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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Jefferson [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Watertown to Jefferson, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 34 miles [54.7 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 675 miles [1,086.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 27 days and walking would take 39 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,158 miles [9,910.3 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 6,902 miles [11,107.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,792 miles [7,712 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Watertown ...

We have found 20 communities that share the name Watertown.

While the name Watertown is unique within Wisconsin, we know of another 20 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Wisconsin

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Connecticut

Litchfield County

Our profile page for Watertown, Litchfield County   [Map]
Distance: About 802 miles [1,290.7 km] to the East

Florida

Columbia County

Our profile page for Watertown, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 957 miles [1,540.1 km] to the South Southeast

Hawaii

Honolulu County

Our profile page for Watertown, Honolulu County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 4,189 miles [6,741.5 km] to the West

Illinois

Ogle County

Our profile page for Watertown, Ogle County   [Map]
Distance: About 87 miles [140 km] to the South Southwest

Richland County

Our profile page for Watertown, Richland County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 309 miles [497.3 km] to the South

Rock Island County

Our profile page for Watertown, Rock Island County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Rock Island County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Kansas

Allen County

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

Anderson County

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

Smith County

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

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Massachusetts

Middlesex County

Our profile page for Watertown, Middlesex County   [Map]
Distance: About 890 miles [1,432.3 km] to the East

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Michigan

Sanilac County

Our profile page for Watertown, Sanilac County   [Map]
Distance: About 296 miles [476.4 km] to the East

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Minnesota

Carver County

Our profile page for Watertown, Carver County   [Map]
Distance: About 281 miles [452.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Nebraska

Buffalo County

Our profile page for Watertown, Buffalo County
This community is historic.
Although located in Buffalo County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Nevada

Lander County

Our profile page for Watertown, Lander County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,490 miles [2,397.9 km] to the West

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New York

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Watertown, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 642 miles [1,033.2 km] to the East

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Ohio

Washington County

Our profile page for Watertown, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 448 miles [721 km] to the East Southeast

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Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Watertown   [Map]
Distance: About 956 miles [1,538.5 km] to the Northwest

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South Dakota

Codington County

Our profile page for Watertown, Codington County   [Map]
Distance: About 432 miles [695.2 km] to the West Northwest

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Tennessee

Blount County

Our profile page for Watertown, Blount County   [Map]
Distance: About 577 miles [928.6 km] to the South Southeast

Wilson County

Our profile page for Watertown, Wilson County   [Map]
Distance: About 507 miles [815.9 km] to the South Southeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Watertown ...

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.

Danville   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest of Watertown   [Map]
Ebenezer   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Heath Mills   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Helenville   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Hoopers Mill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Juneau   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]
Lake Mills   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Oak Grove   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Pipersville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Richwood   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Slabtown   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]
Sugar Island   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Summit Corners   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast   [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 Watertown. 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.

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of Watertown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Les Paul<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Watertown: www.ci.watertown.wi.us/

The official website for Jefferson County: www.jeffersoncountywi.gov

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 begins in Watertown. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Watertown) 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 Watertown. 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 Watertown

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watertown. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1828, Longitude: -88.7245     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Watertown 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 Watertown 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 315.157 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.338 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.736 degrees.

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<7>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 Watertown, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Watertown 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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<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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Watertown.



 
 
 

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