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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for West Portal.

This page contains three sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in West Portal to:

  • Provo [Map], which is the Seat of Utah County, lies 21 miles [33.8 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from West Portal to Provo, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Salt Lake City [Map], which is the State Capital of Utah, lies 53 miles [85.3 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,812 miles [2,916.1 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 71 days and walking would take 103 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,019 miles [11,296 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,787 miles [12,532 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,758 miles [9,266.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named West Portal ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name West Portal.

While the name West Portal is unique within Utah, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Utah

California

San Francisco County

Our profile page for West Portal, San Francisco County   [Map]
Distance: About 624 miles [1,004.2 km] to the West

New Jersey

Hunterdon County

Our profile page for West Portal, Hunterdon County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,890 miles [3,041.7 km] to the East Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near West Portal ...

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 talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Covered Bridge Canyon   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest of West Portal   [Map]
Independence   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Mill Fork   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Patrick Place   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Sky View   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Soldier Summit (Historic)   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Thistle (Historic)   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Three Forks   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Tucker   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]

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

The official website for Utah County: www.co.utah.ut.us/

The official website for State of Utah: www.utah.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in West Portal. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Portal) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Portal. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.1611, Longitude: -111.2505     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Portal have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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.

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<3>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 West Portal to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 331.363 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 330.771 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.441 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for West Portal.



 
 
 

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