,535.3 km] to the West Northwest

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New York

Ulster County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Ulster County   [Map]
Distance: About 441 miles [709.7 km] to the East Northeast

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North Carolina

Stanly County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Stanly County   [Map]
Distance: About 230 miles [370.1 km] to the South Southeast

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Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Bloomington   [Map]
Distance: About 940 miles [1,512.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Clinton County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Clinton County   [Map]
Distance: About 147 miles [236.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Oklahoma

Greer County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Greer County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,044 miles [1,680.2 km] to the West

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Ontario

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

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Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Clearfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 217 miles [349.2 km] to the Northeast

Lackawanna County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Lackawanna County   [Map]
Distance: About 358 miles [576.1 km] to the East Northeast

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South Dakota

Charles Mix County

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

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Tennessee

Pickett County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Pickett County   [Map]
Distance: About 256 miles [412 km] to the West Southwest

Putnam County

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

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Texas

Victoria County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Victoria County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,129 miles [1,816.9 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Washington County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,759 miles [2,830.8 km] to the West

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Wisconsin

Grant County

Our profile page for Bloomington, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 587 miles [944.7 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Bloomington ...

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.

Cotton   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest of Bloomington   [Map]
Dink   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Harley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Heatherman (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Kelly Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
King   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Looneyville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mount Welcome   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Mudfork   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pad (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Pigeon   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Queen Shoals   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Rushville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Shad (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Stringtown   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [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 Bloomington. 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.

Allison Hayes     (Born as Mary Jane Hayes)
  Actress. She was born in Charleston (West Virginia) on Thursday March 6, 1930 and died in San Diego (California) on Sunday February 27, 1977 at an age of 46.

Charleston [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Bloomington

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<9>

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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 Bloomington, 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 that stretches from Bloomington. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bloomington) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bloomington. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5840, Longitude: -81.2365     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bloomington 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 Bloomington 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 310.416 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.268 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.616 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 Bloomington 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Bloomington.



 
 
 

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