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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Bluefield 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 city such as Bluefield to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Princeton [Map], which is the Seat of Mercer County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Bluefield to Princeton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Charleston [Map], which is the State Capital of West Virginia, lies 77 miles [123.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). 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 253 miles [407.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,145 miles [9,889.4 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 6,853 miles [11,028.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,730 miles [7,612.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Bluefield ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Bluefield.

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

Communities Outside of West Virginia


Martin County

Our profile page for Bluefield, Martin County   [Map]
Distance: About 696 miles [1,120.1 km] to the South

North Carolina

Bladen County

Our profile page for Bluefield, Bladen County   [Map]
Distance: About 239 miles [384.6 km] to the Southeast


Rutherford County

Our profile page for Bluefield, Rutherford County   [Map]
Distance: About 309 miles [497.3 km] to the West Southwest


Tazewell County

Our profile page for Bluefield, Tazewell County   [Map]
Distance: About 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Bluefield ...

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.

Abbs Valley (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest of Bluefield   [Map]
Billie (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Bluestone   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Brush Fork   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Coopers   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Edison   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Falls Mills (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Flipping   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Freeman   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Green Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hales Bottom (VA)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Hicksville (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Littlesburg   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Maple View   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pocahontas (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Rock   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Rocky Gap (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Sam (VA)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Sandlick   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Yards   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [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 Bluefield. 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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of Bluefield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Coleman Francis<7>
Alex Hawkins     (Clifton Alexander Hawkins)
  Professional football. He was born in Welch (West Virginia) on Friday July 2, 1937 and died in Columbia (South Carolina) on Tueday September 12, 2017 at an age of 80.

Welch [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest of Bluefield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex Hawkins

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bluefield. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bluefield

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bluefield. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2671, Longitude: -81.2219     [Map].

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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 Bluefield 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 310.432 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.092 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.034 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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