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Spooner, Wisconsin

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Introduction ...

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

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

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Spooner

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 Spooner. 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 Spooner.

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 Washburn County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

Sighting report for Washburn County

Since Spooner is near Burnett County and also Barron County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Burnett County

Sighting report for Barron County

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Communities Also Named Spooner ...

We have found three communities that share the name Spooner.

Within Wisconsin, the name Spooner is unique.

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

Communities Elsewhere In North America

Clinch County

This Spooner is located in Clinch County and lies 1,141 miles [1,836.3 km]<1> to the south southeast of the Spooner that is located in Washburn County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spooner

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clinch County community of Spooner.

Miller County

This community is historic<2> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Spooner [Miller County].

This Spooner was located in Miller County and would have been 1,086 miles [1,747.7 km]<1> to the south southeast of the Spooner that is located in Washburn County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spooner

Orange County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Texas community of Spooner [Orange County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spooner ...

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.

Birchwood lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Spooner

Link to Google Map centered on Birchwood

Clam Falls [Polk County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Spooner

Link to Google Map centered on Clam Falls

Earl lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Spooner

Link to Google Map centered on Earl

Edgewater [Sawyer County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east of Spooner

Link to Google Map centered on Edgewater

Indian Creek [Polk County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Spooner

Link to Google Map centered on Indian Creek

Madge lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spooner

Link to Google Map centered on Madge

Shell Lake lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Spooner

Link to Google Map centered on Shell Lake

Springbrook lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Spooner

Link to Google Map centered on Springbrook

Stone Lake [Sawyer County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Spooner

Link to Google Map centered on Stone Lake

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 Spooner. 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.

Writer. He was born in Barron (Wisconsin) on Sunday August 22, 1886 and died in Portland (Oregon) on Sunday January 24, 1954 at the age of 67. He is buried at Lincoln Memorial Park (Multnomah County, Oregon).

Barron is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Spooner

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ben Hur Lampman<4>

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

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

  • Shell Lake, which is the Seat of Washburn County, lies just to the South.
  • Madison, which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 226 miles [363.7 km]<1> to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Spooner to Madison, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour would take 13 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 894 miles [1,438.8 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 35 days and walking would take 51 days.
  • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,134 miles [9,871.7 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,889 miles [11,086.8 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<8>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,797 miles [7,720 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Washburn County:

The official website for State of Wisconsin:

Footnotes ...

<1>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- Spooner) 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 Spooner. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spooner

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spooner. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.8244, Longitude: -91.8938     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spooner have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Spooner, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<3>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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Spooner 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.
<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:
<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 Spooner 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 317.32 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.165 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.655 degrees.






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