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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 Vilas, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Vilas 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 Vilas:
    • 44.008586, -97.595905
    • 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 Vilas
  • 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 Vilas ...

We have found nine communities that share the name Vilas.

Within South Dakota, the name Vilas is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Colorado
      • Baca County
      • This Vilas is located in Baca County and lies 523 miles [841.7 km]<1> to the south southwest of the Vilas that is located in Miner County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vilas
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Baca County community of Vilas.
    • Florida
      • Liberty County
      • This Vilas is located in Liberty County and lies 1,178 miles [1,895.8 km]<1> to the southeast of the Vilas that is located in Miner County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vilas
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Liberty County community of Vilas.
    • Indiana
      • Owen County
      • This Vilas is located in Owen County and lies 647 miles [1,041.2 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Vilas that is located in Miner County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vilas
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Owen County community of Vilas.
    • Kansas
      • Wilson County
      • This Vilas is located in Wilson County and lies 451 miles [725.8 km]<1> to the south southeast of the Vilas that is located in Miner County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vilas
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wilson County community of Vilas.
    • Louisiana
      • Grant Parish
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Louisiana community of Vilas [Grant Parish].
    • North Carolina
      • Watauga County
      • This Vilas is located in Watauga County and lies 990 miles [1,593.3 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Vilas that is located in Miner County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vilas
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Watauga County community of Vilas.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Lycoming County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Lycoming County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lycoming County community of Vilas.
    • Texas
      • Bell County
      • This Vilas is located in Bell County and lies 909 miles [1,462.9 km]<1> to the south of the Vilas that is located in Miner County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vilas
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bell County community of Vilas.
    • Wisconsin
      • Dane County
      • This Vilas is located in Dane County and lies 423 miles [680.8 km]<1> to the east of the Vilas that is located in Miner County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vilas
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dane County community of Vilas.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Vilas ...

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.

  • Carthage [Miner County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carthage
    • Carthage [Miner County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Vilas
    • Estimated population in 2019: 130 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carthage have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carthage
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carthage<5>
  • Epiphany [Hanson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Epiphany
    • Epiphany [Hanson County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
    • Estimated population in 2014: 103 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Epiphany have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Epiphany
  • Farmer [Hanson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Farmer
    • Farmer [Hanson County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Vilas
    • Estimated population in 2019: 10 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Farmer have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Farmer
  • Farwell [Hanson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Farwell
    • Farwell [Hanson County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Vilas
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Farwell have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Farwell
  • Continue List   (4 more) ...
    • Forestburg [Sanborn County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forestburg
      • Forestburg [Sanborn County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Vilas
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 73 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forestburg
    • Howard [Miner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Howard
      • Howard [Miner County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2019: 757 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Howard have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Howard
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Howard<5>
    • Prairie Village [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prairie Village
      • Prairie Village [Lake County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 18 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prairie Village have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prairie Village
    • Unityville [McCook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Unityville
      • Unityville [McCook County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Vilas
      • Estimated population in 2014: 52 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Unityville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Unityville

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 Vilas. 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 ...
    • Gary Owens     (Entertainer)
      • Entertainer. He was born in Mitchell (South Dakota) on Thursday May 10, 1934 and died in Encino (California) on Thursday February 12, 2015 at the age of 80.
      • Mitchell is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Vilas.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Owens<6>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Howard, which is the Seat of Miner County and lies just to the East.
    • Pierre, which is the State Capital of South Dakota, lies 137 miles [220.5 km]<1> to the west northwest (WNW). If you could drive a straight line from Vilas to Pierre, with an average speed<7>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 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,117 miles [1,797.6 km] to the east southeast (ESE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 44 days and walking would take 64 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,411 miles [10,317.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,170 miles [11,539 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,089 miles [8,190 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in South Dakota

About Miner County

About South Dakota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Vilas) 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 Vilas. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Vilas

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vilas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.0086, Longitude: -97.5959       In this case, the coordinates for Vilas have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Vilas 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.
<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Vilas, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<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're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Vilas to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 321.377 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.557 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.246 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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