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

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How Far From West Salem 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 West Salem 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 Salem to:

  • La Crosse [Map], which is the Seat of La Crosse County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from West Salem to La Crosse, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 101 miles [162.5 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 803 miles [1,292.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 46 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,205 miles [9,986 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 6,954 miles [11,191.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,852 miles [7,808.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named West Salem ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name West Salem.

While the name West Salem is unique within Wisconsin, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Wisconsin


Edwards County

Our profile page for West Salem, Edwards County   [Map]
Distance: About 404 miles [650.2 km] to the South Southeast

North Carolina

Forsyth County

Our profile page for West Salem, Forsyth County   [Map]
Distance: About 785 miles [1,263.3 km] to the Southeast


Wayne County

Our profile page for West Salem, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 499 miles [803.1 km] to the East Southeast


Polk County

Our profile page for West Salem, Polk County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,568 miles [2,523.5 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near West Salem ...

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.

Burns   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast of West Salem   [Map]
Cold Springs   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
French Island   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Grand Crossing   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Holiday Heights   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
La Crosse   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Lakeview (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Rockland   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Stevenstown   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Salem. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.8986, Longitude: -91.0818     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Salem 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 Salem 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 316.767 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.271 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.759 degrees.

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