Outdoor Activities ...
As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).
When in Lead, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Lead 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 Lead:
- 44.352207, -103.767421
- 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 Lead
- 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:
Communities Also Named Lead ...
We have found one communities that share the name Lead.
Within South Dakota, the name Lead is unique.
Beyond South Dakota, there is another community also named Lead in the United States.
- Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
- North Carolina
- Henderson County
- We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the North Carolina community of Lead [Henderson County].
Curious and Interesting Names Near Lead ...
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.
- Blacktail [Lawrence County]
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blacktail have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blacktail
- Blacktail [Lawrence County] lies less than 2 miles<3> to the north of Lead
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Blacktail
- Carterville [Lawrence County] - Historic
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carterville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carterville
- Carterville [Lawrence County] was located less than 2 miles<3> to the southeast of Lead
- Carthage [Lawrence County] - Historic
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carthage have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carthage
- Carthage [Lawrence County] was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<3> to the southwest of Lead
- Deadwood [Lawrence County]
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- Elizabethtown [Lawrence County] - Historic
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elizabethtown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elizabethtown
- Elizabethtown [Lawrence County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<3> to the northeast of Lead
- Gayville [Lawrence County]
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gayville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gayville
- Gayville [Lawrence County] lies less than 2 miles<3> to the north of Lead
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Gayville
- Terry [Lawrence County]
- Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Terry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Terry
- Terry [Lawrence County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<3> to the southwest of Lead
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Terry
- Trojan [Lawrence County]
- Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Trojan
- Trojan [Lawrence County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<3> to the west of Lead
- Estimated population in 2014: 627 people
- Jump to Google Maps centered on Trojan
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 Lead. 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.
- View Our List ...
- James 'Death Valley Jim' Scott (Major League Baseball)
How Far From Lead 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 city such as Lead to various places of note, such as the White House.
With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Lead and extending to:
- View Our List ...
- Deadwood, which is the Seat of Lawrence County and lies just to the Northeast.
- Pierre, which is the State Capital of South Dakota, lies 170 miles [273.6 km]<3> to the east (E). If you could drive a straight line from Lead to Pierre, with an average speed<6>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
- The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,423 miles [2,290.1 km] to the east (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 56 days and walking would take 81 days.
- The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,573 miles [10,578.2 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<8>
- The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,338 miles [11,809.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
- The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,289 miles [8,511.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
Other Roadside Stops ...
Search for a Community in South Dakota
About Lawrence County
About South Dakota
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Lead. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for Lawrence County: www.lawrence.sd.us/
The official website for State of South Dakota: sd.gov/
|<1>||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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Lead 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.
|<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>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Lead) 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 Lead. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Lead
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lead. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.3522, Longitude: -103.7674 In this case, the coordinates for Lead have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
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|<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 Lead 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 325.945 degrees.|
|<9>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 324.859 degrees.|
|<10>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.656 degrees.||