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Town of Spencer, Wisconsin

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Spencer, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Spencer and the surrounding area.

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Spencer

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track 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 the location for Spencer. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Spencer.

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Marathon County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

Sighting report for Marathon County

Since Spencer is near Wood County and also Clark County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Wood County

Sighting report for Clark County

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Communities Also Named Spencer ...

We have found one communities that share the name Spencer.

Within Wisconsin, the name Spencer is unique.

Beyond Wisconsin, there is another community also named Spencer in the United States.

Communities Elsewhere In North America

Tioga County

This Spencer is located in Tioga County and lies 710 miles [1,142.6 km]<1> to the east of the Spencer that is located in Marathon County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spencer

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Tioga County community of Spencer.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spencer ...

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.

Cherokee lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Spencer

Link to Google Map centered on Cherokee

Chili [Clark County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Spencer

Link to Google Map centered on Chili

Little Rose lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Spencer

Link to Google Map centered on Little Rose

Loyal [Clark County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the west of Spencer

Link to Google Map centered on Loyal

Lynn [Clark County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Spencer

Link to Google Map centered on Lynn

March Rapids lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Spencer

Link to Google Map centered on March Rapids

Rangeline lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Spencer

Link to Google Map centered on Rangeline

Swan lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Spencer

Link to Google Map centered on Swan

Unity lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Spencer

Link to Google Map centered on Unity

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 Spencer. 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.

Aviation pioneer. She was born in Medford (Wisconsin) on Monday April 12, 1909 and died in Redlands (California) on Sunday January 20, 2008 at the age of 98. She is buried at Montecito Memorial Park (San Bernardino County, California).

Medford is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Spencer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Evelyn 'Pinky' Pinckert Brier<2>

Author. He was born in Scraper (Oklahoma) on Wednesday September 24, 1913 and died in Marshfield (Wisconsin) on Sunday December 16, 1984 at the age of 71.

Marshfield is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southeast of Spencer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Woodrow Wilson Rawls<2>

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

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

  • Wausau, which is the Seat of Marathon County, lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Spencer to Wausau, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take just about two full days.
  • Madison, which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 121 miles [194.7 km]<1> to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 789 miles [1,269.8 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 45 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,135 miles [9,873.3 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,885 miles [11,080.3 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,784 miles [7,699.1 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Marathon County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Spencer. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Town of Spencer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spencer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.7277, Longitude: -90.2562     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spencer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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:
<3>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.
<4>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 Spencer to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 316.189 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.728 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.085 degrees.






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