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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Viking to:

  • Ellsworth [Map], which is the Seat of Pierce County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Viking to Ellsworth, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 192 miles [309 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 886 miles [1,425.9 km] 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,199 miles [9,976.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,952 miles [11,188.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,857 miles [7,816.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Viking ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Viking.

While the name Viking is unique within Wisconsin, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Wisconsin

Alberta

Our profile page for Viking   [Map]
Distance: About 1,042 miles [1,676.9 km] to the Northwest

California

Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Viking, Los Angeles County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Los Angeles County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Florida

Saint Lucie County

Our profile page for Viking, Saint Lucie County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,366 miles [2,198.4 km] to the South Southeast

Minnesota

Marshall County

Our profile page for Viking, Marshall County   [Map]
Distance: About 301 miles [484.4 km] to the Northwest

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North Dakota

Benson County

Our profile page for Viking, Benson County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Benson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Viking ...

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 talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Centerville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West of Viking   [Map]
Erin Corner   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]
Hatchville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Hersey   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Knapp   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Moeville   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Rock Elm   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Snows Corner   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Spring Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Wildwood   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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 Viking. 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.

Andrew 'Handy Andy' Pafko
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Boyceville (Wisconsin) on Friday February 25, 1921 and died in Stevensville (Michigan) on Tueday October 8, 2013 at an age of 92. He was buried at St. Luke Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Boyceville [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast of Viking

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew 'Handy Andy' Pafko<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Pierce County: www.co.pierce.wi.us/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Viking. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.8616, Longitude: -92.3591     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Viking have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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.

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<3>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 Viking to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 317.656 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.415 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.179 degrees.

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<7>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 Viking 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.

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<8>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.

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