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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 Portage, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Portage 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 Portage:
    • 43.548037, -89.465954
    • 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 Portage
  • 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 Portage ...

We have found 22 communities that share the name Portage.

Within Wisconsin, the name Portage is unique.

Beyond Wisconsin, we know of another 22 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 22 communities, nineteen are located in the United States and three are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alaska
      • 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 Alaska community of Portage.
    • Illinois
      • Jo Daviess County
      • This Portage is located in Jo Daviess County and lies 94 miles [151.3 km]<2> to the south southwest of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jo Daviess County community of Portage.
    • Indiana
      • Hamilton County
      • This Portage is located in Hamilton County and lies 307 miles [494.1 km]<2> to the southeast of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hamilton County community of Portage.
      • Porter County
      • This Portage is located in Porter County and lies 178 miles [286.5 km] to the southeast of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Porter County community of Portage.
    • Kansas
      • Rooks 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 Portage [Rooks County].
    • Louisiana
      • Saint Landry Parish
      • This Portage is located in Saint Landry Parish and lies 916 miles [1,474.2 km]<2> to the south of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saint Landry Parish community of Portage.
    • Maine
      • Aroostook County
      • This Portage is located in Aroostook County and lies 1,042 miles [1,676.9 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Aroostook County community of Portage.
    • Michigan
      • Delta 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 Portage [Delta County].
      • Kalamazoo County
      • This Portage is located in Kalamazoo County and lies 217 miles [349.2 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Kalamazoo County community of Portage.
    • Minnesota
      • Aitkin 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 Minnesota community of Portage [Aitkin County].
    • Missouri
      • Osage 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 Missouri community of Portage [Osage County].
    • Montana
      • Cascade County
      • This Portage is located in Cascade County and lies 1,080 miles [1,738.1 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cascade County community of Portage.
    • New Brunswick
      • 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 New Brunswick community of Portage.
    • New York
      • Livingston 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 New York community of Portage [Livingston County].
      • Wyoming 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 New York community of Portage [Wyoming County].
    • Nova Scotia
      • This Portage lies 1,429 miles [2,299.8 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
    • Ohio
      • Wood County
      • This Portage is located in Wood County and lies 333 miles [535.9 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wood County community of Portage.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Cambria County
      • This Portage is located in Cambria County and lies 587 miles [944.7 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cambria County community of Portage.
    • Prince Edward Island
      • This Portage lies 1,250 miles [2,011.7 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
    • Utah
      • Box Elder County
      • This Portage is located in Box Elder County and lies 1,155 miles [1,858.8 km]<2> to the west of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Box Elder County community of Portage.
    • Washington
      • King County
      • This Portage is located in King County and lies 1,606 miles [2,584.6 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the King County community of Portage.
      • Skagit County
      • This Portage is located in Skagit County and lies 1,556 miles [2,504.1 km] to the west northwest of the Portage that is located in Columbia County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portage
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Skagit County community of Portage.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Portage ...

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.

  • Big Spring [Adams County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Spring
    • Big Spring [Adams County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the northwest of Portage
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Big Spring have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Spring
  • Dell Prairie [Adams County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dell Prairie
    • Dell Prairie [Adams County] was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the northwest of Portage
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dell Prairie have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Endeavor [Marquette County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Endeavor
    • Endeavor [Marquette County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the north of Portage
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 464 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Endeavor have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Endeavor
  • Harmony Grove [Columbia County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harmony Grove
    • Harmony Grove [Columbia County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the south of Portage
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harmony Grove
  • Continue List   (5 more) ...
    • Lake Wisconsin [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Wisconsin
      • Lake Wisconsin [Columbia County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the southwest of Portage
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Wisconsin have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Wisconsin
    • Lowville [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lowville
      • Lowville [Columbia County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the southeast of Portage
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lowville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lowville
    • Moe Settlement [Columbia County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moe Settlement
      • Moe Settlement [Columbia County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the west of Portage
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moe Settlement have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Moon Valley [Sauk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moon Valley
      • Moon Valley [Sauk County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the southwest of Portage
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moon Valley
    • Pardeeville [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pardeeville
      • Pardeeville [Columbia County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the east of Portage
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,053 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pardeeville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pardeeville

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 Portage. 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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    • Belle Boyd     (Civil war Confederate spy)
      • Civil war Confederate spy. She was born in Martinsburg (West Virginia) on Thursday May 9, 1844 and died in Wisconsin Dells (Wisconsin) on Monday June 11, 1900 at the age of 56. She is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery (Columbia County, Wisconsin).
      • Wisconsin Dells is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the west of Portage.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Belle Boyd<4>
    • Dr. William David Sansum     (Medical pioneer)
      • Medical pioneer. He was born in Baraboo (Wisconsin) on Saturday September 25, 1880 and died in Santa Barbara (California) on Monday January 5, 1948 at the age of 67. He is buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California).
      • Baraboo is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the west of Portage.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dr. William David Sansum<4>

How Far From Portage to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Portage to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Madison, which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<2> to the south (S). If you could walk a straight line from Portage to Madison, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 719 miles [1,157.1 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 28 days and walking would take 41 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,166 miles [9,923.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,913 miles [11,125.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,805 miles [7,732.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Portage: www.ci.portage.wi.us/

The official website for Columbia County: www.co.columbia.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 Portage 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Portage) 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 Portage. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PortageOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portage. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.5480, Longitude: -89.4660       In this case, the coordinates for Portage have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Portage to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 315.658 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.959 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.012 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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