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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Blue Spring to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers 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 Spring 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 Spring to:

  • Elkins [Map], which is the Seat of Randolph County, lies 30 miles [48.3 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Blue Spring to Elkins, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 83 miles [133.6 km] to the West (W). 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 167 miles [268.8 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 6,042 miles [9,723.7 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 6,753 miles [10,867.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,629 miles [7,449.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Blue Spring ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Blue Spring.

While the name Blue Spring is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Alabama

Morgan County

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

Florida

Marion County

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

Georgia

Catoosa County

Our profile page for Blue Spring, Catoosa County   [Map]
Distance: About 379 miles [609.9 km] to the Southwest

Gordon County

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

Worth County

Our profile page for Blue Spring, Worth County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 519 miles [835.2 km] to the South Southwest

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Kentucky

Trigg County

Our profile page for Blue Spring, Trigg County   [Map]
Distance: About 443 miles [712.9 km] to the West Southwest

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South Carolina

Kershaw County

Our profile page for Blue Spring, Kershaw County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 284 miles [457.1 km] to the South

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Tennessee

Carter County

Our profile page for Blue Spring, Carter County   [Map]
Distance: About 186 miles [299.3 km] to the Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Blue Spring ...

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.

Bergoo   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West of Blue Spring   [Map]
Brady Gate   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Elkwater   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Florence (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Mace   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Mingo   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pickens   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Spangler   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Spruce   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Valley Head   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Walnut   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

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Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Randolph County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 from Blue Spring. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Blue Spring) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue Spring. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5368, Longitude: -80.1123     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue Spring 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 Spring 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 309.738 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.488 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.149 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 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 Blue Spring 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>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 Blue Spring, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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