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Mooreville, Iowa

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The location of Mooreville

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Mooreville 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 Mooreville. 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 Mooreville.

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 Mooreville is near Black Hawk County and also Benton County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Black Hawk County

Sighting report for Benton 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 Mooreville.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Mooreville once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Mooreville and extending to:

  • Toledo [Map], which is the Seat of Tama County, lies 22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Mooreville to Toledo, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 81 miles [130.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 831 miles [1,337.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 33 days and walking would take 48 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,330 miles [10,187.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,078 miles [11,390.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,972 miles [8,001.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Mooreville ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Mooreville.

While the name Mooreville is unique within Iowa, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Arapahoe County

Our profile page for Mooreville, Arapahoe County

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

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


Litchfield County

Our profile page for Mooreville, Litchfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 984 miles [1,583.6 km] to the East.


Schoolcraft County

Our profile page for Mooreville, Schoolcraft County

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

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

Washtenaw County

Our profile page for Mooreville, Washtenaw County   [Map]

Distance: About 438 miles [704.9 km] to the East.


Lee County

Our profile page for Mooreville, Lee County   [Map]

Distance: About 586 miles [943.1 km] to the South Southeast.


Belmont County

Our profile page for Mooreville, Belmont County

This community is historic.

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


Falls County

Our profile page for Mooreville, Falls County   [Map]

Distance: About 801 miles [1,289.1 km] to the South Southwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Mooreville ...

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.

Blessing   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest of Mooreville   [Map]

Geneva   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Gilbertville   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

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

Hilltop   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Louise   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Orange   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Raymond   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Rogersville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Shady Grove   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [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 Mooreville. 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 7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast of Mooreville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Fran Allison<9>

Lou Hoover

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Herbert Hoover (1929 - 1933). She was born in Waterloo (Iowa) on Sunday March 29, 1874 and died in New York (New York) on Friday January 7, 1944 at an age of 69.

Waterloo [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Mooreville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lou Hoover

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Mooreville

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

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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Mooreville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Francis D. Moran

Reggie Roby

Professional football. He was born in Waterloo (Iowa) on Sunday July 30, 1961 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Tueday February 22, 2005 at an age of 43. He was buried at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Waterloo [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Mooreville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reggie Roby

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Tama County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Tama County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Mooreville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mooreville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mooreville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.2455, Longitude: -92.3005     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mooreville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Mooreville to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 317.593 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.99 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.826 degrees.

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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 Mooreville 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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