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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 Leola, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Leola 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 Leola:
    • 45.721365, -98.938440
    • 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 Leola
  • 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

Communities Also Named Leola ...

We have found three communities that share the name Leola.

Within South Dakota, the name Leola is unique.

Beyond South Dakota, we know of another three communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Lawrence 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 Alabama community of Leola [Lawrence County].
    • Arkansas
      • Grant County
      • This Leola is located in Grant County and lies 864 miles [1,390.5 km]<2> to the south southeast of the Leola that is located in McPherson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leola
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grant County community of Leola.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Lancaster County
      • This Leola is located in Lancaster County and lies 1,209 miles [1,945.7 km]<2> to the east of the Leola that is located in McPherson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leola
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lancaster County community of Leola.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Leola ...

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.

  • Bath [Brown County]
  • Craven [Edmunds County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Craven
    • Craven [Edmunds County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the south of Leola
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Craven
  • Craven Corner [Edmunds County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Craven Corner
    • Craven Corner [Edmunds County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the south of Leola
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Craven Corner
  • Ellendale [Dickey County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ellendale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ellendale
    • Ellendale [Dickey County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<2> to the northeast of Leola
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,246 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellendale
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellendale<3>
  • Continue List   (4 more) ...
    • Eureka [McPherson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eureka have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eureka
      • Eureka [McPherson County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<2> to the west of Leola
      • Estimated population in 2019: 826 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eureka
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eureka<3>
    • Frederick [Brown County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frederick have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frederick
      • Frederick [Brown County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the east of Leola
      • Estimated population in 2019: 196 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frederick
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Frederick<3>
    • Hillsview [McPherson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillsview have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillsview
      • Hillsview [McPherson County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<2> to the west of Leola
      • Estimated population in 2019: 3 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillsview
    • Long Lake [McPherson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Long Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Long Lake
      • Long Lake [McPherson County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the northwest of Leola
      • Estimated population in 2019: 31 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long Lake

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 Leola. 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 ...
    • William Payne Stewart     (Professional golf)
      • Professional golf. He was born in Springfield (Missouri) on Wednesday January 30, 1957 and died in Mina (South Dakota) on Monday October 25, 1999 at the age of 42. He is buried at Hazelwood Cemetery (Greene County, Missouri).
      • Mina is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Leola.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Payne Stewart<5>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Pierre, which is the State Capital of South Dakota, lies 115 miles [185.1 km]<2> to the southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Leola to Pierre, with an average speed<6>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,208 miles [1,944.1 km] to the east southeast (ESE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 48 days and walking would take 69 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,359 miles [10,233.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,121 miles [11,460.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,056 miles [8,136.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of South Dakota: sd.gov/

Footnotes ...

<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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek 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 Leola 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>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 from Point A (ie- Leola) 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 Leola. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Leola

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Leola. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.7214, Longitude: -98.9384       In this case, the coordinates for Leola have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 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>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 Leola 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 322.402 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 320.943 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.63 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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