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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 58 miles [93.3 km] to the West (W). If you could walk a straight line from Waukesha 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 over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 648 miles [1,042.9 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 37 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,149 miles [9,895.9 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 6,892 miles [11,091.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,780 miles [7,692.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Waukesha ...

While the name Waukesha is unique within Wisconsin, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Wisconsin

Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Waukesha ...

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.

Butler   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast of Waukesha   [Map]
Elm Grove   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Fussville   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Greenfield   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Hartland   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lake Five   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Marcy   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Prospect   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Summit Corners   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Willow Springs   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Wind Lake   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South   [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 Waukesha. 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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Waukesha

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lamont Bentley<8>
 
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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Waukesha

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Waukesha

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Waukesha
 
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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the east of Waukesha

South Milwaukee [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the east of Waukesha

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Waukesha

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alfred Lunt
 
Fredric March
  Oscar winning actor. He was born in Racine (Wisconsin) on Tueday August 31, 1897 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday April 14, 1975 at an age of 77.

Racine [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Waukesha

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Fredric March
 
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 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast of Waukesha

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Daniel Matuszak
 
Les Paul     (Born as Lester William Polsfuss)
  Musician. He was born in Waukesha 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].

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Waukesha

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Waukesha

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gene Wilder

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Waukesha: www.ci.waukesha.wi.us/

The official website for Waukesha County: www.waukeshacounty.gov/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Waukesha. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0125, Longitude: -88.2384     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Waukesha 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 Waukesha 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 314.831 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.942 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.538 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 Waukesha 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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