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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 Poughkeepsie, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Poughkeepsie 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 Poughkeepsie:
    • 41.670927, -73.907081
    • 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 Poughkeepsie
  • 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 Poughkeepsie ...

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.

  • Baileys Gap [Ulster County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Baileys Gap
    • Baileys Gap [Ulster County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Poughkeepsie
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Baileys Gap have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Baileys Gap
  • Diddell [Dutchess County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Diddell
    • Diddell [Dutchess County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Poughkeepsie
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Diddell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Diddell
  • Fishkill Plains [Dutchess County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fishkill Plains
    • Fishkill Plains [Dutchess County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of Poughkeepsie
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fishkill Plains have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fishkill Plains
  • Freedom Plains [Dutchess County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freedom Plains
    • Freedom Plains [Dutchess County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Poughkeepsie
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Freedom Plains
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    • Highland [Ulster County]
    • Highland Landing [Ulster County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Highland Landing
      • Highland Landing [Ulster County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Poughkeepsie
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Highland Landing have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Highland Landing
    • Howland [Dutchess County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Howland
      • Howland [Dutchess County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Poughkeepsie
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Howland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Howland
    • Knapps Corner [Dutchess County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Knapps Corner
      • Knapps Corner [Dutchess County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Poughkeepsie
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Knapps Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Knapps Corner
    • Red Oaks Mill [Dutchess County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Oaks Mill
      • Red Oaks Mill [Dutchess County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Poughkeepsie
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Oaks Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Oaks Mill
    • Shady Brook [Dutchess County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shady Brook
      • Shady Brook [Dutchess County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Poughkeepsie
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shady Brook have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shady Brook
    • Spackenkill [Dutchess County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spackenkill
      • Spackenkill [Dutchess County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Poughkeepsie
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spackenkill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spackenkill
    • Timothy Heights [Dutchess County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Timothy Heights
      • Timothy Heights [Dutchess County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Poughkeepsie
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Timothy Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Timothy Heights

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 Poughkeepsie. 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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    • Slim Aarons     (Photographer)
      • Photographer. He was born on October 29, 1916 (a Sunday) and died in Montrose (NY) on May 23, 2006 (a Tueday) at the age of 89. He is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).
      • Montrose is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Poughkeepsie.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Slim Aarons<4>
    • Maryanne Amacher     (Composer)
      • Composer. She was born in Kane (PA) on February 25, 1938 (a Friday) and died in Rhinebeck (NY) on October 22, 2009 (a Thursday) at the age of 71. She is buried at Montrepose Cemetery (Ulster County, New York).
      • Rhinebeck is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Poughkeepsie.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Maryanne Amacher<4>
    • Timothy Shay Arthur     (Author)
    • Frank F. Bahret     (Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1884/04/17:1884/04/22)
      • Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1884/04/17:1884/04/22. He was born in Poughkeepsie (NY) in 1858 and died in Poughkeepsie (NY) on March 30, 1888 (a Friday). He is buried at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery (Dutchess County, New York).
      • Poughkeepsie is located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the north of Poughkeepsie.
      • Poughkeepsie is located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the north of Poughkeepsie.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank F. Bahret<4>
    • Peter Bogdanovich     (Director, writer, actor, producer)
      • Director, writer, actor, producer. He was born in Kingston (NY) on July 30, 1939 (a Sunday) and died in Los Angeles (CA) on January 6, 2022 (a Thursday) at the age of 82. The body was cremated.
      • Kingston is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Poughkeepsie.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Peter Bogdanovich<4>
    • Jane Matilda Bolin     (Jurist)
    • Herbert Theodore 'Buttons' Briggs     (Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1896/04/23:1905/09/25)
    • James Cagney     (Oscar winning actor)
      • Full name: James Francis Cagney
      • Oscar winning actor. He was born on July 17, 1899 (a Monday) and died in Stanfordville (NY) on March 30, 1986 (a Sunday) at the age of 86. He is buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery (Westchester County, New York).
      • Stanfordville is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Poughkeepsie.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Cagney<4>
    • Joe Colombo     (Crime figure)
      • Crime figure. He was born on June 16, 1923 (a Saturday) and died in Newburgh (NY) on May 22, 1978 (a Monday) at the age of 54. He is buried at St. John RC Cemetery (Queens County, New York).
      • Newburgh is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest of Poughkeepsie.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Colombo<4>
    • Elmer Nathan 'Al' Corwin     (Major League Baseball)
    • Alix Dobkin     (Singer, songwriter, author, activist)
      • Full name: Alix Cecil Dobkin
      • Singer, songwriter, author, activist. He was born on August 16, 1940 (a Friday) and died in Woodstock (NY) on May 19, 2021 (a Wednesday) at the age of 80. We don't have any burial details.
      • Woodstock is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northwest of Poughkeepsie.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alix Dobkin<4>
    • Andrew Jackson Downing     (Architect)
    • Mort Drucker     (Caricaturist, cartoonist)
      • Caricaturist, cartoonist. He was born on March 22, 1929 (a Friday) and died in Woodbury (NY) on April 9, 2020 (a Thursday) at the age of 91. We don't have any burial details.
      • Woodbury is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the south of Poughkeepsie.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mort Drucker<4>

How Far From Poughkeepsie to ...

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

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

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    • Poughkeepsie, which is the Seat of Dutchess County and lies just to the North Northwest.
    • Albany, which is the State Capital of New York, lies 68 miles [109.4 km]<1> to the north (N). If you could walk a straight line from Poughkeepsie to Albany, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 252 miles [405.6 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,651 miles [9,094.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,361 miles [10,237 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,236 miles [6,817.2 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

Mentions & References for Poughkeepsie

The Communities of New York

About Dutchess County

About New York

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

The official website for Dutchess County: www.dutchessny.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 from Point A (ie- Poughkeepsie) 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 Poughkeepsie. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PoughkeepsieOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Poughkeepsie. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6709, Longitude: -73.9071       In this case, the coordinates for Poughkeepsie 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 Poughkeepsie 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 305.777 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 301.486 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 302.184 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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