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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 Acton, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Acton and the surrounding area.

  • 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 Acton:
    • 43.534247, -70.909785
    • 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 Acton
  • 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 Acton ...

We found 24 communities that share the name Acton.

Within Maine, the name Acton is unique.

Beyond Maine, we know of another 21 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 21 communities, nineteen are located in the United States and two are in Canada.

In addition to the above occurrences of Acton, we know of three communities located outside of the United States and Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Jefferson County
      • This Acton is located in Jefferson County and lies 1,100 miles [1,770.3 km]<1> to the southwest of the Acton that is located in York County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Acton.
      • Shelby County
      • This Acton is located in Shelby County and lies 1,107 miles [1,781.5 km] to the southwest of the Acton that is located in York County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Shelby County community of Acton.
    • California
      • Los Angeles County
      • This Acton is located in Los Angeles County and lies 2,577 miles [4,147.3 km]<1> to the west of the Acton that is located in York County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Los Angeles County community of Acton.
    • Florida
      • Polk County
      • This community is historic<2> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Florida community of Acton [Polk County].
    • Georgia
      • Harris County
      • This community is historic<2> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Acton [Harris County].
    • Indiana
      • Marion County
      • This Acton is located in Marion County and lies 820 miles [1,319.7 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Acton that is located in York County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Marion County community of Acton.
    • Kentucky
      • Taylor County
      • This Acton is located in Taylor County and lies 864 miles [1,390.5 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Acton that is located in York County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Taylor County community of Acton.
    • Massachusetts
      • Middlesex County
      • This Acton is located in Middlesex County and lies 77 miles [123.9 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Acton that is located in York County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Middlesex County community of Acton.
    • Minnesota
      • Meeker County
      • This Acton is located in Meeker County and lies 1,174 miles [1,889.4 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Acton that is located in York County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Meeker County community of Acton.
    • Montana
      • Yellowstone County
      • This Acton is located in Yellowstone County and lies 1,842 miles [2,964.4 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Acton that is located in York County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Yellowstone County community of Acton.
    • Nevada
      • Clark County
      • This community is historic<2> and although located in Clark County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clark County community of Acton.
    • New Brunswick
      • This Acton lies 246 miles [395.9 km]<1> to the northeast of the Acton that is located in York County.
    • New Jersey
      • Salem County
      • This Acton is located in Salem County and lies 358 miles [576.1 km]<1> to the southwest of the Acton that is located in York County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Salem County community of Acton.
    • North Carolina
      • Buncombe County
      • This Acton is located in Buncombe County and lies 831 miles [1,337.4 km]<1> to the southwest of the Acton that is located in York County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Buncombe County community of Acton.
    • North Dakota
      • Walsh County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Dakota community of Acton [Walsh County].
    • Ohio
      • Marion County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ohio community of Acton [Marion County].
    • Ontario
      • This Acton lies 456 miles [733.9 km]<1> to the west of the Acton that is located in York County.
    • South Carolina
      • Richland County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the South Carolina community of Acton [Richland County].
    • Tennessee
      • McNairy County
      • This Acton is located in McNairy County and lies 1,104 miles [1,776.7 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Acton that is located in York County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the McNairy County community of Acton.
    • Texas
      • Hood County
      • This Acton is located in Hood County and lies 1,635 miles [2,631.3 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Acton that is located in York County.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hood County community of Acton.
    • Washington
      • Benton County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Washington community of Acton [Benton County].
  • Communities Beyond North America ...
    • Northern Ireland
      • Distance: 2,911 miles [4,684.8 km]<1> to the northeast
    • England
      • - Shropshire
      • Distance: 3,077 miles [4,952 km]<1> to the northeast
      • - London
      • Distance: 3,208 miles [5,162.8 km] to the northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Acton ...

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.

  • Grape Corner
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grape Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grape Corner
    • Grape Corner is located in Carroll County (NH)
  • Lake Arrowhead
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Arrowhead have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Arrowhead
    • Lake Arrowhead is located in York County
  • Limerick
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
  • Limerick Mills
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Limerick Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Limerick Mills
    • Limerick Mills is located in York County
  • Maplewood
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maplewood have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maplewood
    • Maplewood is located in York County
  • Mee Corners
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mee Corners
    • Mee Corners is located in York County
  • Perrys Corner
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Perrys Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Perrys Corner
    • Perrys Corner is located in York County
  • Shady Nook
    (5 miles [8 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shady Nook have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shady Nook
    • Shady Nook is located in York County
  • Springvale
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southeast)
  • Town House
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Town House have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Town House
    • Town House is located in Strafford County (NH)
  • Union
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union
    • Union is located in Carroll County (NH)
  • Woodman
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodman
    • Woodman is located in Carroll County (NH)

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

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

  • Alfred, which is the Seat of York County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Acton to Alfred, with an average speed<6> 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.
  • Augusta, which is the State Capital of Maine, lies 77 miles [123.9 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 451 miles [725.8 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving would take most of a day, a buggy would take 18 days and walking would take 26 days.
  • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,452 miles [8,774.1 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,164 miles [9,920 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,040 miles [6,501.7 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<10>

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

The official website for York County: www.co.york.me.us/

The official website for State of Maine: https://www.maine.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Acton) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Acton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.5342, Longitude: -70.9098       In this case, the coordinates for Acton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Acton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<3>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Acton 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.
<4>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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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 Acton to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 303.701 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 299.462 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 299.889 degrees.









 

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