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Introduction ...

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

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 Mitchell, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Mitchell and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Mitchell 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 Mitchell. 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 Mitchell.

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

The Mitchell County sighting report from eBird.

Since Mitchell is near Worth County and also Floyd County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Worth County

Sighting report for Floyd 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 Mitchell.

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

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

  • Osage [Map], which is the Seat of Mitchell County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 124 miles [199.6 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Mitchell to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 876 miles [1,409.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 35 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 6,295 miles [10,130.8 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 7,046 miles [11,339.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,946 miles [7,959.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Mitchell ...

We have found 44 communities that share the name Mitchell.

While the name Mitchell is unique within Iowa, we know of another 44 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Alabama

Bullock County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Bullock County   [Map]

Distance: About 852 miles [1,371.2 km] to the South Southeast.

Arkansas

Clay County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Clay County   [Map]

Distance: About 501 miles [806.3 km] to the South Southeast.

Fulton County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Fulton County   [Map]

Distance: About 485 miles [780.5 km] to the South.

Colorado

Eagle County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Eagle County   [Map]

Distance: About 746 miles [1,200.6 km] to the West Southwest.

Weld County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Weld County

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

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

Georgia

Glascock County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Glascock County   [Map]

Distance: About 887 miles [1,427.5 km] to the Southeast.

Idaho

Bingham County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Bingham County   [Map]

Distance: About 963 miles [1,549.8 km] to the West.

Illinois

Franklin County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 423 miles [680.8 km] to the South Southeast.

Madison County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Madison County   [Map]

Distance: About 346 miles [556.8 km] to the South Southeast.

Indiana

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Lawrence County   [Map]

Distance: About 459 miles [738.7 km] to the Southeast.

Kansas

Rice County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Rice County   [Map]

Distance: About 436 miles [701.7 km] to the Southwest.

Louisiana

Sabine Parish

Our profile page for Mitchell, Sabine Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 797 miles [1,282.6 km] to the South.

Tangipahoa Parish

Our profile page for Mitchell, Tangipahoa Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 870 miles [1,400.1 km] to the South.

Manitoba

Our profile page for Mitchell   [Map]

Distance: About 467 miles [751.6 km] to the North Northwest.

Michigan

Antrim County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Antrim County

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

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

Grand Traverse County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Grand Traverse County

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

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

Missaukee County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Missaukee County

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

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

Minnesota

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Saint Louis County   [Map]

Distance: About 284 miles [457.1 km] to the North.

Mississippi

Hancock County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Hancock County

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

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

Tippah County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Tippah County   [Map]

Distance: About 632 miles [1,017.1 km] to the South Southeast.

Union County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Union County   [Map]

Distance: About 647 miles [1,041.2 km] to the South Southeast.

Missouri

Phelps County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Phelps County

This community is historic.<8>

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

Saint Francois County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Saint Francois County   [Map]

Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the South Southeast.

Montana

Lewis and Clark County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Lewis and Clark County

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

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

Nebraska

Scotts Bluff County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Scotts Bluff County   [Map]

Distance: About 563 miles [906.1 km] to the West.

New Mexico

Lea County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Lea County

This community is historic.

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

New York

Ontario County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Ontario County

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

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

Ontario

Our profile page for Mitchell   [Map]

Distance: About 586 miles [943.1 km] to the East.

Oregon

Crook County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Crook County

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

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

Linn County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Linn County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,479 miles [2,380.2 km] to the West Northwest.

Polk County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Polk County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,503 miles [2,418.8 km] to the West Northwest.

Wheeler County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Wheeler County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,352 miles [2,175.8 km] to the West Northwest.

Quebec

Our profile page for Mitchell   [Map]

Distance: About 1,019 miles [1,639.9 km] to the East Northeast.

South Carolina

Greenville County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Greenville County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 803 miles [1,292.3 km] to the Southeast.

South Dakota

Davison County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Davison County   [Map]

Distance: About 259 miles [416.8 km] to the West.

Tennessee

Robertson County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Robertson County   [Map]

Distance: About 569 miles [915.7 km] to the Southeast.

Texas

Eastland County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Eastland County   [Map]

Distance: About 828 miles [1,332.5 km] to the South Southwest.

Lipscomb County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Lipscomb County

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

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

Starr County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Starr County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,215 miles [1,955.4 km] to the South Southwest.

Utah

Weber County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Weber County   [Map]

Distance: About 983 miles [1,582 km] to the West.

Virginia

Salem City

Our profile page for Mitchell, Salem City   [Map]

Distance: About 789 miles [1,269.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Washington

Grant County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Grant County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,301 miles [2,093.8 km] to the West Northwest.

West Virginia

Pendleton County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Pendleton County   [Map]

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

Wisconsin

Fond du Lac County

Our profile page for Mitchell, Fond du Lac County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Mitchell ...

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.

Carpenter   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest of Mitchell   [Map]

Dixie   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Little Cedar   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Orchard   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rock Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Stacyville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Stacyville Junction   -   9 miles [14.5 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 Mitchell. 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.

Buddy Holly     (Charles Hardin Holley)

Musician. He was born in Lubbock (Texas) on Monday September 7, 1936 and died in Clear Lake (Iowa) on Tueday February 3, 1959 at an age of 22. He was buried at City of Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock County, Texas) [Map].

Clear Lake [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of Mitchell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buddy Holly<9>

Ritchie Valens     (Born as Richard Steven Valenzuela)

Musician. He was born in Pacoima (California) on Tueday May 13, 1941 and died in Clear Lake (Iowa) on Tueday February 3, 1959 at an age of 17. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Clear Lake [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of Mitchell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ritchie Valens

Robert James Waller

Author. He was born in Rockford (Iowa) on Tueday August 1, 1939 and died in Fredericksburg (Texas) on Friday March 10, 2017 at an age of 77.

Rockford [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Mitchell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert James Waller

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Mitchell. 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 '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- Mitchell) 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 Mitchell. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Mitchell

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mitchell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.3204, Longitude: -92.8711     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mitchell 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 Mitchell 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 318.006 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.607 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.857 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Mitchell 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 Mitchell, 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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