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

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

  • Ashland [Map], which is the Seat of Ashland County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 249 miles [400.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from White River to Madison, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 15 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 875 miles [1,408.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 35 days and walking would take 50 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,064 miles [9,759.1 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 6,819 miles [10,974.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,728 miles [7,609 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named White River ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name White River.

While the name White River is unique within Wisconsin, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Wisconsin

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Desha County

Our profile page for White River, Desha County   [Map]
Distance: About 873 miles [1,405 km] to the South


Tulare County

Our profile page for White River, Tulare County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,620 miles [2,607.1 km] to the West Southwest


Rio Blanco County

Our profile page for White River, Rio Blanco County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Rio Blanco County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Gibson County

Our profile page for White River, Gibson County   [Map]
Distance: About 583 miles [938.2 km] to the South Southeast

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Nye County

Our profile page for White River, Nye County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 1,338 miles [2,153.3 km] to the West Southwest

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Our profile page for White River   [Map]
Distance: About 295 miles [474.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Mellette County

Our profile page for White River, Mellette County   [Map]
Distance: About 523 miles [841.7 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near White River ...

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.

Birch   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East of White River   [Map]
Cedar   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Grand View   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Gurney   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the East   [Map]
High Bridge   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Mason   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Minersville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Pureair   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the North   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from White River. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- White River) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in White River. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.5358, Longitude: -90.8507     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for White River 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 White River 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 316.569 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.411 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.866 degrees.

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<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about White River, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 White River 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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