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McCallsburg, Iowa

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for McCallsburg

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 McCallsburg. 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 McCallsburg.

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 Story County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

Sighting report for Story County

Since McCallsburg is near Hardin County and also Marshall County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Hardin County

Sighting report for Marshall County

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Curious and Interesting Names Near McCallsburg ...

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.

Garden City [Hardin County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of McCallsburg

Link to Google Map centered on Garden City

Gilbert lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of McCallsburg

Link to Google Map centered on Gilbert

Illinois Grove [Marshall County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of McCallsburg

Link to Google Map centered on Illinois Grove

Iowa Center lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of McCallsburg

Link to Google Map centered on Iowa Center

Jewell [Hamilton County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of McCallsburg

Link to Google Map centered on Jewell

Lawn Hill [Hardin County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of McCallsburg

Link to Google Map centered on Lawn Hill

Minerva [Marshall County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of McCallsburg

Link to Google Map centered on Minerva

Nevada lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of McCallsburg

Link to Google Map centered on Nevada

Randall [Hamilton County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of McCallsburg

Link to Google Map centered on Randall

Story City lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of McCallsburg

Link to Google Map centered on Story City

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 McCallsburg. 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.

Major League Baseball. He was born in Marshalltown (Iowa) on Saturday April 17, 1852 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Friday April 14, 1922 at the age of 70. He is buried at Oak Woods Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois).

Marshalltown is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of McCallsburg

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Adrian Constantine 'Cap' Anson<2>

Major League Baseball. He was born in Boone (Iowa) on Wednesday August 31, 1881 and died in Sioux City (Iowa) on Monday February 9, 1914 at the age of 32. He is buried at Onawa Cemetery (Monona County, Iowa).

Boone is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of McCallsburg

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Edward 'Buster' Brown<2>

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 - 1961). She was born in Boone (Iowa) on Saturday November 14, 1896 and died in Washington, DC on Thursday November 1, 1979 at the age of 83.

Boone is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of McCallsburg

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mamie Eisenhower<2>

Major League Baseball. He was born in Ames (Iowa) on Wednesday November 19, 1862 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Wednesday November 6, 1935 at the age of 73. He is buried at Forest Home Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois).

Ames is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of McCallsburg

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Sunday<2>

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

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

  • Nevada, which is the Seat of Story County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from McCallsburg to Nevada, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Des Moines, which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 41 miles [66 km]<1> to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 885 miles [1,424.3 km]<1> to the East (E). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 35 days and walking would take 51 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,372 miles [10,254.7 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,121 miles [11,460.1 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,018 miles [8,075.7 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Iowa

About Story County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Story County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- McCallsburg) 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 McCallsburg. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from McCallsburg

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in McCallsburg. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.1653, Longitude: -93.3898     [Map].
<2>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:
<3>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.
<4>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 McCallsburg to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 318.344 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.84 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.408 degrees.






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