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Introduction ...

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

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

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Spruce

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 Spruce. 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 Spruce.

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

Sighting report for Oconto County

Since Spruce is near Marinette County and also Shawano County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Marinette County

Sighting report for Shawano County

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:

The Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Spruce ...

We have found fourteen communities that share the name Spruce.

Within Wisconsin, the name Spruce is unique.

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

Communities Elsewhere In North America

Placer County

This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the California community of Spruce [Placer County].

This Spruce was located in Placer County and would have been 1,685 miles [2,711.7 km]<2> to the west of the Spruce that is located in Oconto County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spruce

Douglas County

This Spruce is located in Douglas County and lies 943 miles [1,517.6 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Spruce that is located in Oconto County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spruce

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Douglas County community of Spruce.

We haven't found the location of this community yet.

Alcona County

This Spruce is located in Alcona County and lies 229 miles [368.5 km]<2> to the east of the Spruce that is located in Oconto County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spruce

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Alcona County community of Spruce.

Baraga 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 Michigan community of Spruce [Baraga County].

Dickinson County

This Spruce is located in Dickinson County and lies 73 miles [117.5 km]<2> to the north northeast of the Spruce that is located in Oconto County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spruce

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dickinson County community of Spruce.

Saint Louis County

This Spruce is located in Saint Louis County and lies 270 miles [434.5 km]<2> to the northwest of the Spruce that is located in Oconto County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spruce

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saint Louis County community of Spruce.

Bates County

This Spruce is located in Bates County and lies 554 miles [891.6 km]<2> to the southwest of the Spruce that is located in Oconto County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spruce

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bates County community of Spruce.

Elko County

This community is historic<1> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Nevada community of Spruce [Elko County].

This Spruce was located in Elko County and would have been 1,364 miles [2,195.1 km]<2> to the west of the Spruce that is located in Oconto County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spruce

Clinton County

This Spruce is located in Clinton County and lies 575 miles [925.4 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Spruce that is located in Oconto County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spruce

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clinton County community of Spruce.

Huntingdon 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 Pennsylvania community of Spruce [Huntingdon County].

Indiana County

This Spruce is located in Indiana County and lies 555 miles [893.2 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Spruce that is located in Oconto County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spruce

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Indiana County community of Spruce.

Pocahontas County

This Spruce is located in Pocahontas County and lies 616 miles [991.4 km]<2> to the southeast of the Spruce that is located in Oconto County.

Link to Google Map centered on Spruce

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pocahontas County community of Spruce.

Upshur 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 West Virginia community of Spruce [Upshur County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spruce ...

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.

Advance [Shawano County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the southwest of Spruce

Link to Google Map centered on Advance

Beaver [Marinette County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the northeast of Spruce

Link to Google Map centered on Beaver

Breed lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the northwest of Spruce

Link to Google Map centered on Breed

County Line lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the east of Spruce

Link to Google Map centered on County Line

Frostville lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northwest of Spruce

Link to Google Map centered on Frostville

Green Valley [Shawano County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Spruce

Link to Google Map centered on Green Valley

Hickory Corners lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Spruce

Link to Google Map centered on Hickory Corners

Hintz lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the west of Spruce

Link to Google Map centered on Hintz

Kelly Brook lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the west of Spruce

Link to Google Map centered on Kelly Brook

Lena lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the east of Spruce

Link to Google Map centered on Lena

Pound [Marinette County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Spruce

Link to Google Map centered on Pound

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 Spruce. 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.

Author, photographer, historian. She was born in Marinette (Wisconsin) on Monday June 7, 1909 and died in Dayton (Ohio) on Thursday August 21, 1997 at the age of 88. She is buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri).

Marinette is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Spruce

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elinor Martineau Coyle<4>

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

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

  • Oconto, which is the Seat of Oconto County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Spruce to Oconto, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<2> per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<2> per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Madison, which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 143 miles [230.1 km]<2> to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km]<2> per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 707 miles [1,137.8 km]<2> to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving 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 6,052 miles [9,739.7 km]<2> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,800 miles [10,943.5 km]<2> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<8>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,694 miles [7,554.3 km]<2> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Oconto County: www.co.oconto.wi.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Spruce, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>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 drawn from Point A (ie- Spruce) 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 Spruce. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spruce

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spruce. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.9523, Longitude: -88.1648     [Map].
<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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Spruce 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: 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 Spruce 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 314.741 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.118 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.902 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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