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Moorland, Iowa

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The location of Moorland

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Moorland 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 Moorland. 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 Moorland.

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

The Webster County sighting report from eBird.

Since Moorland is near Calhoun County and also Humboldt County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Calhoun County

Sighting report for Humboldt 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 Moorland.

How Far From Moorland to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Moorland to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Fort Dodge [Map], which is the Seat of Webster County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 67 miles [107.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could walk a straight line from Moorland to Des Moines, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 934 miles [1,503.1 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of two days, a buggy would take 37 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,388 miles [10,280.5 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 7,139 miles [11,489.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,040 miles [8,111.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Moorland ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Moorland.

While the name Moorland is unique within Iowa, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Moorland, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 540 miles [869 km] to the East Southeast.


Rapides Parish

Our profile page for Moorland, Rapides Parish

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

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


Harford County

Our profile page for Moorland, Harford County   [Map]

Distance: About 956 miles [1,538.5 km] to the East.


Muskegon County

Our profile page for Moorland, Muskegon County   [Map]

Distance: About 423 miles [680.8 km] to the East.


Wayne County

Our profile page for Moorland, Wayne County

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

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


King County

Our profile page for Moorland, King County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,400 miles [2,253.1 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Moorland ...

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.

Badger   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast of Moorland   [Map]

Brushy   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Clare   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

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

Judd   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Lena   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Palm Grove   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Piper   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Richard   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Shady Oak   -   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 Moorland. 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.

Frank Gotch

Professional wrestler. He was born in Humboldt (Iowa) on Friday April 27, 1877 and died in Humboldt (Iowa) on Sunday December 16, 1917 at an age of 40.

Humboldt [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Moorland

Humboldt [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Moorland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Gotch<8>

Thomas Orlo Heggen

Author, playwright. He was born in Fort Dodge (Iowa) on Tueday December 23, 1919 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday May 19, 1949 at an age of 29. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Fort Dodge [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast of Moorland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Orlo Heggen

Harry Reasoner

Journalist. He was born in Dakota City (Iowa) on Tueday April 17, 1923 and died in Norwalk (Connecticut) on Tueday August 6, 1991 at an age of 68.

Dakota City [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Moorland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Reasoner

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Iowa

About Webster County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Webster 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- Moorland) 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 Moorland. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Moorland

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moorland. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4414, Longitude: -94.2944     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Moorland 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 Moorland 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 318.981 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.608 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.816 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Moorland 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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