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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Blue 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 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 to:

  • Middlebourne [Map], which is the Seat of Tyler County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 87 miles [140 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Blue to Charleston, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 206 miles [331.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,031 miles [9,706 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 6,747 miles [10,858.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,623 miles [7,440 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Blue ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Blue.

While the name Blue is unique within West Virginia, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of West Virginia

Arizona

Greenlee County

Our profile page for Blue, Greenlee County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,612 miles [2,594.3 km] to the West

Indiana

Ohio County

Our profile page for Blue, Ohio County   [Map]
Distance: About 226 miles [363.7 km] to the West

Mississippi

Calhoun County

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

Oklahoma

Bryan County

Our profile page for Blue, Bryan County   [Map]
Distance: About 930 miles [1,496.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Texas

Lee County

Our profile page for Blue, Lee County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,113 miles [1,791.2 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Blue ...

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.

Bearsville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest of Blue   [Map]
Big Moses   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Centerville   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Link   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Little Pittsburg   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Locke   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Lonetree   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Meeker   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Stringtown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

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Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Tyler County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Blue. 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' distance beginning in Blue. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Blue) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blue. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4476, Longitude: -80.8254     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Blue 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 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 310.139 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.081 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 306.146 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 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Blue.