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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 Hector, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Hector 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 Hector:
    • 42.472850, -76.793566
    • 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 Hector
  • 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 Hector ...

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.

  • Butternut Park [Tompkins County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Butternut Park
    • Butternut Park [Tompkins County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Hector
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Butternut Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Butternut Park
  • Cat Elbow Corner [Seneca County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cat Elbow Corner
    • Cat Elbow Corner [Seneca County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Hector
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cat Elbow Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cat Elbow Corner
  • Christian Hill [Tompkins County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Christian Hill
    • Christian Hill [Tompkins County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Hector
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Christian Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Christian Hill
  • Hector [Schuyler County]
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    • Irelandville [Schuyler County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Irelandville
      • Irelandville [Schuyler County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Hector
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Irelandville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Irelandville
    • Podunk [Tompkins County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Podunk
      • Podunk [Tompkins County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Hector
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Podunk have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Podunk
    • Reading Center [Schuyler County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reading Center
      • Reading Center [Schuyler County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Hector
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reading Center have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reading Center
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reading Center<3>
    • Rock Stream [Yates County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Stream
      • Rock Stream [Yates County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Hector
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rock Stream have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Stream
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rock Stream<3>

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 Hector. 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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    • A.R. Ammons     (Poet)
      • Full name: Archie Randolph Ammons
      • Poet. He was born in Whiteville (NC) on February 26, 1926 (a Friday) and died in Ithaca (NY) on February 26, 2001 (a Monday) at the age of 75. He is buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery (Tompkins County, New York).
      • Ithaca is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Hector.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: A.R. Ammons<4>
    • Richard Bakalyan     (Actor)
    • Aurora 'Lola' Baldwin     (One of the first policewomen in the United States)
      • Born: Aurora Greene
      • One of the first policewomen in the United States. She was born in Elmira (NY) in 1860 and died on June 22, 1957 (a Saturday). She is buried at River View Cemetery (Multnomah County, Oregon).
      • Elmira is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Hector.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Aurora 'Lola' Baldwin<4>
    • John Edgar Clapp     (Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1876/04/26:1883/09/28)
      • Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1876/04/26:1883/09/28. He was born in Ithaca (NY) on July 15, 1851 (a Tueday) and died in Ithaca (NY) on December 18, 1904 (a Sunday) at the age of 53. He is buried at Lake View Cemetery (Tompkins County, New York).
      • Ithaca is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Hector.
      • Ithaca is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Hector.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Edgar Clapp<4>
    • Olivia 'Livy' Langdon Clemens     (Married to Samuel Clemens ('Mark Twain'))
      • Married to Samuel Clemens ('Mark Twain'). She was born in Elmira (NY) on November 27, 1845 (a Thursday) and died in Florence (Italy) on June 5, 1904 (a Sunday) at the age of 58. She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Chemung County, New York).
      • Elmira is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Hector.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Olivia 'Livy' Langdon Clemens<4>
    • Glenn Hammond Curtiss     (Aviation pioneer)
    • Peter Joseph Wilhelm Debye     (Nobel laureate, chemist, physicist)
      • Nobel laureate, chemist, physicist. He was born in Maastricht (Netherlands) on March 24, 1884 (a Monday) and died in Ithaca (NY) on November 2, 1996 (a Saturday) at the age of 112. He is buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery (Tompkins County, New York).
      • Ithaca is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Hector.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Peter Joseph Wilhelm Debye<4>
    • Millard Fillmore     (13th President of the US (1850 - 1853))
      • 13th President of the US (1850 - 1853). He was born in Summer Hill (NY) on January 7, 1800 (a Tueday) and died in Buffalo (NY) on March 8, 1874 (a Sunday) at the age of 74. He is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Erie County, New York).
      • Summer Hill is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of Hector.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Millard Fillmore<4>
    • Thomas Gold     (Astronomer, geoscientist)
      • Astronomer, geoscientist. He was born in Vienna (Austria) on May 22, 1920 (a Saturday) and died in Ithaca (NY) on June 22, 2004 (a Tueday) at the age of 84. He is buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery (Tompkins County, New York).
      • Ithaca is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Hector.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Gold<4>
    • Robert A. 'Bob, the Hig' Higgins     (Professional football)
    • Coates Kinney     (Poet)
      • Poet. He was born in Penn Yan (NY) on November 24, 1826 (a Friday) and died in Cincinnati (OH) on January 25, 1904 (a Monday) at the age of 77. He is buried at Miami Cemetery (Warren County, Ohio).
      • Penn Yan is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northwest of Hector.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Coates Kinney<4>
    • Lewis Henry Morgan     (Pioneering anthopologist and considered the father of ethnology)
      • Pioneering anthopologist and considered the father of ethnology. He was born in Aurora (NY) on November 21, 1818 (a Saturday) and died in Rochester (NY) on December 17, 1881 (a Saturday) at the age of 63. He is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery (Monroe County, New York).
      • Aurora is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Hector.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lewis Henry Morgan<4>
    • Anna Campbell Palmer     (Author)
      • Author. She was born in Elmira (NY) on February 3, 1854 (a Friday) and died in Elmira (NY) on June 18, 1928 (a Monday) at the age of 74. She is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Chemung County, New York).
      • Elmira is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Hector.
      • Elmira is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Hector.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anna Campbell Palmer<4>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Watkins Glen, which is the Seat of Schuyler County and lies just to the South Southwest.
    • Albany, which is the State Capital of New York, lies 154 miles [247.8 km]<1> to the east (E). If you could drive a straight line from Hector to Albany, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 247 miles [397.5 km] to the south (S). Driving would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,736 miles [9,231.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,456 miles [10,389.9 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,331 miles [6,970.1 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Schuyler County: www.lightlink.com/schco/

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Hector) 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 Hector. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from HectorOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hector. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4729, Longitude: -76.7936       In this case, the coordinates for Hector 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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Hector to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 307.457 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 303.51 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 303.146 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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