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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 Balfour, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Balfour 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 Balfour:
    • 47.952227, -100.535142
    • 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 Balfour
  • 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 Balfour ...

We have found five communities that share the name Balfour.

Within North Dakota, the name Balfour is unique.

Beyond North Dakota, we know of another five communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these five communities, three are located in the United States and two are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • British Columbia
      • This Balfour lies 754 miles [1,213.4 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Balfour that is located in McHenry County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Balfour
    • Colorado
      • Park 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 Colorado community of Balfour [Park County].
    • Iowa
      • Mills County
      • This Balfour is located in Mills County and lies 533 miles [857.8 km]<1> to the south southeast of the Balfour that is located in McHenry County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Balfour
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Mills County community of Balfour.
    • North Carolina
      • Henderson County
      • This Balfour is located in Henderson County and lies 1,269 miles [2,042.3 km]<1> to the southeast of the Balfour that is located in McHenry County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Balfour
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Henderson County community of Balfour.
    • Ontario
      • 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 Ontario community of Balfour.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Balfour ...

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.

  • Harvey [Wells County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harvey
    • Harvey [Wells County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Balfour
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,646 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harvey have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harvey
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harvey<5>
  • Lincoln Valley [Sheridan County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln Valley
    • Lincoln Valley [Sheridan County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Balfour
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lincoln Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln Valley
  • Martin [Sheridan County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martin
    • Martin [Sheridan County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Balfour
    • Estimated population in 2019: 70 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martin have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martin
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Martin<5>
  • Rugby [Pierce County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rugby
    • Rugby [Pierce County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Balfour
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,590 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rugby have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rugby
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rugby<5>
  • Continue List   (3 more) ...
    • Towner [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Towner
      • Towner [McHenry County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Balfour
      • Estimated population in 2019: 526 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Towner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Towner
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Towner<5>
    • Turtle Lake [McLean County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Turtle Lake
      • Turtle Lake [McLean County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Balfour
      • Estimated population in 2019: 554 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Turtle Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Turtle Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Turtle Lake<5>
    • Voltaire [McHenry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Voltaire
      • Voltaire [McHenry County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the west of Balfour
      • Estimated population in 2019: 45 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Voltaire have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Voltaire
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Voltaire<5>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Towner, which is the Seat of McHenry County and lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Balfour to Towner, 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 just over a day.
    • Bismarck, which is the State Capital of North Dakota, lies 79 miles [127.1 km] to the south (S). 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 1,326 miles [2,134 km] to the east southeast (ESE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 52 days and walking would take 76 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,281 miles [10,108.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,047 miles [11,341 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,003 miles [8,051.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for North Dakota

About McHenry County

About North Dakota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of North Dakota: www.nd.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Balfour. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.9522, Longitude: -100.5351       In this case, the coordinates for Balfour 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 Balfour, 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 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 Balfour 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 Balfour 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 323.626 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 322.608 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.064 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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