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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 64 miles [103 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could walk a straight line from West Bend 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 about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 657 miles [1,057.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, 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 6,127 miles [9,860.5 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 6,871 miles [11,057.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,760 miles [7,660.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named West Bend ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name West Bend.

While the name West Bend is unique within Wisconsin, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Wisconsin


Clarke County

Our profile page for West Bend, Clarke County   [Map]
Distance: About 800 miles [1,287.5 km] to the South


Palo Alto County

Our profile page for West Bend, Palo Alto County   [Map]
Distance: About 316 miles [508.6 km] to the West


Polk County

Our profile page for West Bend, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 496 miles [798.2 km] to the Southwest

North Carolina

Forsyth County

Our profile page for West Bend, Forsyth County   [Map]
Distance: About 649 miles [1,044.5 km] to the Southeast

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Fayette County

Our profile page for West Bend, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 485 miles [780.5 km] to the East Southeast

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Our profile page for West Bend   [Map]
Distance: About 908 miles [1,461.3 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near West Bend ...

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.

Aurora   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West of West Bend   [Map]
Boltonville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Cedar Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Cedar Lake   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Cheeseville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Decker Corner   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Horns Corners   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Orchard Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Rugby Junction   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Young America   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [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 West Bend. 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.

Ernest Thorwald 'Ernie' Johnson, Jr.
  Sportscaster. He was born in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) on Tueday August 7, 1956

Milwaukee [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of West Bend
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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of West Bend

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alfred Lunt<7>
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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of West Bend

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of West Bend

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of West Bend

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gene Wilder

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for West Bend. 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 beginning in West Bend. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Bend) 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 West Bend. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from West Bend

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Bend. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.4228, Longitude: -88.1843     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Bend 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 West Bend 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 314.789 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.953 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.387 degrees.

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<7>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:

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