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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Coeur d'Alene [Map], which is the Seat of Kootenai County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Spirit Lake to Coeur d'Alene, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Boise City [Map], which is the State Capital of Idaho, lies 302 miles [486 km] to the South (S). 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 18 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,067 miles [3,326.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 81 days and walking would take 118 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,658 miles [10,715 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 7,424 miles [11,947.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,497 miles [8,846.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Spirit Lake ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Spirit Lake.

While the name Spirit Lake is unique within Idaho, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Idaho

Arkansas

Lafayette County

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

Iowa

Dickinson County

Our profile page for Spirit Lake, Dickinson County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,091 miles [1,755.8 km] to the East

Minnesota

Otter Tail County

Our profile page for Spirit Lake, Otter Tail County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Otter Tail County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Spirit Lake, Saint Louis County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Saint Louis County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Washington

Skamania County

Our profile page for Spirit Lake, Skamania County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Skamania County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Spirit Lake ...

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.

Echo Beach   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South of Spirit Lake   [Map]
Fir Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Harlem   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
North Pole   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Silver Beach   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Silver Sands Beach   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Sturgeon   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Twinlow   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kootenai County: www.co.kootenai.id.us/

The official website for State of Idaho: www.state.id.us/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spirit Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.9657, Longitude: -116.8658     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spirit Lake 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 Spirit Lake 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 336.404 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 337.277 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 324.17 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 Spirit Lake 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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