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Riga, Kansas

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The location of Riga

Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Riga, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Riga and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Riga and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track 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 the location for Riga. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Riga.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Trego County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Trego County sighting report from eBird.

Since Riga is near Ellis County and also Graham County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Ellis County

Sighting report for Graham County

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

The website, centered on Riga.

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

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

  • WaKeeney [Map], which is the Seat of Trego County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Riga to WaKeeney, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Topeka [Map], which is the State Capital of Kansas, lies 213 miles [342.8 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,211 miles [1,948.9 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 48 days and walking would take 69 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,752 miles [10,866.3 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 7,506 miles [12,079.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,409 miles [8,704.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Riga ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Riga.

While the name Riga is unique within Kansas, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Kansas


Lenawee County

Our profile page for Riga, Lenawee County   [Map]

Distance: About 854 miles [1,374.4 km] to the East Northeast.


Ripley County

Our profile page for Riga, Ripley County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 518 miles [833.6 km] to the East Southeast.

New York

Monroe County

Our profile page for Riga, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,165 miles [1,874.9 km] to the East Northeast.

North Dakota

McHenry County

Our profile page for Riga, McHenry County   [Map]

Distance: About 647 miles [1,041.2 km] to the North.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Riga ...

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.

Arnold   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the Southwest of Riga   [Map]

Catharine   -   23 miles [37 km] to the East   [Map]

Fort Downer   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hays   -   18 miles [29 km] to the East   [Map]

Hill City   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Hog Back   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Plainville   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Ransom   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Turkville   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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 Riga. 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.

Elon Chester 'Chief' Hogsett

Major League Baseball. He was born in Brownell (Kansas) on Monday November 2, 1903 and died in Hays (Kansas) on Tueday July 17, 2001 at an age of 97.

Brownell [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the south of Riga

Hays [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the east of Riga

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elon Chester 'Chief' Hogsett<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Trego County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Kansas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Riga) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riga. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9506, Longitude: -99.6504     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Riga 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 Riga 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 322.562 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 320.313 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.243 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 Riga, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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:

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