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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Friday Harbor [Map], which is the Seat of San Juan County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Thatcher to Friday Harbor, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Olympia [Map], which is the State Capital of Washington, lies 104 miles [167.4 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take 4 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,341 miles [3,767.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 92 days and walking would take 133 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,718 miles [10,811.6 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 7,479 miles [12,036.3 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,616 miles [9,038.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thatcher ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Thatcher.

While the name Thatcher is unique within Washington, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Washington

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Arizona

Graham County

Our profile page for Thatcher, Graham County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,277 miles [2,055.1 km] to the Southeast

Colorado

Las Animas County

Our profile page for Thatcher, Las Animas County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,206 miles [1,940.9 km] to the East Southeast

Idaho

Bingham County

Our profile page for Thatcher, Bingham County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Bingham County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Cassia County

Our profile page for Thatcher, Cassia County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Cassia County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Franklin County

Our profile page for Thatcher, Franklin County   [Map]
Distance: About 683 miles [1,099.2 km] to the Southeast

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Nebraska

Cherry County

Our profile page for Thatcher, Cherry County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,144 miles [1,841.1 km] to the East Southeast

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Oregon

Washington County

Our profile page for Thatcher, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 207 miles [333.1 km] to the South

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Pennsylvania

Bucks County

Our profile page for Thatcher, Bucks County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Bucks County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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South Dakota

Dewey County

Our profile page for Thatcher, Dewey County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,059 miles [1,704.3 km] to the East

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Utah

Box Elder County

Our profile page for Thatcher, Box Elder County   [Map]
Distance: About 696 miles [1,120.1 km] to the Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Thatcher ...

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.

Argyle   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West of Thatcher   [Map]
Deer Harbor   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Doe Bay   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Dolphin   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Friday Harbor   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Indian Village   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Orcas   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Urban   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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 Thatcher. 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.

Emily Carr
  Artist, author. She was born in Victoria (British Columbia) on Wednesday December 13, 1871 and died in Victoria (British Columbia) on Friday March 2, 1945 at an age of 73. She was buried at Ross Bay Cemetery (British Columbia) [Map].

Victoria [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Thatcher

Victoria [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Thatcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Emily Carr<8>
 
Roy Conacher
  Professional hockey. He was born in Toronto (Ontario) on Thursday October 5, 1916 and died in Victoria (British Columbia) on Saturday December 29, 1984 at an age of 68.

Victoria [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Thatcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Roy Conacher
 
Ted Harrison     (Born as Edward Hardy Harrison)
  Artist, illustrator, author. He was born in Wingate (England) [Map] on Saturday August 28, 1926 and died in Victoria (British Columbia) on Friday January 16, 2015 at an age of 88.

Victoria [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Thatcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ted Harrison
 
Gordon 'Duke' Keats
  Professional hockey. He was born in Montreal (Quebec) on Friday March 1, 1895 and died in Victoria (British Columbia) on Sunday January 16, 1972 at an age of 76.

Victoria [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Thatcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gordon 'Duke' Keats
 
Gordon 'Duke' Keats
  Professional hockey. He was born in Montreal (Quebec) on Friday March 1, 1895 and died in Victoria (British Columbia) on Sunday January 16, 1972 at an age of 76. He was buried at Royal Oak Burial Park (British Columbia) [Map].

Victoria [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Thatcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gordon 'Duke' Keats
 
Rick 'Jumbo' Lapointe
  Professional hockey. He was born in Victoria (British Columbia) on Tueday August 2, 1955 and died in Victoria (British Columbia) on Sunday October 17, 1999 at an age of 44.

Victoria [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Thatcher

Victoria [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Thatcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rick 'Jumbo' Lapointe
 
Nellie L. Mooney McClung     (Born as Helen Letitia Mooney)
  Suffragette, politican, author, activist. She was born in Chatsworth (Ontario) on Monday October 20, 1873 and died in Victoria (British Columbia) on Saturday September 1, 1951 at an age of 77.

Victoria [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Thatcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nellie L. Mooney McClung
 
Andrew McLaglen     (Andrew Victor McLaglen)
  Director. He was born in London (England) [Map] on Wednesday July 28, 1920 and died in Friday Harbor (Washington) on Saturday August 30, 2014 at an age of 94.

Friday Harbor [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the west of Thatcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew McLaglen
 
Frank Alexis Patrick
  Professional hockey. He was born in Ottawa (Ontario) on Wednesday December 23, 1885 and died in Victoria (British Columbia) on Tueday June 28, 1960 at an age of 74. He was buried at Royal Oak Burial Park (British Columbia) [Map].

Victoria [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Thatcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Alexis Patrick
 
Lester Patrick
  Professional hockey. He was born in Drummondville (Quebec) on Monday December 31, 1883 and died in Victoria (British Columbia) on Wednesday June 1, 1960 at an age of 76.

Victoria [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Thatcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lester Patrick
 
James Tilton Pickett
  Artist. He was born in Bellingham (Washington) on Thursday December 31, 1857 and died in Portland (Oregon) on Wednesday August 28, 1889 at an age of 31. He was buried at River View Cemetery (Multnomah County, Oregon) [Map].

Bellingham [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast of Thatcher

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Tilton Pickett

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The Communities of Washington

About San Juan County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for San Juan County: www.co.san-juan.wa.us/

The official website for State of Washington: www.access.wa.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thatcher. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 48.5548, Longitude: -122.8188     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thatcher 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 Thatcher 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 341.319 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 342.992 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 328.006 degrees.

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<7>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 Thatcher 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.

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<8>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.

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