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Town of Wilson, Wisconsin
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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Menomonie [Map], which is the Seat of Dunn County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Wilson to Menomonie, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 188 miles [302.6 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 872 miles [1,403.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 34 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 6,166 miles [9,923.2 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 4,825 miles [7,765.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wilson ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Wilson.

Within Wisconsin, there are 4 communities which are also named Wilson. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 1 communities in the United States - with 5 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Wisconsin

Communities outside of Wisconsin

Other Communities Located In Wisconsin

Eau Claire County

Our profile page for Wilson, Eau Claire County   [Map]
Distance: About 47 miles [75.6 km] to the East Southeast

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Wilson, Lincoln County   [Map]
Distance: About 99 miles [159.3 km] to the East Northeast

Rusk County

Our profile page for Wilson, Rusk County   [Map]
Distance: About 35 miles [56.3 km] to the North Northeast

Sheboygan County

Our profile page for Wilson, Sheboygan County   [Map]
Distance: About 226 miles [363.7 km] to the East Southeast

Communities Outside of Wisconsin

New York

Niagara County

Our profile page for Wilson, Niagara County   [Map]
Distance: About 657 miles [1,057.3 km] to the East

Curious and Interesting Names Near Wilson ...

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.

Bloomer   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the East of Wilson   [Map]
Cedar Falls   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]
Clear Lake   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Elk Mound   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Emerald   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Emerald Station   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Forest   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Graytown   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Howard   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Knapp   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Prairie Farm   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sand Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Tainter Lake   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Turtle Lake   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Northwest   [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 Wilson. 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.

Andrew 'Handy Andy' Pafko
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Boyceville (Wisconsin) on Friday February 25, 1921 and died in Stevensville (Michigan) on Tueday October 8, 2013 at an age of 92. He was buried at St. Luke Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Boyceville [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest of Wilson

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew 'Handy Andy' Pafko<7>
Eddy Waller     (Edward C. Waller)
  Actor. He was born in Chippewa Falls (Wisconsin) on Friday June 14, 1889 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday August 19, 1977 at an age of 88. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Chippewa Falls [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of Wilson

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddy Waller

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wilson. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.1652, Longitude: -91.8441     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wilson 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 Wilson 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 317.293 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.043 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.815 degrees.

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<7>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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