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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Washburn [Map], which is the Seat of Bayfield County, lies 32 miles [51.5 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Wills to Washburn, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 261 miles [420 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 903 miles [1,453.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 36 days and walking would take 52 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,087 miles [9,796.1 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 6,842 miles [11,011.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,753 miles [7,649.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wills ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Wills.

While the name Wills is unique within Wisconsin, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Wisconsin


DeKalb County

Our profile page for Wills, DeKalb County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 892 miles [1,435.5 km] to the South Southeast


Monroe County

Our profile page for Wills, Monroe County
This community is historic.
Although located in Monroe County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Johnson County

Our profile page for Wills, Johnson County   [Map]
Distance: About 853 miles [1,372.8 km] to the Southeast

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Wills, Lawrence County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 823 miles [1,324.5 km] to the South Southeast

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Kanawha County

Our profile page for Wills, Kanawha County   [Map]
Distance: About 755 miles [1,215.1 km] to the Southeast

Mercer County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Wills ...

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.

Blueberry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest of Wills   [Map]
Cloverland   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Delta   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Iron River   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Maple   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Pike River   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Poplar   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Topside   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [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 Wills. 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.

Marian Nixon     (Born as Marian Nissinen)
  Actress. She was born in Superior (Wisconsin) on Thursday October 20, 1904 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday February 13, 1983 at an age of 78. She was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Superior [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Wills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marian Nixon<9>

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wills. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.5391, Longitude: -91.5394     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wills 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 Wills 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 317.057 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.964 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.248 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 Wills, 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Wills 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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<9>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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