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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Whitewater to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Whitewater to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Elkhorn [Map], which is the Seat of Walworth County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Whitewater to Elkhorn, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 37 miles [59.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 667 miles [1,073.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving 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 6,176 miles [9,939.3 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 6,919 miles [11,135.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,807 miles [7,736.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Whitewater ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name Whitewater.

While the name Whitewater is unique within Wisconsin, we know of another 14 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Wisconsin

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British Columbia

Our profile page for Whitewater   [Map]
Distance: About 1,883 miles [3,030.4 km] to the Northwest

Colorado

Mesa County

Our profile page for Whitewater, Mesa County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,059 miles [1,704.3 km] to the West

Georgia

Crawford County

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

Fayette County

Our profile page for Whitewater, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 693 miles [1,115.3 km] to the South Southeast

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Indiana

Wayne County

Our profile page for Whitewater, Wayne County   [Map]
Distance: About 283 miles [455.4 km] to the Southeast

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Kansas

Butler County

Our profile page for Whitewater, Butler County   [Map]
Distance: About 555 miles [893.2 km] to the Southwest

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Manitoba

Our profile page for Whitewater   [Map]
Distance: About 706 miles [1,136.2 km] to the Northwest

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Missouri

Cape Girardeau County

Our profile page for Whitewater, Cape Girardeau County   [Map]
Distance: About 390 miles [627.6 km] to the South

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Montana

Phillips County

Our profile page for Whitewater, Phillips County   [Map]
Distance: About 993 miles [1,598.1 km] to the West Northwest

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New Mexico

Grant County

Our profile page for Whitewater, Grant County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,269 miles [2,042.3 km] to the West Southwest

McKinley County

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

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North Carolina

Transylvania County

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

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Ohio

Hamilton County

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

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Oregon

Clackamas County

Our profile page for Whitewater, Clackamas County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,652 miles [2,658.6 km] to the West Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Whitewater ...

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.

Cold Spring   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest of Whitewater   [Map]
Heart Prairie   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Hebron   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Johnstown   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Johnstown Center   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Little Prairie   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Slabtown   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Vinnie Ha Ha   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [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 Whitewater. 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.

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 northeast of Whitewater

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Les Paul<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Whitewater: www.ci.whitewater.wi.us/

The official website for Walworth County: www.co.walworth.wi.us/

The official website for State of Wisconsin: www.wisconsin.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Whitewater. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Whitewater) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Whitewater. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Whitewater

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whitewater. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.8317, Longitude: -88.7354     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whitewater 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 Whitewater 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 315.168 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.30 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.844 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 (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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Whitewater 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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<8>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: findagrave.com.

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