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Morley, Iowa

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The location of Morley

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Morley 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 Morley. 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 Morley.

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

The Jones County sighting report from eBird.

Since Morley is near Cedar County and also Linn County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Cedar County

Sighting report for Linn 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 Morley.

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

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

  • Anamosa [Map], which is the Seat of Jones County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 125 miles [201.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Morley to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 775 miles [1,247.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 44 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,306 miles [10,148.5 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 7,051 miles [11,347.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,942 miles [7,953.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Morley ...

We have found 11 communities that share the name Morley.

While the name Morley is unique within Iowa, we know of another 11 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Our profile page for Morley   [Map]

Distance: About 1,278 miles [2,056.7 km] to the Northwest.


Shasta County

Our profile page for Morley, Shasta County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 1,606 miles [2,584.6 km] to the West.


Las Animas County

Our profile page for Morley, Las Animas County   [Map]

Distance: About 784 miles [1,261.7 km] to the West Southwest.


West Baton Rouge Parish

Our profile page for Morley, West Baton Rouge Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 802 miles [1,290.7 km] to the South.


Mecosta County

Our profile page for Morley, Mecosta County   [Map]

Distance: About 311 miles [500.5 km] to the East Northeast.


Scott County

Our profile page for Morley, Scott County   [Map]

Distance: About 353 miles [568.1 km] to the South Southeast.

New York

Saint Lawrence County

Our profile page for Morley, Saint Lawrence County   [Map]

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


Our profile page for Morley   [Map]

Distance: About 558 miles [898 km] to the East Northeast.


Campbell County

Our profile page for Morley, Campbell County   [Map]

Distance: About 537 miles [864.2 km] to the Southeast.

West Virginia

Braxton County

Our profile page for Morley, Braxton County

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

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


Langlade County

Our profile page for Morley, Langlade County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Morley ...

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.

Amber   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North of Morley   [Map]

Center Junction   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Edinburg   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Mechanicsville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Scotch Grove   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Stone City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Wyoming   -   12 miles [19.3 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 Morley. 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.

Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak

Major League Baseball. He was born in Brooklyn (New York) on Friday April 28, 1916 and died in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Tueday July 25, 1967 at an age of 51. He was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Linn County, Iowa) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the west of Morley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak<9>

Paul Conrad

Political cartoonist. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Friday June 27, 1924 and died in Rancho Palos Verdes (California) on Saturday September 4, 2010 at an age of 86. He was buried at Green Hills Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the west of Morley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Conrad

Frank Conroy

Author. He was born in New York (New York) on Wednesday January 15, 1936 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday April 6, 2005 at an age of 69. He was buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Iowa City [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of Morley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Conroy

Don DeFore     (Born as Donald John DeFore)

Actor. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Monday August 25, 1913 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Wednesday December 22, 1993 at an age of 80. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the west of Morley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don DeFore

Herbert Hoover

31st President of the US (1929 - 1933). He was born in West Branch (Iowa) on Monday August 10, 1874 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday October 20, 1964 at an age of 90.

West Branch [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the south of Morley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herbert Hoover

James Alfred Van Allen

Scientist, astrophysicist. He was born in Mount Pleasant (Iowa) on Monday September 7, 1914 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday August 9, 2006 at an age of 91. He was buried at Southampton Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Iowa City [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of Morley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Alfred Van Allen

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Jones County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jones County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 from Point A (ie- Morley) 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 Morley. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Morley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Morley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0063, Longitude: -91.2463     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Morley 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 Morley 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 316.867 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.126 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.346 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 Morley, 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 Morley 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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