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As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Tonawanda, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Tonawanda 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 Tonawanda:
    • 42.982557, -78.875314
    • 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 Tonawanda
  • 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 Tonawanda ...

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.

  • Buffalo
  • Crescent Park
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crescent Park
    • Crescent Park lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Tonawanda.
    • 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
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edgewater
    • Edgewater lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Tonawanda.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edgewater have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edgewater
  • Ferry Village
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ferry Village
    • Ferry Village lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of Tonawanda.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ferry Village have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ferry Village
  • Green Acres Valley
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Acres Valley
    • Green Acres Valley lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Tonawanda.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Acres Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Acres Valley
  • Love Canal ‑ Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Love Canal
    • Love Canal was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Tonawanda.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Love Canal have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Martinsville
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martinsville
    • Martinsville lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northeast of Tonawanda.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martinsville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martinsville
  • Sandy Beach
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandy Beach
    • Sandy Beach lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Tonawanda.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sandy Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandy Beach
  • Soldiers Place
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Soldiers Place
    • Soldiers Place lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Tonawanda.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Soldiers Place have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Soldiers Place
  • Sour Spring Grove
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sour Spring Grove
    • Sour Spring Grove lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Tonawanda.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sour Spring Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sour Spring Grove

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

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

  • Buffalo, which is the Seat of Erie County, lies just to the South.
  • Albany, which is the State Capital of New York, lies 259 miles [416.8 km]<1> to the east (E). If you could drive a straight line from Tonawanda to Albany, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 15 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 297 miles [478 km] to the south southeast (SSE). Driving would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,798 miles [9,331 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,523 miles [10,497.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,400 miles [7,081.1 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<9>

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Tonawanda. 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 'straight-line' (or 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- Tonawanda) 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 Tonawanda. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from TonawandaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tonawanda. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.9826, Longitude: -78.8753       In this case, the coordinates for Tonawanda have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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>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 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 Tonawanda 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 308.717 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.012 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 303.918 degrees.




 

 

 

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