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Mortimer, Iowa

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The location of Mortimer

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Mortimer 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 Mortimer. 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 Mortimer.

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

The Ringgold County sighting report from eBird.

Since Mortimer is near Union County and also Taylor County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Union County

Sighting report for Taylor 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 Mortimer.

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

  • Mount Ayr [Map], which is the Seat of Ringgold County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Mortimer to Mount Ayr, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 61 miles [98.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 924 miles [1,487 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 36 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,470 miles [10,412.5 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 7,218 miles [11,616.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,113 miles [8,228.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Mortimer ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Mortimer.

While the name Mortimer is unique within Iowa, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Costilla County

Our profile page for Mortimer, Costilla County   [Map]

Distance: About 634 miles [1,020.3 km] to the West Southwest.


Forsyth County

Our profile page for Mortimer, Forsyth County

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

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


Edgar County

Our profile page for Mortimer, Edgar County   [Map]

Distance: About 354 miles [569.7 km] to the East.


Labette County

Our profile page for Mortimer, Labette County

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

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


Logan County

Our profile page for Mortimer, Logan County

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

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

New Brunswick

Our profile page for Mortimer   [Map]

Distance: About 1,492 miles [2,401.1 km] to the East Northeast.

New York

Monroe County

Our profile page for Mortimer, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 867 miles [1,395.3 km] to the East Northeast.

North Carolina

Caldwell County

Our profile page for Mortimer, Caldwell County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 757 miles [1,218.3 km] to the East Southeast.


Hancock County

Our profile page for Mortimer, Hancock County   [Map]

Distance: About 555 miles [893.2 km] to the East.


McMinn County

Our profile page for Mortimer, McMinn County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Mortimer ...

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.

Diagonal   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South of Mortimer   [Map]

Grand River   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the East   [Map]

Hopeville   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Kent   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Marshall (Historic)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Merle Junction   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Tingley   -   6 miles [9.7 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 Mortimer. 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.

Harry Runkle Archer

Composer. He was born in Creston (Iowa) on Sunday February 21, 1886 and died in New York (New York) on Saturday April 23, 1960 at an age of 74. He was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Creston [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Mortimer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Runkle Archer<9>

Glen Luther Martin

Aviation pioneer. He was born in Macksburg (Iowa) on Sunday January 17, 1886 and died in Baltimore (Maryland) on Monday December 5, 1955 at an age of 69. He was buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Macksburg [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Mortimer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Glen Luther Martin

Arthur Charles 'Dazzy' Vance

Major League Baseball. He was born in Orient (Iowa) on Wednesday March 4, 1891 and died in Homosassa Springs (Florida) on Thursday February 16, 1961 at an age of 69. He was buried at Stage Stand Cemetery (Citrus County, Florida) [Map].

Orient [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of Mortimer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Arthur Charles 'Dazzy' Vance

Clarence Everett 'Yam' Yaryan

Major League Baseball. He was born in Knowlton (Iowa) on Saturday November 5, 1892 and died in Birmingham (Alabama) on Monday November 16, 1964 at an age of 72. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Jefferson County, Alabama) [Map].

Knowlton [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the south of Mortimer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clarence Everett 'Yam' Yaryan

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Ringgold County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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 Mortimer, 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mortimer) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mortimer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.8844, Longitude: -94.3197     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mortimer 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 Mortimer 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 318.943 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.361 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.171 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 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 Mortimer 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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