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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 Afton, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Afton 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 Afton:
    • 42.603901, -89.071223
    • 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 Afton
  • 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 Afton ...

We have found 33 communities that share the name Afton.

Within Wisconsin, the name Afton is unique.

Beyond Wisconsin, we know of another 33 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 33 communities, 32 are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Barbour 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 Afton [Barbour County].
    • Arkansas
      • Fulton 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 Arkansas community of Afton [Fulton County].
    • California
      • Glenn County
      • This Afton is located in Glenn County and lies 1,717 miles [2,763.2 km]<2> to the west of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Glenn County community of Afton.
      • San Bernardino County
      • This Afton is located in San Bernardino County and lies 1,551 miles [2,496.1 km] to the west of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the San Bernardino County community of Afton.
    • Delaware
      • New Castle County
      • This Afton is located in New Castle County and lies 730 miles [1,174.8 km]<2> to the east of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the New Castle County community of Afton.
    • Georgia
      • Berrien 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 Georgia community of Afton [Berrien County].
      • Dawson County
      • This Afton is located in Dawson County and lies 616 miles [991.4 km]<2> to the south southeast of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dawson County community of Afton.
    • Iowa
      • Union County
      • This Afton is located in Union County and lies 285 miles [458.7 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Union County community of Afton.
    • Kansas
      • Marshall 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 Kansas community of Afton [Marshall County].
      • Sedgwick County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Afton [Sedgwick County].
      • Sumner County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Afton [Sumner County].
    • Louisiana
      • Madison Parish
      • This Afton is located in Madison Parish and lies 724 miles [1,165.2 km]<2> to the south of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Madison Parish community of Afton.
      • Tensas Parish
      • 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 Louisiana community of Afton [Tensas Parish].
    • Michigan
      • Charlevoix 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 Michigan community of Afton [Charlevoix County].
      • Cheboygan County
      • This Afton is located in Cheboygan County and lies 296 miles [476.4 km]<2> to the northeast of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cheboygan County community of Afton.
    • Minnesota
      • Washington County
      • This Afton is located in Washington County and lies 245 miles [394.3 km]<2> to the northwest of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washington County community of Afton.
    • Nebraska
      • Frontier 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 Nebraska community of Afton [Frontier County].
    • Nevada
      • Elko County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Nevada community of Afton [Elko County].
    • New Jersey
      • Morris County
      • This Afton is located in Morris County and lies 766 miles [1,232.8 km]<2> to the east of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Morris County community of Afton.
    • New Mexico
      • Dona Ana County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the New Mexico community of Afton [Dona Ana County].
    • New York
      • Chenango County
      • This Afton is located in Chenango County and lies 690 miles [1,110.4 km]<2> to the east of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Chenango County community of Afton.
    • North Carolina
      • Warren County
      • This Afton is located in Warren County and lies 721 miles [1,160.3 km]<2> to the southeast of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Warren County community of Afton.
    • Nova Scotia
      • This Afton lies 1,365 miles [2,196.8 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
    • Ohio
      • Clermont County
      • This Afton is located in Clermont County and lies 356 miles [572.9 km]<2> to the southeast of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clermont County community of Afton.
    • Oklahoma
      • Ottawa County
      • This Afton is located in Ottawa County and lies 514 miles [827.2 km]<2> to the southwest of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Ottawa County community of Afton.
    • South Dakota
      • Hyde 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 South Dakota community of Afton [Hyde County].
    • Tennessee
      • Greene County
      • This Afton is located in Greene County and lies 556 miles [894.8 km]<2> to the southeast of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Greene County community of Afton.
      • Sullivan 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 Tennessee community of Afton [Sullivan County].
    • Texas
      • Dickens County
      • This Afton is located in Dickens County and lies 881 miles [1,417.8 km]<2> to the southwest of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dickens County community of Afton.
    • Virginia
      • Chesterfield County
      • This Afton is located in Chesterfield County and lies 709 miles [1,141 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Chesterfield County community of Afton.
      • Nelson County
      • This Afton is located in Nelson County and lies 623 miles [1,002.6 km] to the east southeast of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Nelson County community of Afton.
    • West Virginia
      • Preston County
      • This Afton is located in Preston County and lies 539 miles [867.4 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Preston County community of Afton.
    • Wyoming
      • Lincoln County
      • This Afton is located in Lincoln County and lies 1,106 miles [1,779.9 km]<2> to the west of the Afton that is located in Rock County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Afton
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lincoln County community of Afton.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Afton ...

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.

  • Emerald Grove [Rock County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Emerald Grove
    • Emerald Grove [Rock County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the east of Afton
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emerald Grove
  • Fellows [Rock County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fellows
    • Fellows [Rock County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the northwest of Afton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fellows have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Footville [Rock County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Footville
    • Footville [Rock County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northwest of Afton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 822 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Footville
  • Foxhollow [Rock County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Foxhollow
    • Foxhollow [Rock County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the southeast of Afton
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Foxhollow have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Foxhollow
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Garden Village [Rock County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Garden Village
      • Garden Village [Rock County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Afton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Garden Village have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Garden Village
    • Holiday Hills [Rock County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holiday Hills
      • Holiday Hills [Rock County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Afton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holiday Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holiday Hills
    • Janesville [Rock County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Janesville
      • Janesville [Rock County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Afton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 64,664 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Janesville
    • Porters [Rock County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Porters
      • Porters [Rock County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the southeast of Afton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Porters have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Porters
    • Tiffany [Rock County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tiffany
      • Tiffany [Rock County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the east of Afton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tiffany have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tiffany
    • Victory Heights [Rock County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Victory Heights
      • Victory Heights [Rock County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the south of Afton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Victory Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Victory Heights

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 Afton. 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.

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    • Edward Emerson Barnard     (Astronomer)
    • Stan 'Foxy' Fox     (Race car driver)
      • Race car driver. He was born in Janesville (WI) on July 7, 1952 (a Monday) and died in Manawatu-Wanganui (New Zealand) on December 18, 2000 (a Monday) at the age of 48. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery (Rock County, Wisconsin).
      • Janesville is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Afton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Stan 'Foxy' Fox<5>
    • Bernard William 'Bernie' Graham     (Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1884/07/11:1884/10/15)
      • Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1884/07/11:1884/10/15. He was born in Beloit (WI) on February 10, 1863 (a Tueday) and died in Mobile (AL) on October 30, 1886 (a Saturday) at the age of 23.
      • Beloit is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the south of Afton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bernard William 'Bernie' Graham<5>
    • John J. Morrissey     (Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1881/05/02:1881/08/24)
      • Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1881/05/02:1881/08/24. He was born in Janesville (WI) on December 30, 1856 (a Tueday) and died on April 29, 1884 (a Tueday) at the age of 27. He is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Rock County, Wisconsin).
      • Janesville is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Afton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John J. Morrissey<5>
    • Fred William 'Fritz' Schulte     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Belvidere (IL) on January 13, 1901 (a Sunday) and died in Belvidere (IL) on May 20, 1983 (a Friday) at the age of 82. He is buried at Belvidere Cemetery (Boone County, Illinois).
      • Belvidere is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast of Afton.
      • Belvidere is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast of Afton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Fred William 'Fritz' Schulte<5>
    • Jane Sherman     (Dancer, author)
      • Dancer, author. She was born in Beloit (WI) on June 14, 1908 (a Sunday) and died in Englewood (NJ) on March 16, 2010 (a Tueday) at the age of 101. She is buried at Kensico Cemetery (Westchester County, New York).
      • Beloit is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the south of Afton.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jane Sherman<5>
    • Cyrus Edward Swartwood     (Major League Baseball)

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

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

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    • Janesville, which is the Seat of Rock County and lies just to the North Northeast.
    • Madison, which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<2> to the north northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Afton to Madison, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 678 miles [1,091.1 km] to the east southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 39 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,199 miles [9,976.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,942 miles [11,172.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,830 miles [7,773.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Rock County: www.co.rock.wi.us/

The official website for State of Wisconsin: https://www.wisconsin.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 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 Afton 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Afton) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Afton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.6039, Longitude: -89.0712       In this case, the coordinates for Afton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 Afton, 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>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 Afton 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 315.395 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.528 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.08 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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