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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Walla Walla [Map], which is the Seat of Walla Walla County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Olympia [Map], which is the State Capital of Washington, lies 218 miles [350.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). If you could drive a straight line from Thiel to Olympia, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 13 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 2,142 miles [3,447.2 km] to the East (E). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 84 days and walking would take 122 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,804 miles [10,950 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 7,570 miles [12,182.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,644 miles [9,083.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thiel ...

While the name Thiel is unique within Washington, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Washington


Grant County

Our profile page for Thiel, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,582 miles [2,546 km] to the East Southeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Thiel ...

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.

Berryman   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast of Thiel   [Map]
Climax   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
College Place   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Crockett (OR)   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Dixie Crossing   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Eureka   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ferndale (OR)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hatch   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Paddock   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Touchet   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Valley Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [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 Thiel. 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.

William Edward 'Little Willie' John
  Singer, entertainer. He was born in Cullendale (Arkansas) on Monday November 15, 1937 and died in Walla Walla (Washington) on Sunday May 26, 1968 at an age of 30. He was buried at Detroit Memorial Park East (Michigan).

Walla Walla [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast of Thiel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Edward 'Little Willie' John<7>
Adam West
  Actor. He was born in Walla Walla (Washington) on Wednesday September 19, 1928 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday June 9, 2017 at an age of 88.

Walla Walla [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast of Thiel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Adam West

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thiel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.1401, Longitude: -118.4916     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thiel 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 Thiel 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 337.635 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 338.582 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 325.384 degrees.

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<7>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:

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