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Mount Etna, Iowa

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The location of Mount Etna

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Adams County sighting report from eBird.

Since Mount Etna is near Cass County and also Adair County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Cass County

Sighting report for Adair 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 Etna.

How Far From Mount Etna 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 Mount Etna 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 Etna and extending to:

  • Corning [Map], which is the Seat of Adams County, lies just to the South.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 66 miles [106.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could walk a straight line from Mount Etna 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 946 miles [1,522.4 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 37 days and walking would take 54 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,472 miles [10,415.7 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 7,221 miles [11,621.1 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 Etna ...

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

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

Communities Outside of Iowa


Huntington County

Our profile page for Mount Etna, Huntington County   [Map]

Distance: About 479 miles [770.9 km] to the East.


Blair County

Our profile page for Mount Etna, Blair County   [Map]

Distance: About 865 miles [1,392.1 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Mount Etna ...

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.

Carbon   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest of Mount Etna   [Map]

Carl   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Corning   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Dewey   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Dickieville   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lincoln Center   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Queen City (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Strand   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [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 Etna. 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 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Mount Etna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Runkle Archer<7>

Neville Brand

Actor. He was born in Griswold (Iowa) on Friday August 13, 1920 and died in Sacramento (California) on Thursday April 16, 1992 at an age of 71. He was buried at East Lawn Memorial Park (Sacramento County, California) [Map].

Griswold [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the west of Mount Etna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Neville Brand

Raymond Hatton

Actor. He was born in Red Oak (Iowa) on Thursday July 7, 1887 and died in Palmdale (California) on Thursday October 21, 1971 at an age of 84. He was buried at Joshua Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Red Oak [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Mount Etna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Raymond Hatton

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Mount Etna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Glen Luther Martin

Edwin Elijah Perkins

Inventor. He was born in Lewis (Iowa) on Tueday January 8, 1889 and died in Rochester (Minnesota) on Monday July 3, 1961 at an age of 72. He was buried at Parkview Cemetery (Adams County, Nebraska) [Map].

Lewis [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest of Mount Etna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edwin Elijah Perkins

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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Mount Etna

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

Nellie Verne Walker

Artist. She was born in Red Oak (Iowa) on Tueday December 8, 1874 and died in Colorado Springs (Colorado) on Tueday July 10, 1973 at an age of 98. She was buried at Oakland Cemetery (Appanoose County, Iowa) [Map].

Red Oak [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Mount Etna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nellie Verne Walker

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Mount Etna

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Adams County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Adams County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mount Etna) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Mount Etna. 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 Etna

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Etna. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1205, Longitude: -94.7353     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Etna 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 Etna 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 319.241 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.735 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.334 degrees.

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<7>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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