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Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks 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 this GPS location for Dorchester:
    • 43.469694, -91.510974
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Dorchester
  • 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:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Dorchester ...

We have found twenty communities that share the name Dorchester.

Within Iowa, the name Dorchester is unique.

Beyond Iowa, we know of another twenty communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these twenty communities, eighteen are located in the United States and two are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Colorado
      • Gunnison County
      • This community is historic<1> and although located in Gunnison County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Gunnison County community of Dorchester.
    • Florida
      • Hillsborough County
      • This Dorchester is located in Hillsborough County and lies 1,183 miles [1,903.9 km]<2> to the south southeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hillsborough County community of Dorchester.
    • Georgia
      • Liberty County
      • This Dorchester is located in Liberty County and lies 975 miles [1,569.1 km]<2> to the southeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Liberty County community of Dorchester.
      • Richmond County
      • This Dorchester is located in Richmond County and lies 856 miles [1,377.6 km] to the southeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Richmond County community of Dorchester.
    • Illinois
      • Macoupin County
      • This Dorchester is located in Macoupin County and lies 314 miles [505.3 km]<2> to the south southeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Macoupin County community of Dorchester.
    • Maryland
      • Charles County
      • This Dorchester is located in Charles County and lies 827 miles [1,330.9 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Charles County community of Dorchester.
    • Massachusetts
      • Suffolk County
      • This Dorchester is located in Suffolk County and lies 1,034 miles [1,664.1 km]<2> to the east of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Suffolk County community of Dorchester.
    • Missouri
      • Greene County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Missouri community of Dorchester [Greene County].
    • Nebraska
      • Saline County
      • This Dorchester is located in Saline County and lies 347 miles [558.4 km]<2> to the west southwest of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saline County community of Dorchester.
    • New Brunswick
      • This Dorchester lies 1,329 miles [2,138.8 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
    • New Hampshire
      • Grafton County
      • This Dorchester is located in Grafton County and lies 975 miles [1,569.1 km]<2> to the east of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grafton County community of Dorchester.
    • New Jersey
      • Cumberland County
      • This Dorchester is located in Cumberland County and lies 902 miles [1,451.6 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cumberland County community of Dorchester.
    • North Carolina
      • Forsyth County
      • This Dorchester is located in Forsyth County and lies 775 miles [1,247.2 km]<2> to the southeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Forsyth County community of Dorchester.
    • Ontario
      • This Dorchester lies 527 miles [848.1 km]<2> to the east of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
    • South Carolina
      • Charleston County
      • This Dorchester is located in Charleston County and lies 961 miles [1,546.6 km]<2> to the southeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Charleston County community of Dorchester.
      • Dorchester County
      • This Dorchester is located in Dorchester County and lies 931 miles [1,498.3 km] to the southeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Dorchester County community of Dorchester.
    • Texas
      • Grayson County
      • This Dorchester is located in Grayson County and lies 740 miles [1,190.9 km]<2> to the south southwest of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grayson County community of Dorchester.
    • Virginia
      • Richmond City
      • This Dorchester is located in Richmond City and lies 844 miles [1,358.3 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Richmond City community of Dorchester.
      • Wise County
      • This Dorchester is located in Wise County and lies 648 miles [1,042.9 km] to the southeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wise County community of Dorchester.
    • Wisconsin
      • Clark County
      • This Dorchester is located in Clark County and lies 120 miles [193.1 km]<2> to the north northeast of the Dorchester that is located in Allamakee County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clark County community of Dorchester.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Dorchester ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Canoe [Winneshiek County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canoe
    • Canoe [Winneshiek County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the southwest of Dorchester
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canoe have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canoe
  • Church [Allamakee County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Church
    • Church [Allamakee County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Dorchester
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Church have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Church
  • Freeburg [Houston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freeburg
    • Freeburg [Houston County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the northeast of Dorchester
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Freeburg have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Freeburg
  • Highlandville [Winneshiek County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Highlandville
    • Highlandville [Winneshiek County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the west of Dorchester
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Highlandville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Highlandville
  • Continue List   (7 more) ...
    • Locust [Winneshiek County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Locust
      • Locust [Winneshiek County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the west of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Locust have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Locust
    • Mabel [Fillmore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mabel
      • Mabel [Fillmore County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the west of Dorchester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 744 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mabel
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mabel<5>
    • Newhouse [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newhouse
      • Newhouse [Houston County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the west of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Newhouse have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newhouse
    • Riceford [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Riceford
      • Riceford [Houston County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the northwest of Dorchester
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riceford
    • Spring Grove [Houston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spring Grove
      • Spring Grove [Houston County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northwest of Dorchester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,262 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spring Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Grove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spring Grove<5>
    • Springwater [Winneshiek County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springwater
      • Springwater [Winneshiek County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the southwest of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Springwater have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springwater
    • Victory [Vernon County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Victory
      • Victory [Vernon County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the east of Dorchester
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Victory have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Victory

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 Dorchester. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • John Leckie Ake     (Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1879/05/01:1879/09/20)
      • Major League Baseball> *~~mlb:<1879/05/01:1879/09/20. He was born in Altoona (PA) on August 29, 1861 (a Thursday) and died in La Crosse (WI) on May 11, 1887 (a Wednesday) at the age of 25. He is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery (La Crosse County, Wisconsin).
      • La Crosse is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northeast of Dorchester.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Leckie Ake<6>
    • Edward 'Big Ed' Konetchy     (Major League Baseball)
    • Nancy Parsons     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Saint Paul (MN) on January 17, 1942 (a Saturday) and died in La Crosse (WI) on January 5, 2001 (a Friday) at the age of 59. She is buried at Viroqua Cemetery (Vernon County, Wisconsin).
      • La Crosse is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northeast of Dorchester.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nancy Parsons<6>
    • Ford Sterling     (Actor)

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Dorchester and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Waukon, which is the Seat of Allamakee County and lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<2> to the south. If you could walk a straight line from Dorchester to Waukon, with an average speed<7> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
    • Des Moines, which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 167 miles [268.8 km] to the southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 814 miles [1,310 km] to the east southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 47 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,241 miles [10,043.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,990 miles [11,249.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,887 miles [7,864.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Allamakee County: www.co.allamakee.ia.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Dorchester, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Dorchester) 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 Dorchester. 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 DorchesterOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dorchester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.4697, Longitude: -91.5110       In this case, the coordinates for Dorchester have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>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 Dorchester 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.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Dorchester to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 317.063 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.55 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.102 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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