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

  • Weather ...
  • 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 Red Butte:
    • 47.538992, -102.084668
    • 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 Red Butte
  • 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 Red Butte ...

We have found three communities that share the name Red Butte.

Within North Dakota, the name Red Butte is unique.

Beyond North Dakota, we know of another three communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Nevada
      • Humboldt 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 Nevada community of Red Butte [Humboldt County].
    • Utah
      • Salt Lake County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Utah community of Red Butte [Salt Lake County].
    • Wyoming
      • Natrona County
      • This Red Butte is located in Natrona County and lies 389 miles [626 km]<3> to the southwest of the Red Butte that is located in Mercer County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Butte
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Natrona County community of Red Butte.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Red Butte ...

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.

  • Beaver Creek (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southeast) - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beaver Creek
    • Beaver Creek was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<3> to the southeast of Red Butte and is located in Mercer County
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Beaver Creek. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
  • Dodge (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dodge
    • Dodge lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<3> to the south of Red Butte and is located in Dunn County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 96 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dodge
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dodge<5>
  • Elbowoods (5 miles [8 km] to the northwest) - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elbowoods
    • Elbowoods was located 5 miles [8 km]<3> to the northwest of Red Butte and is located in McLean County
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Elbowoods. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
  • Golden Valley (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Golden Valley
    • Golden Valley lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<3> to the south of Red Butte and is located in Mercer County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 164 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Golden Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Golden Valley
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Golden Valley<5>
  • Independance (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest) - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Independance
    • Independance was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<3> to the northwest of Red Butte and is located in Dunn County
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Independance. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
  • Lucky Mound (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest) - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lucky Mound
    • Lucky Mound was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<3> to the northwest of Red Butte and is located in McLean County
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Lucky Mound. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
  • Roseglen (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
  • Twin Buttes (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Twin Buttes
    • Twin Buttes lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<3> to the west of Red Butte and is located in Dunn County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Twin Buttes
  • Zap (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zap
    • Zap lies 18 miles [29 km]<3> to the southeast of Red Butte and is located in Mercer County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 216 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zap
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Zap<5>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic community of Red Butte once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Red Butte and extending to:

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    • Stanton, which is the Seat of Mercer County and lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<3> to the east southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Red Butte to Stanton, with an average speed<7> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
    • Bismarck, which is the State Capital of North Dakota, lies 79 miles [127.1 km] to the southeast (SE). 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 1,386 miles [2,230.6 km] to the east southeast (ESE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 55 days and walking would take 79 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,346 miles [10,212.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,113 miles [11,447.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,075 miles [8,167.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

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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 Red Butte, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>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 Red Butte 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.
<3>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Red Butte) 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 Red Butte. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Red ButteOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Red Butte. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.5390, Longitude: -102.0847    
<4>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Red Butte to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 324.788 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 323.885 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.078 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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