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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Waukesha [Map], which is the Seat of Waukesha County, lies just to the East.
  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 51 miles [82.1 km] to the West (W). If you could walk a straight line from Wales to Madison, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 655 miles [1,054.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just over a day, a buggy would take 26 days and walking would take 38 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,154 miles [9,903.9 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 6,898 miles [11,101.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,786 miles [7,702.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wales ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Wales.

While the name Wales is unique within Wisconsin, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Wisconsin

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Alaska

Our profile page for Wales   [Map]
Distance: About 3,282 miles [5,281.9 km] to the North Northwest

Colorado

Arapahoe County

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

Iowa

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Wales, Montgomery County   [Map]
Distance: About 379 miles [609.9 km] to the West Southwest

Kentucky

Pike County

Our profile page for Wales, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 494 miles [795 km] to the Southeast

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Maine

Androscoggin County

Our profile page for Wales, Androscoggin County   [Map]
Distance: About 918 miles [1,477.4 km] to the East

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Massachusetts

Hampden County

Our profile page for Wales, Hampden County   [Map]
Distance: About 823 miles [1,324.5 km] to the East

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Michigan

Saint Clair County

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

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Minnesota

Lake County

Our profile page for Wales, Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 334 miles [537.5 km] to the North Northwest

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Missouri

Vernon County

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

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New York

Erie County

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

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North Dakota

Burleigh County

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

Cavalier County

Our profile page for Wales, Cavalier County   [Map]
Distance: About 636 miles [1,023.5 km] to the Northwest

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Ohio

Gallia County

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

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Ontario

Our profile page for Wales   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 681 miles [1,096 km] to the East Northeast

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Tennessee

Giles County

Our profile page for Wales, Giles County   [Map]
Distance: About 540 miles [869 km] to the South

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Utah

Sanpete County

Our profile page for Wales, Sanpete County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,227 miles [1,974.7 km] to the West

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Wales ...

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.

Eagle   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest of Wales   [Map]
Eagleville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]
Elm Grove   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Hartland   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Heath Mills   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]
Lake Five   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Little Prairie   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Marcy   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Potter Lake   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Prospect   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Slabtown   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Summit Corners   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Willow Springs   -   13 miles [20.9 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 Wales. 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.

Lamont Bentley     (Artimus Lamont Bentley)
  Actor. He was born in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) on Thursday October 25, 1973 and died in San Diego (California) on Tueday January 18, 2005 at an age of 31. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Milwaukee [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Wales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lamont Bentley<9>
 
Pamela Owen Britton     (Born as Armilda Jane Owen)
  Actress. She was born in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) on Monday March 19, 1923 and died in Arlington Heights (Illinois) on Monday June 17, 1974 at an age of 51. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Milwaukee [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Wales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pamela Owen Britton
 
Edward Gulbeng 'Smokey' Elisian
  Race car driver. He was born in Oakland (California) on Thursday December 9, 1926 and died in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) on Sunday August 30, 1959 at an age of 32. He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery (Alameda County, California) [Map].

Milwaukee [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Wales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edward Gulbeng 'Smokey' Elisian
 
Ernest Thorwald 'Ernie' Johnson, Jr.
  Sportscaster. He was born in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) on Tueday August 7, 1956

Milwaukee [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Wales
 
Reggie 'The Crusher' Lisowski     (Reginald Lisowski)
  Professional wrestler. He was born in South Milwaukee (Wisconsin) on Sunday July 11, 1926 and died in South Milwaukee (Wisconsin) on Saturday October 22, 2005 at an age of 79. He was buried at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin) [Map].

South Milwaukee [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Wales

South Milwaukee [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Wales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reggie 'The Crusher' Lisowski
 
Alfred Lunt     (Alfred Davis Lunt, Jr.)
  Oscar nominated actor. He was born in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) on Friday August 12, 1892 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Wednesday August 3, 1977 at an age of 85. He was buried at Forest Home Cemetery (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Milwaukee [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Wales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alfred Lunt
 
John Daniel Matuszak
  Actor, professional football. He was born in Oak Creek (Wisconsin) on Wednesday October 25, 1950 and died in Burbank (California) on Saturday June 17, 1989 at an age of 38. He was buried at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery (Milwaukee County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Oak Creek [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the east of Wales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Daniel Matuszak
 
Les Paul     (Born as Lester William Polsfuss)
  Musician. He was born in Waukesha (Wisconsin) on Wednesday June 9, 1915 and died in White Plains (New York) on Wednesday August 12, 2009 at an age of 94. He was buried at Prairie Home Cemetery (Waukesha County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Waukesha [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the east of Wales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Les Paul
 
Spencer Tracy     (Spencer Bonaventure Tracy)
  Oscar winning actor. He was born in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) on Thursday April 5, 1900 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Saturday June 10, 1967 at an age of 67. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Milwaukee [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Wales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Spencer Tracy
 
Gene Wilder     (Born as Jerome Silberman Wilder)
  Actor, screenwriter, director, author. He was born in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) on Sunday June 11, 1933 and died in Stamford (Connecticut) on Monday August 29, 2016 at an age of 83.

Milwaukee [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Wales

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gene Wilder

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that stretches from Wales. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wales) 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 Wales. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wales

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wales. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0050, Longitude: -88.3779     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wales 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 Wales 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 314.925 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.048 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.611 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Wales 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>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 Wales, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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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