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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Blue Jay 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 Blue Jay 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 Jay to:

  • Beckley [Map], which is the Seat of Raleigh County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 50 miles [80.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Blue Jay to Charleston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 236 miles [379.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 6,120 miles [9,849.2 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 6,831 miles [10,993.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,707 miles [7,575.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Blue Jay ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Blue Jay.

While the name Blue Jay is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Our profile page for Blue Jay   [Map]
Distance: About 1,881 miles [3,027.2 km] to the Northwest


San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Blue Jay, San Bernardino County   [Map]
Distance: About 2,017 miles [3,246 km] to the West


Hamilton County

Our profile page for Blue Jay, Hamilton County   [Map]
Distance: About 220 miles [354.1 km] to the West Northwest


Forest County

Our profile page for Blue Jay, Forest County   [Map]
Distance: About 284 miles [457.1 km] to the North Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Blue Jay ...

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.

Affinity   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West of Blue Jay   [Map]
Beaver   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Cedar   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Cherry Creek   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Clifftop   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Coal City   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Cool Ridge   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Crab Orchard   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Crow   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Daniels   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Johnstown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Shady Spring   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Spangler Factory (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Woodpeck   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [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 Jay. 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.

Earl Coleman Francis
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Slab Fork (West Virginia) on Sunday July 14, 1935 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday July 3, 2002 at an age of 67. He was buried at Homewood Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Slab Fork [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the west of Blue Jay

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<7>

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Blue Jay. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Blue Jay) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Jay. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7371, Longitude: -81.1379     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue Jay 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 Jay 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 310.374 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.095 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.849 degrees.

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<7>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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