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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Modale 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 Modale. 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 Modale.

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

The Harrison County sighting report from eBird.

Since Modale is near Washington County and also Pottawattamie County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Washington County

Sighting report for Pottawattamie 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 Modale.

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

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

  • Logan [Map], which is the Seat of Harrison County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Modale to Logan, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 123 miles [197.9 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,015 miles [1,633.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 58 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,488 miles [10,441.4 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 7,241 miles [11,653.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,143 miles [8,276.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Modale ...

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.

Blair (NE)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest of Modale   [Map]

California Junction   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

De Soto (NE) (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Echo   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Euclid   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Herman (NE)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Loveland   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Magnolia   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Missouri Valley   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Orson   -   11 miles [17.7 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 Modale. 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.

Fred Astaire     (Born as Frederick Austerlitz)

Actor, entertainer. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Wednesday May 10, 1899 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday June 22, 1987 at an age of 88. He was buried at Oakwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Fred Astaire<7>

Art Babbit     (Born as Arthur Harold Babitsky)

Animator. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Tueday October 8, 1907 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday March 4, 1992 at an age of 84. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Art Babbit

Jacob Henry 'Buddy' Baer

Professional boxer. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Friday June 11, 1915 and died in Martinez (California) on Friday July 18, 1986 at an age of 71. He was buried at Sierra Hills Memorial Park (Sacramento County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jacob Henry 'Buddy' Baer

Lee Beggs

Actor. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Saturday December 3, 1870 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday November 18, 1943 at an age of 72. He was buried at Kensico Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lee Beggs

Bob Boozer     (Robert Louis Boozer)

Professional basketball. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Monday April 26, 1937 and died in Omaha (Nebraska) on Saturday May 19, 2012 at an age of 75. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Modale

Omaha [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bob Boozer

Marlon Brando

Oscar winning actor, director, activist. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Thursday April 3, 1924 and died in Westwood (California) on Thursday July 1, 2004 at an age of 80.

Omaha [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marlon Brando

Don Chandler

Professional football. He was born in Council Bluffs (Iowa) on Wednesday September 5, 1934 and died in Tulsa (Oklahoma) on Thursday August 11, 2011 at an age of 76. He was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery (Tulsa County, Oklahoma) [Map].

Council Bluffs [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Chandler

Adele Astaire Douglass     (Born as Adele Marie Austerlitz)

Entertainer. She was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Friday September 10, 1897 and died in Scottsdale (Arizona) on Sunday January 25, 1981 at an age of 83. She was buried at Oakwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Adele Astaire Douglass

Gerald Ford     (Born as Leslie Lynch King)

38th President of the US (1974 - 1977). He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Monday July 14, 1913 and died in Rancho Mirage (California) on Tueday December 26, 2006 at an age of 93.

Omaha [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gerald Ford

Hoot Gibson     (Born as Edmund Richard Gibson)

Actor, rodeo champion. He was born in Tekamah (Nebraska) on Saturday August 6, 1892 and died in Woodland Hills (California) on Thursday August 23, 1962 at an age of 70. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Tekamah [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hoot Gibson

Dorothy McGuire

Actress. She was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Wednesday June 14, 1916 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Thursday September 13, 2001 at an age of 85.

Omaha [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dorothy McGuire

Buddy Miles     (George Allen Miles, Jr.)

Musician. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Friday September 5, 1947 and died in Austin (Texas) on Tueday February 26, 2008 at an age of 60.

Omaha [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buddy Miles

Anne Ramsey     (Born as Anne Mobley)

Actress. She was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Wednesday March 27, 1929 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday August 11, 1988 at an age of 59. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Modale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anne Ramsey

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Iowa

About Harrison County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harrison County: www.harrisoncountyia.org/

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- Modale) 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 Modale. 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 Modale

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Modale. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6182, Longitude: -96.0120     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Modale 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 Modale 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 320.156 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.853 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.893 degrees.

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<7>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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