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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 Grand Island, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Grand Island 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 Grand Island:
    • 43.022001, -78.963929
    • 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 Grand Island
  • 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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Grand Island ...

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.

  • Colonial Village [Niagara County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Colonial Village
    • Colonial Village [Niagara County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Grand Island
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Colonial Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colonial Village
  • Crescent Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crescent Park
    • Crescent Park lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Grand Island
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crescent Park came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<3>
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crescent Park
  • Edgewater [Erie County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edgewater
    • Edgewater [Erie County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Grand Island
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edgewater have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edgewater
  • Falls View
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falls View
    • Falls View lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Grand Island
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Falls View came from an uncertain source and they still need to be verified:<3>
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falls View
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    • Ferry Village [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ferry Village
      • Ferry Village [Erie County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Grand Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ferry Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ferry Village
    • Green Acres Valley [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Acres Valley
      • Green Acres Valley [Erie County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Grand Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Acres Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Acres Valley
    • Love Canal [Niagara County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Love Canal
      • Love Canal [Niagara County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Grand Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Love Canal have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Martinsville [Niagara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martinsville
      • Martinsville [Niagara County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Grand Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martinsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martinsville
    • Sandy Beach [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandy Beach
      • Sandy Beach [Erie County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Grand Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sandy Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandy Beach
    • Soldiers Place [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Soldiers Place
      • Soldiers Place [Erie County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Grand Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Soldiers Place have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Soldiers Place
    • Sour Spring Grove [Erie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sour Spring Grove
      • Sour Spring Grove [Erie County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Grand Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sour Spring Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sour Spring Grove
    • Stevensville
    • Varsity Village [Niagara County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Varsity Village
      • Varsity Village [Niagara County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Grand Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Varsity Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Varsity Village
    • White Pigeon
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Pigeon
      • White Pigeon lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Grand Island
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Pigeon

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 Grand Island. 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.

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    • Elizabeth Arden     (Businesswoman)
      • Businesswoman. She was born in Vaughan (ON) on December 31, 1878 (a Tueday) and died in Manhattan (NY) on October 18, 1966 (a Tueday) at the age of 87. She is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (Westchester County, New York).
      • Vaughan is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Grand Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth Arden<5>
    • James Joseph 'Jimmy' Collins     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Niagara Falls (NY) on January 16, 1870 (a Sunday) and died in Buffalo (NY) on March 6, 1943 (a Saturday) at the age of 73.
      • Niagara Falls is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest of Grand Island.
      • Buffalo is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast of Grand Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Joseph 'Jimmy' Collins<5>
    • Thomas J. Cottonaro     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Castrogiovanni (Enna), Italy on March 20, 1914 (a Friday) and died in Niagara Falls (NY) on February 7, 2001 (a Wednesday) at the age of 86. He is buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Erie County, New York).
      • Niagara Falls is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest of Grand Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas J. Cottonaro<5>
    • William Donald 'Bill' Cupolo     (Professional hockey)
      • Professional hockey. He was born in Niagara Falls (ON) on January 8, 1924 (a Tueday) and died in Niagara Falls (ON) on December 7, 2005 (a Wednesday) at the age of 81. He is buried at Fairview Cemetery (Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario).
      • Niagara Falls is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest of Grand Island.
      • Niagara Falls is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest of Grand Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Donald 'Bill' Cupolo<5>
    • Tom Day     (Professional football)
      • Full name: Thomas Frederick Day
      • Professional football. He was born in Washington, DC on August 20, 1935 (a Tueday) and died in Amherst (NY) on August 21, 2000 (a Monday) at the age of 65. He is buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Erie County, New York).
      • Amherst is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the east of Grand Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tom Day<5>
    • Edward James 'Ed' Delahanty     (Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1888/05/22:1903/06/25)
    • Michael Fonfara     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Stevensville (ON) on August 11, 1946 (a Sunday) and died in Toronto (ON) on January 8, 2021 (a Friday) at the age of 74. We don't have any burial details.
      • Stevensville is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest of Grand Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael Fonfara<5>
    • Kathleen Howard     (Opera singer, actress)
      • Opera singer, actress. She was born in Clifton (ON) on July 27, 1879 (a Sunday) and died in Hollywood (CA) on April 15, 1956 (a Sunday) at the age of 76. She is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Erie County, New York).
      • Clifton is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest of Grand Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kathleen Howard<5>
    • Warren Hull     (Actor)
      • Full name: John Warren Hull
      • Actor. He was born in Gasport (NY) on January 17, 1903 (a Saturday) and died in Waterbury (CT) on September 14, 1974 (a Saturday) at the age of 71.
      • Gasport is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Grand Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Warren Hull<5>
    • Jim Hurtubise     (Race car driver)
    • Ted 'Teeder' Kennedy     (Professional hockey)
      • Professional hockey. He was born in Humberstone (ON) on December 12, 1925 (a Saturday) and died in Port Colborne (ON) on August 14, 2009 (a Friday) at the age of 83. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery (Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario).
      • Humberstone is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest of Grand Island.
      • Port Colborne is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest of Grand Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ted 'Teeder' Kennedy<5>
    • Monroe Salisbury     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Angola (NY) on May 8, 1876 (a Monday) and died on August 6, 1935 (a Tueday) at the age of 59. He is buried at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Angola is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Grand Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Monroe Salisbury<5>
    • Justin Strzelczyk     (Professional football)

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Buffalo, which is the Seat of Erie County and lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Grand Island to Buffalo, 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.
    • Albany, which is the State Capital of New York, lies 264 miles [424.9 km] to the east (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 15 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 301 miles [484.4 km] to the south southeast (SSE). Driving would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 18 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,800 miles [9,334.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,525 miles [10,501 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,402 miles [7,084.3 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<10>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Erie County: www.erie.gov/

The official website for State of New York: https://www.ny.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 drawn from Point A (ie- Grand Island) 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 Grand Island. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Grand IslandOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grand Island. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0220, Longitude: -78.9639       In this case, the coordinates for Grand Island have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>If we have found a location and have questions about the accuracy of our information, we will simply say that the marker is 'in the vicinity'. We are not confident about the location and the position of our marker is only a rough guide. If we have too many doubts about the location, we will not include it in our database.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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: findagrave.com.
<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 Grand Island 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 308.77 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.078 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 303.945 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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