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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 Portland, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Portland and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • 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 Portland:
    • 43.239716, -88.952608
    • 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 Portland
  • 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 Portland ...

We have found three communities that share the name Portland.

There is one other community in Wisconsin which is also named Portland.

Beyond Wisconsin, we know of another two communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Located In Wisconsin ...
    • Monroe County
      • This Portland is located in Monroe County and lies 102 miles [164.2 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Portland that is located in Dodge County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Monroe County community of Portland.
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Connecticut
      • Middlesex County
      • This Portland is located in Middlesex County and lies 840 miles [1,351.8 km]<1> to the east of the Portland that is located in Dodge County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Middlesex County community of Portland.
    • New York
      • Chautauqua County
      • This Portland is located in Chautauqua County and lies 483 miles [777.3 km]<1> to the east of the Portland that is located in Dodge County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portland
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Chautauqua County community of Portland.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Portland ...

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.

  • Columbus [Columbia County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Columbus
    • Columbus [Columbia County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Portland
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,117 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Columbus have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Columbus
  • Danville [Dodge County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Danville
    • Danville [Dodge County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Portland
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Danville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Danville
  • Deansville [Dane County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deansville
    • Deansville [Dane County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Deansville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deansville
  • Ebenezer [Jefferson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ebenezer
    • Ebenezer [Jefferson County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Portland
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ebenezer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ebenezer
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    • Fall River [Columbia County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fall River
      • Fall River [Columbia County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,757 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fall River have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fall River
    • Hoopers Mill [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hoopers Mill
      • Hoopers Mill [Jefferson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hoopers Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hoopers Mill
    • Lake Mills [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Mills
      • Lake Mills [Jefferson County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,014 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Mills
    • Marshall [Dane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marshall
      • Marshall [Dane County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,016 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Marshall have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marshall
    • Pierceville [Dane County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pierceville
      • Pierceville [Dane County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Portland
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pierceville
    • Richwood [Dodge County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richwood
      • Richwood [Dodge County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Portland
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Richwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richwood

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 Portland. 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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    • Charles Sydney Ainsworth     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Manchester (England) on Sunday December 21, 1873 and died in Madison (Wisconsin) on Sunday May 21, 1922 at the age of 48. He is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery (Dane County, Wisconsin).
      • Madison is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Sydney Ainsworth<3>
    • Eugene Matthew Brabender     (Professional baseball)
      • Professional baseball. He was born in Madison (Wisconsin) on Saturday August 16, 1941 and died in Madison (Wisconsin) on Friday December 27, 1996 at the age of 55. He is buried at St. Barnabas Cemetery (Dane County, Wisconsin).
      • Madison is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Madison is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eugene Matthew Brabender<3>
    • Ronnie Caldwell     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Memphis (Tennessee) on Monday December 27, 1948 and died in Madison (Wisconsin) on Sunday December 10, 1967 at the age of 19. He is buried at Memorial Park Cemetery (Shelby County, Tennessee).
      • Madison is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ronnie Caldwell<3>
    • John Steuart Curry     (Painter, muralist)
    • Kenneth Sydney Davis     (Author)
      • Author. He was born in Salina (Kansas) on Sunday September 29, 1912 and died in Madison (Wisconsin) on Thursday June 10, 1999 at the age of 86. The body was cremated.
      • Madison is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kenneth Sydney Davis<3>
    • Christopher Crosby 'Chris' Farley     (Comedian, actor)
      • Comedian, actor. He was born in Madison (Wisconsin) on Saturday February 15, 1964 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Thursday December 18, 1997 at the age of 33.
      • Madison is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Christopher Crosby 'Chris' Farley<3>
    • Gale Herbert Gillingham     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Madison (Wisconsin) on Thursday February 3, 1944 and died in Little Falls (Minnesota) on Thursday October 20, 2011 at the age of 67. He is buried at Oakland Cemetery (Morrison County, Minnesota).
      • Madison is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gale Herbert Gillingham<3>
    • Adrian 'Addie' Joss     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Woodland (Wisconsin) on Monday April 12, 1880 and died in Toledo (Ohio) on Friday April 14, 1911 at the age of 31. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Lucas County, Ohio).
      • Woodland is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Adrian 'Addie' Joss<3>
    • Frederick Charles 'Fred' Merkle     (Major League Baseball)
    • Charles 'Kid' Nichols     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Madison (Wisconsin) on Tueday September 14, 1869 and died in Kansas City (Missouri) on Saturday April 11, 1953 at the age of 83. He is buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery (Jackson County, Missouri).
      • Madison is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles 'Kid' Nichols<3>
    • William Conrad Styles Severson     (Sculptor)
    • Arthur 'Sailor Art' Thomas, Sr.     (Professional wrestler)
      • Professional wrestler. He was born in Gurdon (Arkansas) on Wednesday January 30, 1924 and died in Fitchburg (Wisconsin) on Thursday March 20, 2003 at the age of 79. He is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery (Dane County, Wisconsin).
      • Fitchburg is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Arthur 'Sailor Art' Thomas, Sr.<3>
    • Robert James 'Red' Wilson     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) on Thursday March 7, 1929 and died in Madison (Wisconsin) on Friday August 8, 2014 at the age of 85. He is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery (Dane County, Wisconsin).
      • Madison is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Portland.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert James 'Red' Wilson<3>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Juneau, which is the Seat of Dodge County and lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Portland to Juneau, with an average speed<4> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
    • Madison, which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west southwest (WSW). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just about two full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 688 miles [1,107.2 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<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,163 miles [9,918.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,908 miles [11,117.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,798 miles [7,721.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Dodge County

About Wisconsin

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dodge County: www.co.dodge.wi.us/

The official website for State of Wisconsin: https://www.wisconsin.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Portland) 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 Portland. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PortlandOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portland. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.2397, Longitude: -88.9526       In this case, the coordinates for Portland have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>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 Portland to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 315.311 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.522 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.836 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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