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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Wiota to ...

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

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

  • Darlington [Map], which is the Seat of Lafayette County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Madison [Map], which is the State Capital of Wisconsin, lies 41 miles [66 km] to the Northeast (NE). If you could walk a straight line from Wiota to Madison, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 722 miles [1,161.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,229 miles [10,024.6 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 6,973 miles [11,222 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,864 miles [7,827.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Wiota ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Wiota.

While the name Wiota is unique within Wisconsin, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Wisconsin

Iowa

Cass County

Our profile page for Wiota, Cass County   [Map]
Distance: About 267 miles [429.7 km] to the West Southwest

Montana

Valley County

Our profile page for Wiota, Valley County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 874 miles [1,406.6 km] to the West Northwest

Pennsylvania

York County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Wiota ...

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.

Argyle   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast of Wiota   [Map]
Hollandale   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Martintown   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Moscow   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Postville   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Red Rock   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Slateford   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Sweet Home (IL) (Historic)   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Yellowstone   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [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 Wiota. 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.

Allen Ludden     (Born as Allen Packard Ellsworth)
  Television personality. He was born in Mineral Point (Wisconsin) on Friday October 5, 1917 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Tueday June 9, 1981 at an age of 63. He was buried at Graceland Cemetery (Iowa County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Mineral Point [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northwest of Wiota

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Allen Ludden<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Wiota. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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 starting in Wiota. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wiota) 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 Wiota. 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 Wiota

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wiota. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.6368, Longitude: -89.9529     [Map].

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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 Wiota 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 315.992 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.213 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.52 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 Wiota, 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 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 Wiota 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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Wiota.



 
 
 

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