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Vilas, Wisconsin

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

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

  • Madison [Map], which is the Seat of Dane County, lies just to the West.
  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies just to the West (W).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 697 miles [1,121.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Vilas to White House, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 40 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 28 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,181 miles [9,947.4 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 6,926 miles [11,146.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,816 miles [7,750.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Vilas ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Vilas.

While the name Vilas is unique within Wisconsin, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Wisconsin

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Baca County

Our profile page for Vilas, Baca County   [Map]
Distance: About 799 miles [1,285.9 km] to the West Southwest


Liberty County

Our profile page for Vilas, Liberty County   [Map]
Distance: About 920 miles [1,480.6 km] to the South Southeast


Owen County

Our profile page for Vilas, Owen County   [Map]
Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the South Southeast


Wilson County

Our profile page for Vilas, Wilson County   [Map]
Distance: About 502 miles [807.9 km] to the Southwest

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Grant Parish

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

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North Carolina

Watauga County

Our profile page for Vilas, Watauga County   [Map]
Distance: About 616 miles [991.4 km] to the Southeast

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Lycoming County

Our profile page for Vilas, Lycoming County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Lycoming County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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South Dakota

Miner County

Our profile page for Vilas, Miner County   [Map]
Distance: About 423 miles [680.8 km] to the West Northwest

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Bell County

Our profile page for Vilas, Bell County   [Map]
Distance: About 954 miles [1,535.3 km] to the South Southwest

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vilas. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0897, Longitude: -89.2348     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vilas 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 Vilas 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 315.504 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.72 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.025 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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<8>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 Vilas, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Vilas.