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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Franconia, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Franconia and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Franconia:
    • 34.739492, -114.268158
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Franconia
  • Bird Watching ...
    • We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website for local sighting reports and to help identify hotspots.
    • The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Mohave County as the starting point when you click on the link below:
    • eBird sighting report for Mohave County
    • Since Franconia is near San Bernardino County, we have provided a link to its eBird sighting report:
    • eBird sighting report for San Bernardino County
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Franconia ...

We have found seven communities that share the name Franconia.

Within Arizona, the name Franconia is unique.

Beyond Arizona, we know of another seven communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these seven communities, six are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Pickens County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Alabama community of Franconia [Pickens County].
    • Minnesota
      • Chisago County
      • This Franconia is located in Chisago County and lies 1,349 miles [2,171 km]<2> to the northeast of the Franconia that is located in Mohave County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franconia
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Chisago County community of Franconia.
    • New Hampshire
      • Grafton County
      • This Franconia is located in Grafton County and lies 2,330 miles [3,749.8 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Franconia that is located in Mohave County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franconia
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grafton County community of Franconia.
    • Ohio
      • Putnam County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ohio community of Franconia [Putnam County].
    • Ontario
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ontario community of Franconia.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Montgomery County
      • This Franconia is located in Montgomery County and lies 2,147 miles [3,455.3 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Franconia that is located in Mohave County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franconia
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Montgomery County community of Franconia.
    • Virginia
      • Fairfax County
      • This Franconia is located in Fairfax County and lies 2,058 miles [3,312 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Franconia that is located in Mohave County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franconia
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fairfax County community of Franconia.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Franconia ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Catfish Paradise [Mohave County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Catfish Paradise
    • Catfish Paradise [Mohave County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the west of Franconia
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Catfish Paradise have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Catfish Paradise
  • Cedar [Mohave County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar
    • Cedar [Mohave County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the east of Franconia
    • Cedar has also been known as:
    • Cedarville
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar
  • Desert Hills [Mohave County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Desert Hills
    • Desert Hills [Mohave County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the southwest of Franconia
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Desert Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Desert Hills
  • Fivemile Landing [Mohave County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fivemile Landing
    • Fivemile Landing [Mohave County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the west of Franconia
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fivemile Landing have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fivemile Landing
  • Continue List   (5 more) ...
    • Java [San Bernardino County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Java
      • Java [San Bernardino County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the west of Franconia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Java have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Java
    • Mesquite Creek [Mohave County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesquite Creek
      • Mesquite Creek [Mohave County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the northwest of Franconia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesquite Creek
    • Oatman [Mohave County]
    • Tin Shack [San Bernardino County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tin Shack
      • Tin Shack [San Bernardino County] was located 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the south of Franconia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tin Shack have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Willow Valley [Mohave County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willow Valley
      • Willow Valley [Mohave County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Franconia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willow Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Willow Valley

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 Franconia. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Sam Kinison     (Comedian)
      • Comedian. He was born in Yakima (Washington) on Tueday December 8, 1953 and died in Needles (California) on Friday April 10, 1992 at the age of 38. He is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery (Tulsa County, Oklahoma).
      • Needles is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the west of Franconia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Sam Kinison<6>
    • Troy Ruttman, Sr.     (Race car driver)
      • Race car driver. He was born in Mooreland (Oklahoma) on Tueday March 11, 1930 and died in Lake Havasu City (Arizona) on Monday May 19, 1997 at the age of 67. He is buried at Mooreland Cemetery (Woodward County, Oklahoma).
      • Lake Havasu City is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Franconia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Troy Ruttman, Sr.<6>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Franconia and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Kingman, which is the Seat of Mohave County and lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<2> to the north northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Franconia to Kingman, with an average speed<7> 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 about two full days.
    • Phoenix, which is the State Capital of Arizona, lies 153 miles [246.2 km] to the southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 2,063 miles [3,320.1 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take 4 days, a buggy would take 81 days and walking would take 118 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 7,427 miles [11,952.6 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 8,195 miles [13,188.6 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 6,155 miles [9,905.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Mohave County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mohave County: www.co.mohave.az.us/

The official website for State of Arizona: https://az.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Franconia 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.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Franconia) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Franconia. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7395, Longitude: -114.2682       In this case, the coordinates for Franconia have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>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 Franconia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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: findagrave.com.
<7>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.
<8>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 Franconia to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 333.095 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 332.38 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 323.37 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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