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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 Portland, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Portland 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 Portland:
    • 41.599266, -72.590646
    • 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 Portland
  • 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 Portland ...

We have found three communities that share the name Portland.

Within Connecticut, the name Portland is unique.

Beyond Connecticut, we know of another three communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • New York
      • Chautauqua County
      • This Portland is located in Chautauqua County and lies 356 miles [572.9 km]<1> to the west of the Portland that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Chautauqua County community of Portland.
    • Wisconsin
      • Dodge County
      • This Portland is located in Dodge County and lies 840 miles [1,351.8 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Portland that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dodge County community of Portland.
      • Monroe County
      • This Portland is located in Monroe County and lies 937 miles [1,508 km] to the west northwest of the Portland that is located in Middlesex County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Monroe County community of Portland.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Portland ...

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.

  • Cobalt [Middlesex County]
  • Cobalt Landing [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cobalt Landing
    • Cobalt Landing [Middlesex County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Portland
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cobalt Landing have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cobalt Landing
  • Cotton Hollow [Hartford County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cotton Hollow
    • Cotton Hollow [Hartford County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Portland
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cotton Hollow have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cotton Hollow
  • Fox Meadows [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fox Meadows
    • Fox Meadows [Middlesex County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Portland
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fox Meadows have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fox Meadows
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    • Gildersleeve [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gildersleeve
      • Gildersleeve [Middlesex County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gildersleeve have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gildersleeve
    • Hopewell [Hartford County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hopewell
      • Hopewell [Hartford County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hopewell have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hopewell
    • Long Hill [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Long Hill
      • Long Hill [Middlesex County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Long Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long Hill
    • Rocky Hill [Hartford County]
    • Skinnerville [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Skinnerville
      • Skinnerville [Middlesex County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Skinnerville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Skinnerville

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 Portland. 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.

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    • Astrid Allwyn     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Manchester (Connecticut) on Monday November 27, 1905 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday March 31, 1978 at the age of 72. She is buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Manchester is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Astrid Allwyn<4>
    • Robert Ames     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Hartford (Connecticut) on Saturday March 23, 1889 and died in New York (New York) on Friday November 27, 1931 at the age of 42. He is buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery (Hartford County, Connecticut).
      • Hartford is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Ames<4>
    • Peter William Appleton     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Terryville (Connecticut) on Friday May 20, 1904 and died in Trenton (New Jersey) on Friday January 18, 1974 at the age of 69. He is buried at St. Gertrudes Cemetery (Middlesex County, New Jersey).
      • Terryville is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the west of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Peter William Appleton<4>
    • Humbert Allen Astredo     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Pasadena (California) on Thursday April 4, 1929 and died in Guilford (Connecticut) on Friday February 19, 2016 at the age of 86. He is buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park (San Mateo County, California).
      • Guilford is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the south of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Humbert Allen Astredo<4>
    • Delia Salter Bacon     (Author)
      • Author. She was born in Tallmadge (Ohio) on Saturday February 2, 1811 and died in Hartford (Connecticut) on Friday September 2, 1859 at the age of 48. She is buried at Grove Street Cemetery (New Haven County, Connecticut).
      • Hartford is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Delia Salter Bacon<4>
    • John Joseph 'Jack' Barry     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Meriden (Connecticut) on Tueday April 26, 1887 and died in Shrewsbury (Massachusetts) on Sunday April 23, 1961 at the age of 74. He is buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery (New Haven County, Connecticut).
      • Meriden is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the west of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Joseph 'Jack' Barry<4>
    • Christopher 'Battling' Battalino     (Professional boxer)
      • Professional boxer. He was born in Hartford (Connecticut) on Tueday February 18, 1908 and died in Hartford (Connecticut) on Monday July 25, 1977 at the age of 69. He is buried at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery (Hartford County, Connecticut).
      • Hartford is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Portland.
      • Hartford is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Christopher 'Battling' Battalino<4>
    • Charles Austin Beard     (Historian)
      • Historian. He was born on Friday November 27, 1874 and died in North Haven (Connecticut) on Wednesday September 1, 1948 at the age of 73. He is buried at Ferncliff Cemetery (Westchester County, New York).
      • North Haven is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Austin Beard<4>
    • Edward James 'Ed' Begley, Sr.     (Actor)
    • Frank Beisler     (Professional hockey)
      • Professional hockey. He was born in North Haven (Connecticut) on Thursday October 9, 1913 and died in North Haven (Connecticut) on Saturday September 8, 1973 at the age of 59. He is buried at St. Lawrence Cemetery (New Haven County, Connecticut).
      • North Haven is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • North Haven is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Beisler<4>
    • Marian Bergeron     (Miss America (1933), singer)
      • Miss America (1933), singer. She was born in West Haven (Connecticut) on Friday May 3, 1918 and died in Kettering (Ohio) on Tueday October 22, 2002 at the age of 84. She is buried at Woodland Cemetery (Montgomery County, Ohio).
      • West Haven is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marian Bergeron<4>
    • Marilyn Borden     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Hartford (Connecticut) on Sunday May 29, 1932 and died in Modesto (California) on Wednesday March 25, 2009 at the age of 76.
      • Hartford is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marilyn Borden<4>
    • Rosalyn 'Roz' Borden     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Hartford (Connecticut) on Sunday May 29, 1932 and died in Modesto (California) on Thursday January 23, 2003 at the age of 70.
      • Hartford is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rosalyn 'Roz' Borden<4>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Hartford, which is the State Capital of Connecticut, lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Portland to Hartford, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 299 miles [481.2 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,598 miles [9,009.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,305 miles [10,146.9 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,181 miles [6,728.7 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Connecticut: https://portal.ct.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- Portland) 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 Portland. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Portland

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portland. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5993, Longitude: -72.5906       In this case, the coordinates for Portland have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Portland to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 304.997 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 300.594 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 301.632 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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