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Mount Ayr, Iowa

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Mount Ayr 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 Mount Ayr. 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 Mount Ayr.

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 Mount Ayr is near Union County and also Decatur County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Union County

Sighting report for Decatur 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 Mount Ayr.

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

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

  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 68 miles [109.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Mount Ayr to Des Moines, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 919 miles [1,479 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 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,476 miles [10,422.1 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 7,224 miles [11,625.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,118 miles [8,236.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Mount Ayr ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Mount Ayr.

While the name Mount Ayr is unique within Iowa, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Newton County

Our profile page for Mount Ayr, Newton County   [Map]

Distance: About 362 miles [582.6 km] to the East.


Osborne County

Our profile page for Mount Ayr, Osborne County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Mount Ayr ...

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   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest of Mount Ayr   [Map]

Eagleville (MO)   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Grand River   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Hopeville   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Kent   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Lee (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Marshall (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Merle Junction   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the West   [Map]

Prohibition City (MO)   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Tingley   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [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 Mount Ayr. 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Mount Ayr

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Runkle Archer<8>

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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of Mount Ayr

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Ringgold County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Iowa:

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- Mount Ayr) 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 Mount Ayr. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Mount Ayr

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Ayr. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7142, Longitude: -94.2380     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Ayr 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 Mount Ayr 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 318.88 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.266 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.166 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Mount Ayr 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:

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