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

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

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

  • Boise City [Map], which is the State Capital of Idaho, lies 322 miles [518.2 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Sandpoint to Boise City, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 19 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 13 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,054 miles [3,305.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 4 days, a buggy would take 81 days and walking would take 117 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,632 miles [10,673.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,399 miles [11,907.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,471 miles [8,804.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sandpoint ...

While the name Sandpoint is unique within Idaho, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Idaho


Smith County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sandpoint ...

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.

Blacktail   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South of Sandpoint   [Map]
Dover   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Evans Landing   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Granite   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hope   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Lignite   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Trestle Creek   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Sandpoint. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sandpoint) 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 Sandpoint. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sandpoint

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sandpoint. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.2806, Longitude: -116.5597     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sandpoint 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 Sandpoint 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 336.17 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 337.029 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 323.938 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 Sandpoint 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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