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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Motor 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 Motor. 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 Motor.

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

The Clayton County sighting report from eBird.

Since Motor is near Delaware County and also Grant County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Delaware County

Sighting report for Grant 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 Motor.

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

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

  • Elkader [Map], which is the Seat of Clayton County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 142 miles [228.5 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Motor to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three 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 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 793 miles [1,276.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 45 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,269 miles [10,089 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 7,017 miles [11,292.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,911 miles [7,903.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Motor ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Motor.

Within Iowa, there is just one other community named Motor. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 1 communities in the United States - with 2 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Iowa

Communities outside of Iowa


Communities Outside of Iowa

Kansas

Rooks County

Our profile page for Motor, Rooks County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Motor ...

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.

Dundee   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest of Motor   [Map]

Dutchtown   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Elkport   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Forestville   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Glen Haven (WI)   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Highland   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Holy Cross   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Littleport   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Maryville   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Strawberry Point   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Turkey River   -   17 miles [27.4 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 Motor. 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.

Clifford Donald Simak

Author. He was born in Millville (Wisconsin) on Wednesday August 3, 1904 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Monday April 25, 1988 at an age of 83. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Millville [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of Motor

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clifford Donald Simak<8>

Frank H. Wheeler

Auto racing pioneer. He was born in Manchester (Iowa) on Saturday October 24, 1863 and died in Indianapolis (Indiana) on Friday May 27, 1921 at an age of 57. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery (Marion County, Indiana) [Map].

Manchester [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the south of Motor

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank H. Wheeler

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Clayton County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Clayton County: www.claytoncountyiowa.net/

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 from Point A (ie- Motor) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Motor. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.8069, Longitude: -91.3512     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Motor 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 Motor 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 316.949 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.329 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.193 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 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 Motor 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: findagrave.com.

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