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The location of Morgin Valley









Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Morgin Valley, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Morgin Valley and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Morgin Valley 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 Morgin Valley. 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 Morgin Valley.

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

The Marion County sighting report from eBird.

Since Morgin Valley is near Polk County and also Jasper County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Polk 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Morgin Valley.

How Far From Morgin Valley 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 Morgin Valley 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 Morgin Valley once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Morgin Valley and extending to:

  • Knoxville [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Morgin Valley to Knoxville, with an average speed<3> 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 18 miles [29 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). The buggy would take five to six hours and walking would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 874 miles [1,406.6 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 35 days and walking would take 50 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,403 miles [10,304.6 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 7,151 miles [11,508.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,045 miles [8,119.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Morgin Valley ...

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.

Beech   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South of Morgin Valley   [Map]

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

Greenbush   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Ivy   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pleasantville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Prairie City   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Prairiebell   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Sandyville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Swan   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Morgin Valley. 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.

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 18 miles [29 km] to the northwest of Morgin Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bill Daily<8>

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 18 miles [29 km] to the northwest of Morgin Valley

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 18 miles [29 km] to the northwest of Morgin Valley

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 18 miles [29 km] to the northwest of Morgin Valley

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 18 miles [29 km] to the northwest of Morgin Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry T. Robinson

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Marion County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 Morgin Valley, 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- Morgin Valley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Morgin Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.4900, Longitude: -93.2919     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Morgin Valley 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 Morgin Valley 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 318.256 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.65 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.513 degrees.

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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: findagrave.com.

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