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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Montezuma 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 Montezuma. 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 Montezuma.

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

The Poweshiek County sighting report from eBird.

Since Montezuma is near Mahaska County and also Keokuk County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Mahaska County

Sighting report for Keokuk 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 Montezuma.

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

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

  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 56 miles [90.1 km] to the West (W). If you could walk a straight line from Montezuma to Des Moines, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 836 miles [1,345.4 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 33 days and walking would take 48 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,372 miles [10,254.7 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 7,119 miles [11,456.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,011 miles [8,064.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Montezuma ...

We have found 24 communities that share the name Montezuma.

While the name Montezuma is unique within Iowa, we know of another 24 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Alabama

Covington County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Covington County

This community is historic.<7>

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

Arizona

Maricopa County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Maricopa County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,274 miles [2,050.3 km] to the West Southwest.

California

Solano County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Solano County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,566 miles [2,520.2 km] to the West.

Tuolumne County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Tuolumne County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,497 miles [2,409.2 km] to the West.

Colorado

Summit County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Summit County   [Map]

Distance: About 712 miles [1,145.9 km] to the West.

Georgia

Chatham County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Chatham County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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

Macon County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Macon County   [Map]

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

Illinois

Pike County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Pike County   [Map]

Distance: About 173 miles [278.4 km] to the Southeast.

Indiana

Parke County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Parke County   [Map]

Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the East Southeast.

Vermillion County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Vermillion County

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

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

Kansas

Finney County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Finney County

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

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

Gray County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Gray County   [Map]

Distance: About 502 miles [807.9 km] to the West Southwest.

Logan County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Logan County

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

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

Nevada

Esmeralda County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Esmeralda County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,342 miles [2,159.7 km] to the West.

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Lincoln County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,187 miles [1,910.3 km] to the West.

New Mexico

San Miguel County

Our profile page for Montezuma, San Miguel County   [Map]

Distance: About 799 miles [1,285.9 km] to the West Southwest.

Sandoval County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Sandoval County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 864 miles [1,390.5 km] to the West Southwest.

Socorro County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Socorro County

This community is historic.

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

New York

Cayuga County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Cayuga County   [Map]

Distance: About 812 miles [1,306.8 km] to the East Northeast.

North Carolina

Avery County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Avery County   [Map]

Distance: About 686 miles [1,104 km] to the East Southeast.

Mitchell County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Mitchell County

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

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

Ohio

Mercer County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Mercer County   [Map]

Distance: About 422 miles [679.1 km] to the East.

Tennessee

Chester County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Chester County   [Map]

Distance: About 474 miles [762.8 km] to the South Southeast.

Virginia

Rockingham County

Our profile page for Montezuma, Rockingham County   [Map]

Distance: About 748 miles [1,203.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Montezuma ...

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.

Coal Creek   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast of Montezuma   [Map]

Deep River   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Guernsey   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Indianapolis   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South   [Map]

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

Jamestown   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lacey   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lynnville   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Spring Valley   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Union Mills   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Vulcan (Historic)   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast   [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 Montezuma. 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.

Mace Stanley Brown

Major League Baseball. He was born in North English (Iowa) on Friday May 21, 1909 and died in Greensboro (North Carolina) on Sunday March 24, 2002 at an age of 92. He was buried at Westminster Gardens Cemetery (Guilford County, North Carolina) [Map].

North English [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the east of Montezuma

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mace Stanley Brown<9>

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Montezuma

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lillian Miles

Francis D. Moran

Professional football. He was born in Belle Plaine (Iowa) on Wednesday July 31, 1901 and died in New Milford (Connecticut) on Friday December 30, 1994 at an age of 93.

Belle Plaine [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Montezuma

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Francis D. Moran

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Montezuma

Oskaloosa [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Montezuma

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tyler Sash

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Poweshiek County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Montezuma. 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 from Point A (ie- Montezuma) 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 Montezuma. 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 Montezuma

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Montezuma. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5834, Longitude: -92.5274     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Montezuma 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 Montezuma 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 317.734 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.063 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.102 degrees.

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<7>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 Montezuma, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Montezuma 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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<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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