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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 Plains, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Plains 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 Plains:
    • 47.460365, -114.884450
    • 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 Plains
  • 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 Plains ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Plains.

Within Montana, the name Plains is unique.

Beyond Montana, we know of another 21 communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • California
      • Madera County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the California community of Plains [Madera County].
    • Florida
      • Highlands County
      • This Plains is located in Highlands County and lies 2,279 miles [3,667.7 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Highlands County community of Plains.
    • Georgia
      • Cobb County
      • This Plains is located in Cobb County and lies 1,824 miles [2,935.4 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cobb County community of Plains.
      • Sumter County
      • This Plains is located in Sumter County and lies 1,918 miles [3,086.7 km] to the east southeast of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Sumter County community of Plains.
    • Kansas
      • Meade County
      • This Plains is located in Meade County and lies 1,010 miles [1,625.4 km]<2> to the southeast of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Meade County community of Plains.
    • Kentucky
      • Breckinridge 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 Kentucky community of Plains [Breckinridge County].
    • Louisiana
      • East Baton Rouge Parish
      • This Plains is located in East Baton Rouge Parish and lies 1,705 miles [2,743.9 km]<2> to the southeast of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the East Baton Rouge Parish community of Plains.
    • Maryland
      • Caroline County
      • This Plains is located in Caroline County and lies 2,023 miles [3,255.7 km]<2> to the east of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Caroline County community of Plains.
      • Charles County
      • This Plains is located in Charles County and lies 1,996 miles [3,212.3 km] to the east of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Charles County community of Plains.
    • Massachusetts
      • Nantucket County
      • This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Massachusetts community of Plains [Nantucket County].
    • Michigan
      • Marquette County
      • This Plains is located in Marquette County and lies 1,292 miles [2,079.3 km]<2> to the east of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Marquette County community of Plains.
    • New Hampshire
      • Belknap County
      • This Plains is located in Belknap County and lies 2,089 miles [3,361.9 km]<2> to the east of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Belknap County community of Plains.
    • New Jersey
      • Sussex County
      • This Plains is located in Sussex County and lies 2,009 miles [3,233.2 km]<2> to the east of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Sussex County community of Plains.
    • New York
      • Oneida 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 New York community of Plains [Oneida County].
      • Washington County
      • This Plains is located in Washington County and lies 2,016 miles [3,244.4 km]<2> to the east of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washington County community of Plains.
    • Ohio
      • Athens County
      • This Plains is located in Athens County and lies 1,720 miles [2,768.1 km]<2> to the east of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Athens County community of Plains.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Luzerne County
      • This Plains is located in Luzerne County and lies 1,951 miles [3,139.8 km]<2> to the east of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Luzerne County community of Plains.
    • South Carolina
      • Chesterfield 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 Plains [Chesterfield County].
    • Texas
      • Borden County
      • This Plains is located in Borden County and lies 1,219 miles [1,961.8 km]<2> to the southeast of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Borden County community of Plains.
      • Yoakum County
      • This Plains is located in Yoakum County and lies 1,169 miles [1,881.3 km] to the southeast of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Yoakum County community of Plains.
    • Virginia
      • Fauquier County
      • This Plains is located in Fauquier County and lies 1,940 miles [3,122.1 km]<2> to the east of the Plains that is located in Sanders County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fauquier County community of Plains.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Plains ...

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.

  • Cabin City [Mineral County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cabin City
    • Cabin City [Mineral County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the west of Plains
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cabin City have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cabin City
  • Cedar Mouth [Mineral County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedar Mouth
    • Cedar Mouth [Mineral County] was located 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the south of Plains
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Mouth have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Hot Springs [Sanders County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hot Springs
    • Hot Springs [Sanders County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the northeast of Plains
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 587 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hot Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hot Springs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hot Springs<5>
  • Island City [Sanders County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Island City
    • Island City [Sanders County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the southeast of Plains
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Island City have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Keystone [Mineral County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Keystone
      • Keystone [Mineral County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the south of Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Keystone have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Lonepine [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lonepine
      • Lonepine [Sanders County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the northeast of Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lonepine have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lonepine
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lonepine<5>
    • Oliverville [Mineral County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oliverville
      • Oliverville [Mineral County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the south of Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oliverville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oliverville
    • Paradise [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paradise
      • Paradise [Sanders County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paradise have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paradise
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Paradise<5>
    • Spring Gulch [Mineral County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spring Gulch
      • Spring Gulch [Mineral County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the south of Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spring Gulch have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Gulch
    • Superior [Mineral County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Superior
      • Superior [Mineral County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the south of Plains
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 897 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Superior
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Superior<5>

How Far From Plains to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as Plains to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Thompson Falls, which is the Seat of Sanders County and lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the west northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Plains to Thompson Falls, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
    • Helena, which is the State Capital of Montana, lies 147 miles [236.6 km] to the east southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,973 miles [3,175.2 km] to the east (E). Driving would take three full days, a buggy would take 77 days and walking would take 113 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,651 miles [10,703.7 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,419 miles [11,939.7 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,470 miles [8,803.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Montana

About Sanders County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Sanders County: www.co.sanders.mt.us/

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Plains, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>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- Plains) 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 Plains. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PlainsOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Plains. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.4604, Longitude: -114.8845       In this case, the coordinates for Plains have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Plains 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 have 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 Plains 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 334.779 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 335.363 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 322.96 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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