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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Charleston [Map], which is the Seat of Kanawha County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Blue Creek to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW). The buggy would take nearly four hours and walking would take five to six hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 240 miles [386.2 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 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,102 miles [9,820.2 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 6,815 miles [10,967.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,691 miles [7,549.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Blue Creek ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Blue Creek.

While the name Blue Creek is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

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Alabama

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Blue Creek, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 470 miles [756.4 km] to the Southwest

Tallapoosa County

Our profile page for Blue Creek, Tallapoosa County   [Map]
Distance: About 463 miles [745.1 km] to the South Southwest

Georgia

DeKalb County

Our profile page for Blue Creek, DeKalb County   [Map]
Distance: About 366 miles [589 km] to the South Southwest

Indiana

Franklin County

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

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Michigan

Berrien County

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

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Ohio

Adams County

Our profile page for Blue Creek, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 103 miles [165.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Giles County

Our profile page for Blue Creek, Giles County   [Map]
Distance: About 370 miles [595.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Utah

Box Elder County

Our profile page for Blue Creek, Box Elder County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,643 miles [2,644.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Washington

Stevens County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Blue Creek ...

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.

Big Chimney   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest of Blue Creek   [Map]
Elkview   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Falling Rock   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Frame   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Kelly Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pinch   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Reamer   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Sandy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Three Mile   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Youngs Bottom   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [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 Blue Creek. 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 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest of Blue Creek

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allison Hayes<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County: www.kanawha.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 'point-to-point' distance starting from Blue Creek. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Blue Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4507, Longitude: -81.4573     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue Creek 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 Blue Creek 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 310.553 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.404 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.755 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 Blue Creek 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 Blue Creek.



 
 
 

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