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The location of Monona









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Monona 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 Monona. 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 Monona.

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

The Clayton County sighting report from eBird.

Since Monona is near Allamakee County and also Winneshiek County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Allamakee County

Sighting report for Winneshiek 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 Monona.

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

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

  • Elkader [Map], which is the Seat of Clayton County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Monona to Elkader, with an average speed<2> 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 [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 151 miles [243 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 800 miles [1,287.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 46 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,258 miles [10,071.3 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 7,006 miles [11,275.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,901 miles [7,887.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Monona ...

While the name Monona is unique within Iowa, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Iowa

Wisconsin

Dane County

Our profile page for Monona, Dane County   [Map]

Distance: About 103 miles [165.8 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Monona ...

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.

Eldergrove   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast of Monona   [Map]

Farmersburg   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Frankville   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Harpers Ferry   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Highland   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Junction (Historic)   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Maud   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Postville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Sixteen   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Yellow River   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [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 Monona. 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.

Clifford Donald Simak

Author. He was born in Millville (Wisconsin) on Wednesday August 3, 1904 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Monday April 25, 1988 at an age of 83. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Millville [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the east of Monona

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clifford Donald Simak<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Clayton County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Monona: www.mononaiowa.org/

The official website for Clayton County: www.claytoncountyiowa.net/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Monona. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0514, Longitude: -91.3912     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Monona 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 Monona 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 316.978 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.396 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.15 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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