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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Mitchellville 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 Mitchellville. 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 Mitchellville.

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

The Polk County sighting report from eBird.

Since Mitchellville is near Jasper County and also Warren County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Jasper County

Sighting report for Warren 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 Mitchellville.

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

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

  • Des Moines [Map], which is the Seat of Polk County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Mitchellville to Des Moines, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day 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 [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). The buggy would take four to five hours and walking would take most of a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 879 miles [1,414.6 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, 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 6,396 miles [10,293.4 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 7,145 miles [11,498.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,040 miles [8,111.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Mitchellville ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Mitchellville.

While the name Mitchellville is unique within Iowa, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Alabama

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Mitchellville, Calhoun County   [Map]

Distance: About 677 miles [1,089.5 km] to the Southeast.

Arkansas

Desha County

Our profile page for Mitchellville, Desha County   [Map]

Distance: About 545 miles [877.1 km] to the South.

Indiana

Marion County

Our profile page for Mitchellville, Marion County

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

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

Kansas

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Mitchellville, Hamilton County

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

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

Stanton County

Our profile page for Mitchellville, Stanton County

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

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

Maryland

Prince George's County

Our profile page for Mitchellville, Prince George's County   [Map]

Distance: About 894 miles [1,438.8 km] to the East.

Missouri

Harrison County

Our profile page for Mitchellville, Harrison County   [Map]

Distance: About 107 miles [172.2 km] to the South Southwest.

Ontario

Our profile page for Mitchellville   [Map]

Distance: About 895 miles [1,440.4 km] to the East Northeast.

South Carolina

Jasper County

Our profile page for Mitchellville, Jasper County   [Map]

Distance: About 930 miles [1,496.7 km] to the Southeast.

Tennessee

Sumner County

Our profile page for Mitchellville, Sumner County   [Map]

Distance: About 503 miles [809.5 km] to the Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Mitchellville ...

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.

Carbondale   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest of Mitchellville   [Map]

Enterprise   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Green Castle   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Ivy   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Mingo   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Pleasant Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Prairie City   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Prairiebell   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rising Sun   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [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 Mitchellville. 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.

Bill Daily     (William Edward Daily, Jr.)

Actor, comedian. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Tueday August 30, 1927 and died in Santa Fe (New Mexico) on Tueday September 4, 2018 at an age of 91.

Des Moines [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the west of Mitchellville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bill Daily<8>

Frank Jenks

Actor, musician. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Tueday November 4, 1902 and died in Hollywood (California) on Sunday May 13, 1962 at an age of 59. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the west of Mitchellville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Jenks

Ruth Kobart

Actress. She was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Thursday April 24, 1924 and died in San Francisco (California) on Saturday December 14, 2002 at an age of 78. She was buried at Temple Israel Memorial Park (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the west of Mitchellville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ruth Kobart

Hermas Walter 'Herm' McFarland

Professional baseball. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Friday March 11, 1870 and died in Richmond (Virginia) on Saturday September 21, 1935 at an age of 65. He was buried at Riverview Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the west of Mitchellville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hermas Walter 'Herm' McFarland

Harry T. Robinson

Actor. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Saturday June 1, 1872 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday September 8, 1946 at an age of 74. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the west of Mitchellville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry T. Robinson

Billy Sunday

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 an age of 73. He was buried at Forest Home Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Ames [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Mitchellville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Sunday

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Polk County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mitchellville: www.mitchellville.org/

The official website for Polk County: www.co.polk.ia.us/

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mitchellville) 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 Mitchellville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Mitchellville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mitchellville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6679, Longitude: -93.3630     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mitchellville 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 Mitchellville 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 318.311 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.737 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.509 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Mitchellville 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>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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