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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Blue Rock 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 Rock 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 Rock to:

  • Elkins [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Blue Rock to Elkins, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over 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 87 miles [140 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 164 miles [263.9 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,033 miles [9,709.2 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 6,745 miles [10,855 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,620 miles [7,435.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Blue Rock ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Blue Rock.

While the name Blue Rock is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Alabama

Marshall County

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

North Carolina

Yancey County

Our profile page for Blue Rock, Yancey County   [Map]
Distance: About 226 miles [363.7 km] to the South Southwest

Ohio

Muskingum County

Our profile page for Blue Rock, Muskingum County   [Map]
Distance: About 121 miles [194.7 km] to the Northwest

Pennsylvania

Chester County

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

Jefferson County

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

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Texas

Hidalgo County

Our profile page for Blue Rock, Hidalgo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,361 miles [2,190.3 km] to the West Southwest

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The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Rock. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7248, Longitude: -80.0909     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue Rock 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 Rock 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 309.718 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.494 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.075 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Blue Rock.