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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Monroe 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 Monroe. 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 Monroe.

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

The Jasper County sighting report from eBird.

Since Monroe is near Marion County and also Polk County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Marion County

Sighting report for Polk 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 Monroe.

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

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

  • Newton [Map], which is the Seat of Jasper County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Monroe to Newton, 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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 864 miles [1,390.5 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 34 days and walking would take 49 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,395 miles [10,291.8 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 7,143 miles [11,495.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,036 miles [8,104.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Monroe ...

We have found 51 communities that share the name Monroe.

While the name Monroe is unique within Iowa, we know of another 51 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Arkansas

Monroe County

Our profile page for Monroe, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 480 miles [772.5 km] to the South Southeast.

California

Sonoma County

Our profile page for Monroe, Sonoma County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,575 miles [2,534.7 km] to the West.

Connecticut

Fairfield County

Our profile page for Monroe, Fairfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,027 miles [1,652.8 km] to the East.

Florida

Collier County

Our profile page for Monroe, Collier County

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

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

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Monroe, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,115 miles [1,794.4 km] to the Southeast.

Orange County

Our profile page for Monroe, Orange County

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

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

Georgia

Walton County

Our profile page for Monroe, Walton County   [Map]

Distance: About 739 miles [1,189.3 km] to the Southeast.

Illinois

Ogle County

Our profile page for Monroe, Ogle County

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

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

Indiana

Adams County

Our profile page for Monroe, Adams County   [Map]

Distance: About 427 miles [687.2 km] to the East.

Tippecanoe County

Our profile page for Monroe, Tippecanoe County   [Map]

Distance: About 342 miles [550.4 km] to the East Southeast.

Kansas

Atchison County

Our profile page for Monroe, Atchison County

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

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

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Monroe, Lincoln County

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

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

Sumner County

Our profile page for Monroe, Sumner County

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

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

Kentucky

Hart County

Our profile page for Monroe, Hart County   [Map]

Distance: About 493 miles [793.4 km] to the Southeast.

Louisiana

Ouachita Parish

Our profile page for Monroe, Ouachita Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 624 miles [1,004.2 km] to the South.

Union Parish

Our profile page for Monroe, Union Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 603 miles [970.4 km] to the South.

Maine

Waldo County

Our profile page for Monroe, Waldo County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,228 miles [1,976.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Massachusetts

Franklin County

Our profile page for Monroe, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,031 miles [1,659.2 km] to the East.

Michigan

Monroe County

Our profile page for Monroe, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 500 miles [804.7 km] to the East.

Minnesota

Martin County

Our profile page for Monroe, Martin County

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

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

Mississippi

Franklin County

Our profile page for Monroe, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 705 miles [1,134.6 km] to the South.

Perry County

Our profile page for Monroe, Perry County

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

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

Nebraska

Platte County

Our profile page for Monroe, Platte County   [Map]

Distance: About 232 miles [373.4 km] to the West.

New Hampshire

Grafton County

Our profile page for Monroe, Grafton County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,078 miles [1,734.9 km] to the East Northeast.

New Jersey

Morris County

Our profile page for Monroe, Morris County   [Map]

Distance: About 969 miles [1,559.5 km] to the East.

Salem County

Our profile page for Monroe, Salem County

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

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

Sussex County

Our profile page for Monroe, Sussex County   [Map]

Distance: About 956 miles [1,538.5 km] to the East.

New York

Orange County

Our profile page for Monroe, Orange County   [Map]

Distance: About 977 miles [1,572.3 km] to the East.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Our profile page for Monroe   [Map]

Distance: About 1,955 miles [3,146.3 km] to the East Northeast.

North Carolina

Union County

Our profile page for Monroe, Union County   [Map]

Distance: About 814 miles [1,310 km] to the East Southeast.

Ohio

Brown County

Our profile page for Monroe, Brown County

This community is historic.<8>

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

Butler County

Our profile page for Monroe, Butler County   [Map]

Distance: About 480 miles [772.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Greene County

Our profile page for Monroe, Greene County   [Map]

Distance: About 500 miles [804.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Highland County

Our profile page for Monroe, Highland County

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

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

Jackson County

Our profile page for Monroe, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 581 miles [935 km] to the East Southeast.

Oklahoma

Le Flore County

Our profile page for Monroe, Le Flore County   [Map]

Distance: About 457 miles [735.5 km] to the South.

Oregon

Benton County

Our profile page for Monroe, Benton County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,530 miles [2,462.3 km] to the West Northwest.

Pennsylvania

Bradford County

Our profile page for Monroe, Bradford County   [Map]

Distance: About 856 miles [1,377.6 km] to the East.

Bucks County

Our profile page for Monroe, Bucks County   [Map]

Distance: About 933 miles [1,501.5 km] to the East.

Butler County

Our profile page for Monroe, Butler County   [Map]

Distance: About 698 miles [1,123.3 km] to the East.

Clarion County

Our profile page for Monroe, Clarion County   [Map]

Distance: About 699 miles [1,124.9 km] to the East.

South Dakota

Turner County

Our profile page for Monroe, Turner County   [Map]

Distance: About 249 miles [400.7 km] to the Northwest.

Tennessee

Overton County

Our profile page for Monroe, Overton County   [Map]

Distance: About 548 miles [881.9 km] to the Southeast.

Texas

Lubbock County

Our profile page for Monroe, Lubbock County

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

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

Rusk County

Our profile page for Monroe, Rusk County   [Map]

Distance: About 640 miles [1,030 km] to the South.

Utah

Sevier County

Our profile page for Monroe, Sevier County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,022 miles [1,644.7 km] to the West.

Virginia

Amherst County

Our profile page for Monroe, Amherst County   [Map]

Distance: About 793 miles [1,276.2 km] to the East Southeast.

Greene County

Our profile page for Monroe, Greene County

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

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

Washington County

Our profile page for Monroe, Washington County

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

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

Washington

Snohomish County

Our profile page for Monroe, Snohomish County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,474 miles [2,372.2 km] to the West Northwest.

Wisconsin

Green County

Our profile page for Monroe, Green County   [Map]

Distance: About 192 miles [309 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Monroe ...

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.

Galesburg   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East of Monroe   [Map]

Killduff   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lambs Grove   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Murphy   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Pleasantville   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Prairiebell   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Swan   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [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 Monroe. 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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Monroe

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bill Daily<9>

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Monroe

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Monroe

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Monroe

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

Lillian Miles

Actress. She was born in Oskaloosa (Iowa) on Thursday August 1, 1907 and died in Yucca Valley (California) on Sunday February 27, 1972 at an age of 64. She was buried at Montecito Memorial Park (San Bernardino County, California) [Map].

Oskaloosa [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Monroe

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lillian Miles

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Monroe

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry T. Robinson

Tyler Sash

Professional football. He was born in Oskaloosa (Iowa) on Sunday March 27, 1988 and died in Oskaloosa (Iowa) on Tueday September 8, 2015 at an age of 27. He was buried at Forest Memorial Gardens (Mahaska County, Iowa) [Map].

Oskaloosa [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Monroe

Oskaloosa [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Monroe

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tyler Sash

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Iowa

About Jasper County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Monroe. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5207, Longitude: -93.1018     [Map].

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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 Monroe 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 318.126 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.505 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.409 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 Monroe 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 Monroe, 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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