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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 Athlone, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Athlone and the surrounding area.

  • 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 Athlone:
    • 37.207999, -120.357960
    • 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 Athlone
  • 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 Athlone ...

We have found eight communities that share the name Athlone.

Within California, the name Athlone is unique.

Beyond California, we know of another eight communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these eight communities, five are located in the United States and three are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alberta
      • This Athlone lies 1,176 miles [1,892.6 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Athlone that is located in Merced County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athlone
    • Louisiana
      • Concordia Parish
      • This Athlone is located in Concordia Parish and lies 1,668 miles [2,684.4 km]<1> to the east of the Athlone that is located in Merced County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athlone
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Concordia Parish community of Athlone.
    • Michigan
      • Monroe County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Michigan community of Athlone [Monroe County].
    • Newfoundland and Labrador
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Newfoundland and Labrador community of Athlone.
    • North Carolina
      • Yancey County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Carolina community of Athlone [Yancey County].
    • Ohio
      • Butler 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 Athlone [Butler County].
    • Ontario
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ontario community of Athlone.
    • Virginia
      • Rockingham County
      • This Athlone is located in Rockingham County and lies 2,252 miles [3,624.2 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Athlone that is located in Merced County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athlone
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rockingham County community of Athlone.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Athlone ...

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.

  • Ash [Madera County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ash
    • Ash [Madera County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Athlone
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ash have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Castle Gardens [Merced County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Castle Gardens
    • Castle Gardens [Merced County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Athlone
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Castle Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Castle Gardens
  • Chowchilla [Madera County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chowchilla
    • Chowchilla [Madera County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Athlone
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 18,153 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chowchilla
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chowchilla<5>
  • Cuba [Merced County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cuba
    • Cuba [Merced County] was located 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Athlone
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cuba have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Dairyland [Madera County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dairyland
      • Dairyland [Madera County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Athlone
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dairyland have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dairyland
    • Lincoln [Madera County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln
      • Lincoln [Madera County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Athlone
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lincoln have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Plains [Madera County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plains
      • Plains [Madera County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Athlone
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plains have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Plainsburg [Merced County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plainsburg
      • Plainsburg [Merced County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Athlone
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plainsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plainsburg

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 Athlone. 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 ...
    • Jim Brewer     (Major League Baseball)
      • Full name: James Thomas Brewer
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Merced (CA) on November 14, 1937 (a Sunday) and died in Tyler (TX) on November 16, 1987 (a Monday) at the age of 50. He is buried at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens (Tulsa County, Oklahoma).
      • Merced is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of Athlone.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jim Brewer<6>
    • Thomas Hill     (Artist)
      • Artist. He was born in Birmingham (England) on September 11, 1829 (a Friday) and died in Raymond (CA) on June 30, 1908 (a Tueday) at the age of 78. He is buried at Mountain View Cemetery (Alameda County, California).
      • Raymond is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Athlone.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Hill<6>

How Far From Athlone to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Athlone to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Merced, which is the Seat of Merced County and lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Athlone to Merced, with an average speed<7> 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.
    • Sacramento, which is the State Capital of California, lies 112 miles [180.2 km] to the north northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 2,336 miles [3,759.4 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 92 days and walking would take 133 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 7,412 miles [11,928.5 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 8,180 miles [13,164.4 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 6,210 miles [9,994 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Merced County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Merced County: www.co.merced.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Athlone) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Athlone. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2080, Longitude: -120.3580       In this case, the coordinates for Athlone have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Athlone 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.
<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 Athlone, 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 Athlone 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 338.408 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 338.962 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 326.907 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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