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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Moran 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 Moran. 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 Moran.

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

The Dallas County sighting report from eBird.

Since Moran is near Boone County and also Polk County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Boone County

Sighting report for Polk 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Moran.

How Far From Moran to ...

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

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

  • Adel [Map], which is the Seat of Dallas County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Moran to Adel, 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 21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southeast (SE). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 908 miles [1,461.3 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 36 days and walking would take 52 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,407 miles [10,311.1 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 7,157 miles [11,518.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,054 miles [8,133.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Moran ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Moran.

While the name Moran is unique within Iowa, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Arkansas

Mississippi County

Our profile page for Moran, Mississippi County   [Map]

Distance: About 469 miles [754.8 km] to the South Southeast.

British Columbia

Our profile page for Moran   [Map]

Distance: About 1,460 miles [2,349.6 km] to the Northwest.

California

Lassen County

Our profile page for Moran, Lassen County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 1,373 miles [2,209.6 km] to the West.

Sierra County

Our profile page for Moran, Sierra County

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

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

Georgia

Crawford County

Our profile page for Moran, Crawford County   [Map]

Distance: About 825 miles [1,327.7 km] to the Southeast.

Indiana

Clinton County

Our profile page for Moran, Clinton County   [Map]

Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Kansas

Allen County

Our profile page for Moran, Allen County   [Map]

Distance: About 277 miles [445.8 km] to the South Southwest.

Louisiana

Plaquemines Parish

Our profile page for Moran, Plaquemines Parish

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

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

Michigan

Mackinac County

Our profile page for Moran, Mackinac County   [Map]

Distance: About 535 miles [861 km] to the Northeast.

Schoolcraft County

Our profile page for Moran, 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.

Ohio

Portage County

Our profile page for Moran, Portage County   [Map]

Distance: About 647 miles [1,041.2 km] to the East.

Texas

Shackelford County

Our profile page for Moran, Shackelford County   [Map]

Distance: About 701 miles [1,128.2 km] to the South Southwest.

Virginia

Prince Edward County

Our profile page for Moran, Prince Edward County   [Map]

Distance: About 889 miles [1,430.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Washington

Spokane County

Our profile page for Moran, Spokane County

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

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

Wyoming

Laramie County

Our profile page for Moran, Laramie County

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

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

Teton County

Our profile page for Moran, Teton County   [Map]

Distance: About 850 miles [1,367.9 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Moran ...

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.

Beaver   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northwest of Moran   [Map]

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

Coal Valley   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

DeSoto   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the South   [Map]

Elkhart   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the East   [Map]

Jordan   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Kennedy   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Luther   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Madrid   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Panther   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Perry Yard   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Valley Junction   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast   [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 Moran. 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.

Charles Edward 'Buster' Brown

Major League Baseball. He was born in Boone (Iowa) on Wednesday August 31, 1881 and died in Sioux City (Iowa) on Monday February 9, 1914 at an age of 32. He was buried at Onawa Cemetery (Monona County, Iowa) [Map].

Boone [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the north of Moran

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Edward 'Buster' Brown<9>

Bill Daily     (William Edward Daily, Jr.)

Actor, comedian. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Tueday August 30, 1927 and died in Santa Fe (New Mexico) on Tueday September 4, 2018 at an age of 91.

Des Moines [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Moran

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bill Daily

Mamie Eisenhower

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 - 1961). She was born in Boone (Iowa) on Saturday November 14, 1896 and died in Washington, DC [Map] on Thursday November 1, 1979 at an age of 83.

Boone [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the north of Moran

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mamie Eisenhower

Frank Jenks

Actor, musician. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Tueday November 4, 1902 and died in Hollywood (California) on Sunday May 13, 1962 at an age of 59. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Moran

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Jenks

Ruth Kobart

Actress. She was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Thursday April 24, 1924 and died in San Francisco (California) on Saturday December 14, 2002 at an age of 78. She was buried at Temple Israel Memorial Park (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Moran

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ruth Kobart

Hermas Walter 'Herm' McFarland

Professional baseball. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Friday March 11, 1870 and died in Richmond (Virginia) on Saturday September 21, 1935 at an age of 65. He was buried at Riverview Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Moran

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hermas Walter 'Herm' McFarland

Harry T. Robinson

Actor. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Saturday June 1, 1872 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday September 8, 1946 at an age of 74. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Moran

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry T. Robinson

Billy Sunday

Major League Baseball. He was born in Ames (Iowa) on Wednesday November 19, 1862 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Wednesday November 6, 1935 at an age of 73. He was buried at Forest Home Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Ames [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast of Moran

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Sunday

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Dallas County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dallas County: www.co.dallas.ia.us/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Moran) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moran. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.8108, Longitude: -93.9077     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Moran 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 Moran 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 318.693 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.194 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.757 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 Moran, 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Moran 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: findagrave.com.

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