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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Scott County sighting report from eBird.

Since Mount Joy is near Rock Island County and also Clinton County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Rock Island County

Sighting report for Clinton 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 Mount Joy.

How Far From Mount Joy 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 Joy 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 Joy and extending to:

  • Davenport [Map], which is the Seat of Scott County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 157 miles [252.7 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Mount Joy 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 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 736 miles [1,184.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 42 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,301 miles [10,140.5 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 7,045 miles [11,337.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,933 miles [7,938.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Mount Joy ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Mount Joy.

While the name Mount Joy 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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Delaware

Sussex County

Our profile page for Mount Joy, Sussex County   [Map]

Distance: About 830 miles [1,335.8 km] to the East.

New Jersey

Hunterdon County

Our profile page for Mount Joy, Hunterdon County   [Map]

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

Ohio

Scioto County

Our profile page for Mount Joy, Scioto County   [Map]

Distance: About 430 miles [692 km] to the East Southeast.

Ontario

Our profile page for Mount Joy

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

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

Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

Our profile page for Mount Joy, Clearfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 629 miles [1,012.3 km] to the East.

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Mount Joy, Lancaster County   [Map]

Distance: About 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the East.

Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Mount Joy, Westmoreland County   [Map]

Distance: About 585 miles [941.5 km] to the East.

South Carolina

Union County

Our profile page for Mount Joy, Union County

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

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

Tennessee

Maury County

Our profile page for Mount Joy, Maury County   [Map]

Distance: About 456 miles [733.9 km] to the South Southeast.

Texas

Delta County

Our profile page for Mount Joy, Delta County   [Map]

Distance: About 626 miles [1,007.4 km] to the South Southwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Mount Joy ...

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.

Black Hawk   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest of Mount Joy   [Map]

Chapel Hill (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Great Oaks   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Green Acres   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hickory Grove   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Little Groves   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Long Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Maysville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Panorama Park   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rock Island (IL)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [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 Joy. 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.

Felix Adler     (Born as Frank Bartlet Adler)

Circus clown. He was born in Clinton (Iowa) on Monday June 17, 1895 and died in New York (New York) on Monday February 1, 1960 at an age of 64. He was buried at Springdale Cemetery (Clinton County, Iowa) [Map].

Clinton [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast of Mount Joy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Felix Adler<8>

Eddie Albert     (Born as Edward Albert Heimberger)

Actor, singer, activist. He was born in Rock Island (Illinois) on Sunday April 22, 1906 and died in Pacific Palisades (California) on Thursday May 26, 2005 at an age of 99.

Rock Island [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the south of Mount Joy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie Albert

Bix Beiderbecke     (Born as Leon Bismark Beiderbecke)

Musician. He was born in Davenport (Iowa) on Tueday March 10, 1903 and died in Sunnyside (New York) on Thursday August 6, 1931 at an age of 28. He was buried at Oakdale Memorial Gardens (Scott County, Iowa) [Map].

Davenport [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest of Mount Joy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bix Beiderbecke

Vincent Hugo Bendix

Inventor, industrialist. He was born in Moline (Illinois) on Friday August 12, 1881 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday March 27, 1945 at an age of 63. He was buried at Graceland Cemetery (Macon County, Illinois) [Map].

Moline [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the south of Mount Joy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Vincent Hugo Bendix

Ken Berry     (Kenneth Ronald Berry)

Actor, dancer, singer. He was born in Moline (Illinois) on Friday November 3, 1933 and died in Burbank (California) on Saturday December 1, 2018 at an age of 85.

Moline [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the south of Mount Joy

John Deere

Inventor, industrialist. He was born in Rutland (Vermont) on Tueday February 7, 1804 and died in Moline (Illinois) on Monday May 17, 1886 at an age of 82. He was buried at Riverside Cemetery (Rock Island County, Illinois) [Map].

Moline [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the south of Mount Joy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Deere

Jack Fleck

Professional golf. He was born in Bettendorf (Iowa) on Monday November 7, 1921 and died in Fort Smith (Arkansas) on Friday March 21, 2014 at an age of 92. He was buried at Ft. Smith National Cemetery (Sebastian County, Arkansas) [Map].

Bettendorf [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southeast of Mount Joy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jack Fleck

Tim 'Kingfish' Moore     (Born as Harry Roscoe Moore)

Actor. He was born in Rock Island (Illinois) on Friday December 9, 1887 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday December 13, 1958 at an age of 71. He was buried at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery (California).

Rock Island [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the south of Mount Joy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tim 'Kingfish' Moore

Eugene George 'Gene' Oliver

Major League Baseball. He was born in Moline (Illinois) on Friday March 22, 1935 and died in Rock Island (Illinois) on Saturday March 3, 2007 at an age of 72. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Rock Island County, Illinois) [Map].

Moline [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the south of Mount Joy

Rock Island [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the south of Mount Joy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eugene George 'Gene' Oliver

Lillian Russell     (Born as Helen Louise Leonard)

Actress, singer. She was born in Clinton (Iowa) on Tueday December 4, 1860 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Tueday June 6, 1922 at an age of 61. She was buried at Allegheny Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Clinton [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast of Mount Joy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lillian Russell

Octave Thanet

Author. She was born in Andover (Massachusetts) on Tueday March 19, 1850 and died in Davenport (Iowa) on Tueday January 9, 1934 at an age of 83. She was buried at Oakdale Memorial Gardens (Scott County, Iowa) [Map].

Davenport [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest of Mount Joy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Octave Thanet

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Iowa

About Scott County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Scott County: www.scottcountyiowa.com/

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mount Joy) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Joy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6150, Longitude: -90.5657     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Joy 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 Joy 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 316.398 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.537 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.101 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 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 Mount Joy 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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