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West Prairie, Wisconsin
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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From West Prairie 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 community such as West Prairie 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 Prairie to:

  • Whitehall [Map], which is the Seat of Trempealeau County, lies 23 miles [37 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from West Prairie to Whitehall, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 126 miles [202.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 828 miles [1,332.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 33 days and walking would take 47 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,211 miles [9,995.6 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 6,962 miles [11,204.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,861 miles [7,823 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named West Prairie ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name West Prairie.

Within Wisconsin, there is just one other community named West Prairie. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 1 communities in the United States - with 2 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Wisconsin

Communities outside of Wisconsin

Communities Outside of Wisconsin


Dunklin County

Our profile page for West Prairie, Dunklin County
Although located in Dunklin County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Curious and Interesting Names Near West Prairie ...

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.

Centerville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East of West Prairie   [Map]
Dodge   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Fountain City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Galesville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Goodview (MN)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Homer (MN)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Marshland   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Pickwick (MN)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Pine Creek (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Sugarloaf (MN)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [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 Prairie. 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.

Paul Robert Giel
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Winona (Minnesota) on Thursday September 29, 1932 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Wednesday May 22, 2002 at an age of 69. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Winona [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the west of West Prairie

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Robert Giel<7>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for West Prairie. 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 'point-to-point' distance that starts in West Prairie. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- West Prairie) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Prairie. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.0641, Longitude: -91.5157     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Prairie 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 Prairie 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 317.068 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.637 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.944 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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