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Montour, Iowa

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The location of Montour

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Montour 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 Montour. 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 Montour.

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

The Tama County sighting report from eBird.

Since Montour is near Marshall County and also Jasper County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Marshall County

Sighting report for Jasper 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 Montour.

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

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

  • Toledo [Map], which is the Seat of Tama County, lies just to the East.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 53 miles [85.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could walk a straight line from Montour 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 849 miles [1,366.3 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 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 6,358 miles [10,232.2 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 7,106 miles [11,436 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,000 miles [8,046.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Montour ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Montour.

While the name Montour is unique within Iowa, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Gem County

Our profile page for Montour, Gem County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,196 miles [1,924.8 km] to the West Northwest.


Allegheny County

Our profile page for Montour, Allegheny County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Montour ...

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.

Green Mountain   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest of Montour   [Map]

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

Helena   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Kellogg   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lincoln   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the North   [Map]

Long Point   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Malta   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Marshalltown   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Melbourne   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Potter   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Quarry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Rushville   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southwest   [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 Montour. 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.

Adrian Constantine 'Cap' Anson

Major League Baseball. He was born in Marshalltown (Iowa) on Saturday April 17, 1852 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Friday April 14, 1922 at an age of 70. He was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Marshalltown [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the west of Montour

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Adrian Constantine 'Cap' Anson<8>

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 23 miles [37 km] to the east of Montour

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Francis D. Moran

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Iowa

About Tama County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Tama County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

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- Montour) 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 Montour. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Montour

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Montour. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.9803, Longitude: -92.7150     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Montour 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 Montour 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 317.873 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.275 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.103 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 Montour 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>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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