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Monti, Iowa

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The location of Monti

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Monti 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 Monti. 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 Monti.

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

The Buchanan County sighting report from eBird.

Since Monti is near Delaware County and also Linn County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Delaware County

Sighting report for Linn 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

The website, centered on Monti.

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

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

  • Independence [Map], which is the Seat of Buchanan County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Monti to Independence, 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 115 miles [185.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). 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 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 6,301 miles [10,140.5 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 7,048 miles [11,342.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,941 miles [7,951.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Monti ...

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.

Alice   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South of Monti   [Map]

Center Point   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Doris   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Dundee   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Gatesville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Golden   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Paris (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Prairieburg   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rogers   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [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 Monti. 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.

Fran Allison

Actress. She was born in La Porte City (Iowa) on Wednesday November 20, 1907 and died on Tueday June 13, 1989 at an age of 81. She was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Linn County, Iowa) [Map].

La Porte City [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the west of Monti

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Fran Allison<7>

Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak

Major League Baseball. He was born in Brooklyn (New York) on Friday April 28, 1916 and died in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Tueday July 25, 1967 at an age of 51. He was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Linn County, Iowa) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Monti

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak

Paul Conrad

Political cartoonist. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Friday June 27, 1924 and died in Rancho Palos Verdes (California) on Saturday September 4, 2010 at an age of 86. He was buried at Green Hills Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Monti

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Conrad

Don DeFore     (Born as Donald John DeFore)

Actor. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Monday August 25, 1913 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Wednesday December 22, 1993 at an age of 80. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Monti

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don DeFore

Edmund John 'Bing' Miller

Major League Baseball. He was born in Vinton (Iowa) on Thursday August 30, 1894 and died in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Saturday May 7, 1966 at an age of 71. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Vinton [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest of Monti

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edmund John 'Bing' Miller

Frank H. Wheeler

Auto racing pioneer. He was born in Manchester (Iowa) on Saturday October 24, 1863 and died in Indianapolis (Indiana) on Friday May 27, 1921 at an age of 57. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery (Marion County, Indiana) [Map].

Manchester [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northeast of Monti

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank H. Wheeler

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Iowa

About Buchanan County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Buchanan County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

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- Monti) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Monti. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.3769, Longitude: -91.6374     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Monti 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 Monti 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 317.14 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.489 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.452 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:

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