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Montpelier, Iowa

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Montpelier 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 Montpelier. 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 Montpelier.

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

The Muscatine County sighting report from eBird.

Since Montpelier is near Scott County and also Rock Island County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Scott County

Sighting report for Rock Island 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 Montpelier.

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

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

  • Muscatine [Map], which is the Seat of Muscatine County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Montpelier to Muscatine, 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 145 miles [233.4 km] to the West (W). 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 746 miles [1,200.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 43 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,318 miles [10,167.8 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 7,061 miles [11,363.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,949 miles [7,964.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Montpelier ...

We have found 18 communities that share the name Montpelier.

While the name Montpelier is unique within Iowa, we know of another 18 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Stanislaus County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Stanislaus County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,607 miles [2,586.2 km] to the West.


Baldwin County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Baldwin County   [Map]

Distance: About 714 miles [1,149.1 km] to the Southeast.

Bibb County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Bibb County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

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


Bear Lake County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Bear Lake County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,052 miles [1,693 km] to the West.


Blackford County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Blackford County   [Map]

Distance: About 294 miles [473.1 km] to the East.


Adair County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Adair County   [Map]

Distance: About 429 miles [690.4 km] to the Southeast.


Saint Helena Parish

Our profile page for Montpelier, Saint Helena Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 744 miles [1,197.4 km] to the South.


Knox County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Knox County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,108 miles [1,783.2 km] to the East Northeast.


Prince George's County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Prince George's County   [Map]

Distance: About 752 miles [1,210.2 km] to the East.


Clay County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Clay County   [Map]

Distance: About 544 miles [875.5 km] to the South.

North Carolina

Richmond County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Richmond County

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

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

North Dakota

Stutsman County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Stutsman County   [Map]

Distance: About 528 miles [849.7 km] to the Northwest.


Williams County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Williams County   [Map]

Distance: About 321 miles [516.6 km] to the East.


Washington County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 940 miles [1,512.8 km] to the East Northeast.


Charles City County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Charles City County   [Map]

Distance: About 779 miles [1,253.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Hanover County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Hanover County   [Map]

Distance: About 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Orange County

Our profile page for Montpelier, 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.

West Virginia

Harrison County

Our profile page for Montpelier, Harrison County   [Map]

Distance: About 571 miles [918.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Montpelier ...

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.

Blue Grass   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast of Montpelier   [Map]

Buffalo   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]

Fairport   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Illinois City (IL)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Jamestown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

New Era   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Pine Mills (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Pleasant Prairie   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Walnut Grove   -   7 miles [11.3 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 Montpelier. 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.

Eddie Albert     (Born as Edward Albert Heimberger)

Actor, singer, activist. He was born in Rock Island (Illinois) on Sunday April 22, 1906 and died in Pacific Palisades (California) on Thursday May 26, 2005 at an age of 99.

Rock Island [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the east of Montpelier

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie Albert<9>

Bix Beiderbecke     (Born as Leon Bismark Beiderbecke)

Musician. He was born in Davenport (Iowa) on Tueday March 10, 1903 and died in Sunnyside (New York) on Thursday August 6, 1931 at an age of 28. He was buried at Oakdale Memorial Gardens (Scott County, Iowa) [Map].

Davenport [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast of Montpelier

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bix Beiderbecke

Vincent Hugo Bendix

Inventor, industrialist. He was born in Moline (Illinois) on Friday August 12, 1881 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday March 27, 1945 at an age of 63. He was buried at Graceland Cemetery (Macon County, Illinois) [Map].

Moline [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Montpelier

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Vincent Hugo Bendix

Ken Berry     (Kenneth Ronald Berry)

Actor, dancer, singer. He was born in Moline (Illinois) on Friday November 3, 1933 and died in Burbank (California) on Saturday December 1, 2018 at an age of 85.

Moline [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Montpelier

Lawrence 'Larry' Conley

Musician. He was born in Keithsburg (Illinois) on Friday November 29, 1895 and died in Copiague (New York) on Monday February 29, 1960 (which is Leap Day) at an age of 64. He was buried at Long Island National Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Keithsburg [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the south of Montpelier

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lawrence 'Larry' Conley

John Deere

Inventor, industrialist. He was born in Rutland (Vermont) on Tueday February 7, 1804 and died in Moline (Illinois) on Monday May 17, 1886 at an age of 82. He was buried at Riverside Cemetery (Rock Island County, Illinois) [Map].

Moline [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Montpelier

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Deere

Jack Fleck

Professional golf. He was born in Bettendorf (Iowa) on Monday November 7, 1921 and died in Fort Smith (Arkansas) on Friday March 21, 2014 at an age of 92. He was buried at Ft. Smith National Cemetery (Sebastian County, Arkansas) [Map].

Bettendorf [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northeast of Montpelier

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jack Fleck

Tim 'Kingfish' Moore     (Born as Harry Roscoe Moore)

Actor. He was born in Rock Island (Illinois) on Friday December 9, 1887 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday December 13, 1958 at an age of 71. He was buried at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery (California).

Rock Island [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the east of Montpelier

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tim 'Kingfish' Moore

Octave Thanet

Author. She was born in Andover (Massachusetts) on Tueday March 19, 1850 and died in Davenport (Iowa) on Tueday January 9, 1934 at an age of 83. She was buried at Oakdale Memorial Gardens (Scott County, Iowa) [Map].

Davenport [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast of Montpelier

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Octave Thanet

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Muscatine 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Montpelier) 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 Montpelier. 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 Montpelier

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Montpelier. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.4592, Longitude: -90.8071     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Montpelier 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 Montpelier 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 316.559 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.699 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.262 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 Montpelier, 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 Montpelier 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:

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