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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Viroqua [Map], which is the Seat of Vernon County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 83 miles [133.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Westby to Madison, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 787 miles [1,266.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 45 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,209 miles [9,992.4 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 6,958 miles [11,197.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,854 miles [7,811.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Westby ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Westby.

While the name Westby is unique within Wisconsin, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Wisconsin

Montana

Sheridan County

Our profile page for Westby, Sheridan County   [Map]
Distance: About 724 miles [1,165.2 km] to the Northwest

North Dakota

Divide County

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Westby. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.6530, Longitude: -90.8574     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Westby 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 Westby 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 316.612 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.061 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.709 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Westby.