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Argenta, Illinois

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Decatur [Map], which is the Seat of Macon County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Argenta to Decatur, with an average speed<2> 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.
  • Springfield [Map], which is the State Capital of Illinois, lies 46 miles [74 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 632 miles [1,017.1 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,318 miles [10,167.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,054 miles [11,352.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,935 miles [7,942.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Argenta ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Argenta.

While the name Argenta is unique within Illinois, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Illinois

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Pulaski County

Our profile page for Argenta, Pulaski County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 405 miles [651.8 km] to the South Southwest

British Columbia

Our profile page for Argenta   [Map]
Distance: About 1,528 miles [2,459.1 km] to the Northwest


Allegan County

Our profile page for Argenta, Allegan County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Allegan County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Kalamazoo County

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

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Beaverhead County

Our profile page for Argenta, Beaverhead County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,269 miles [2,042.3 km] to the West Northwest

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Lander County

Our profile page for Argenta, Lander County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,462 miles [2,352.9 km] to the West

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Live Oak County

Our profile page for Argenta, Live Oak County   [Map]
Distance: About 964 miles [1,551.4 km] to the Southwest

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Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Argenta, Salt Lake County
This community is historic.
Although located in Salt Lake County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Argenta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.9854, Longitude: -88.8186     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Argenta 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 Argenta 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 315.206 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.946 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.663 degrees.

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<7>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 Argenta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Argenta.