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Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Afton, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Afton and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Afton and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Afton. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Afton.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Union County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Union County sighting report from eBird.

Since Afton is near Clarke County and also Ringgold County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Clarke County

Sighting report for Ringgold County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Afton.

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

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

  • Creston [Map], which is the Seat of Union County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Afton to Creston, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 49 miles [78.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 918 miles [1,477.4 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 36 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,458 miles [10,393.1 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 7,207 miles [11,598.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,101 miles [8,209.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Afton ...

We have found 33 communities that share the name Afton.

While the name Afton is unique within Iowa, we know of another 33 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Alabama

Barbour County

Our profile page for Afton, Barbour County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Barbour County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Arkansas

Fulton County

Our profile page for Afton, Fulton County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Fulton County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

California

Glenn County

Our profile page for Afton, Glenn County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,462 miles [2,352.9 km] to the West.

San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Afton, San Bernardino County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,271 miles [2,045.5 km] to the West.

Delaware

New Castle County

Our profile page for Afton, New Castle County   [Map]

Distance: About 985 miles [1,585.2 km] to the East.

Georgia

Berrien County

Our profile page for Afton, Berrien County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Berrien County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Dawson County

Our profile page for Afton, Dawson County   [Map]

Distance: About 704 miles [1,133 km] to the Southeast.

Kansas

Marshall County

Our profile page for Afton, Marshall County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Marshall County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Sedgwick County

Our profile page for Afton, Sedgwick County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Sedgwick County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Sumner County

Our profile page for Afton, Sumner County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Sumner County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Louisiana

Madison Parish

Our profile page for Afton, Madison Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 628 miles [1,010.7 km] to the South Southeast.

Tensas Parish

Our profile page for Afton, Tensas Parish

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Tensas Parish, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Michigan

Charlevoix County

Our profile page for Afton, Charlevoix County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Charlevoix County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Cheboygan County

Our profile page for Afton, Cheboygan County   [Map]

Distance: About 572 miles [920.5 km] to the Northeast.

Minnesota

Washington County

Our profile page for Afton, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 276 miles [444.2 km] to the North Northeast.

Nebraska

Frontier County

Our profile page for Afton, Frontier County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Frontier County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Nevada

Elko County

Our profile page for Afton, Elko County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 1,083 miles [1,742.9 km] to the West.

New Jersey

Morris County

Our profile page for Afton, Morris County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,031 miles [1,659.2 km] to the East.

New Mexico

Dona Ana County

Our profile page for Afton, Dona Ana County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 937 miles [1,508 km] to the Southwest.

New York

Chenango County

Our profile page for Afton, Chenango County   [Map]

Distance: About 965 miles [1,553 km] to the East.

North Carolina

Warren County

Our profile page for Afton, Warren County   [Map]

Distance: About 918 miles [1,477.4 km] to the East Southeast.

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Afton   [Map]

Distance: About 1,650 miles [2,655.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Ohio

Clermont County

Our profile page for Afton, Clermont County   [Map]

Distance: About 550 miles [885.1 km] to the East.

Oklahoma

Ottawa County

Our profile page for Afton, Ottawa County   [Map]

Distance: About 302 miles [486 km] to the South.

South Dakota

Hyde County

Our profile page for Afton, Hyde County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Hyde County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Tennessee

Greene County

Our profile page for Afton, Greene County   [Map]

Distance: About 701 miles [1,128.2 km] to the East Southeast.

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Afton, Sullivan County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Sullivan County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Texas

Dickens County

Our profile page for Afton, Dickens County   [Map]

Distance: About 618 miles [994.6 km] to the Southwest.

Virginia

Chesterfield County

Our profile page for Afton, Chesterfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 927 miles [1,491.9 km] to the East.

Nelson County

Our profile page for Afton, Nelson County   [Map]

Distance: About 842 miles [1,355.1 km] to the East.

West Virginia

Preston County

Our profile page for Afton, Preston County   [Map]

Distance: About 777 miles [1,250.5 km] to the East.

Wisconsin

Rock County

Our profile page for Afton, Rock County   [Map]

Distance: About 285 miles [458.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Wyoming

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Afton, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 866 miles [1,393.7 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Afton ...

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.

Barney   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast of Afton   [Map]

Diagonal   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hebron   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Hopeville   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Kent   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Macksburg   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Murray   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Tingley   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Zion   -   13 miles [20.9 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 Afton. 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.

Harry Runkle Archer

Composer. He was born in Creston (Iowa) on Sunday February 21, 1886 and died in New York (New York) on Saturday April 23, 1960 at an age of 74. He was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Creston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the west of Afton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Runkle Archer<9>

Glen Luther Martin

Aviation pioneer. He was born in Macksburg (Iowa) on Sunday January 17, 1886 and died in Baltimore (Maryland) on Monday December 5, 1955 at an age of 69. He was buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Macksburg [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Afton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Glen Luther Martin

John Wayne     (Born as Marion Morrison)

Oscar winning actor. He was born in Winterset (Iowa) on Sunday May 26, 1907 and died in Newport Beach (California) on Friday May 11, 1979 at an age of 72. He was buried at Pacific View Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Winterset [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Afton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Wayne

Clarence Everett 'Yam' Yaryan

Major League Baseball. He was born in Knowlton (Iowa) on Saturday November 5, 1892 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Monday November 16, 1964 at an age of 72. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Jefferson County, Alabama) [Map].

Knowlton [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Afton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clarence Everett 'Yam' Yaryan

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Union County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Afton. 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 Afton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Afton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0276, Longitude: -94.1953     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Afton 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 Afton 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 318.863 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.288 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.077 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 Afton 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>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 Afton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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