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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Linn County sighting report from eBird.

Since Mount Vernon is near Johnson County and also Jones County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Johnson County

Sighting report for Jones 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 Vernon.

How Far From Mount Vernon to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs 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 Vernon 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 Vernon and extending to:

  • Cedar Rapids [Map], which is the Seat of Linn County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Mount Vernon to Cedar Rapids, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 115 miles [185.1 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 783 miles [1,260.1 km] to the East (E). 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 6,316 miles [10,164.6 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 7,062 miles [11,365.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,953 miles [7,971.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Mount Vernon ...

We have found 85 communities that share the name Mount Vernon.

While the name Mount Vernon is unique within Iowa, we know of another 84 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

In addition to the above occurrences of Mount Vernon, we know of another community located outside of the United States and Canada.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Communities outside of Iowa

Communities located internationally


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Alabama

Cullman County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Cullman County

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

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

DeKalb County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, DeKalb County   [Map]

Distance: About 609 miles [980.1 km] to the South Southeast.

Fayette County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Fayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 596 miles [959.2 km] to the South Southeast.

Lamar County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Lamar County

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

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

Mobile County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Mobile County   [Map]

Distance: About 771 miles [1,240.8 km] to the South Southeast.

Arkansas

Columbia County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Columbia County   [Map]

Distance: About 602 miles [968.8 km] to the South.

Faulkner County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Faulkner County   [Map]

Distance: About 464 miles [746.7 km] to the South.

Johnson County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Johnson County   [Map]

Distance: About 452 miles [727.4 km] to the South Southwest.

Saint Francis County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Saint Francis County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 477 miles [767.7 km] to the South.

California

Sierra County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Sierra County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,539 miles [2,476.8 km] to the West.

Sutter County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Sutter County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,594 miles [2,565.3 km] to the West.

Colorado

Arapahoe County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Arapahoe County

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

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

Georgia

Catoosa County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Catoosa County   [Map]

Distance: About 591 miles [951.1 km] to the Southeast.

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 829 miles [1,334.1 km] to the Southeast.

Muscogee County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Muscogee County   [Map]

Distance: About 745 miles [1,199 km] to the South Southeast.

Richmond County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Richmond County   [Map]

Distance: About 780 miles [1,255.3 km] to the Southeast.

Walton County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Walton County   [Map]

Distance: About 700 miles [1,126.5 km] to the Southeast.

Whitfield County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Whitfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 601 miles [967.2 km] to the Southeast.

Illinois

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 282 miles [453.8 km] to the South Southeast.

Kendall County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Kendall County

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

Indiana

Posey County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Posey County   [Map]

Distance: About 332 miles [534.3 km] to the Southeast.

Wabash County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Wabash County   [Map]

Distance: About 303 miles [487.6 km] to the East Southeast.

Kansas

Chautauqua County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Chautauqua County

This community is historic.

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

Cowley County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Cowley County

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

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

Douglas County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Douglas County

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

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

Elk County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Elk County

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

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

Franklin County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Franklin County

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

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

Kingman County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Kingman County   [Map]

Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the Southwest.

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Lincoln County

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

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

Kentucky

Fayette County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Fayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 454 miles [730.6 km] to the Southeast.

Lewis County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Lewis County

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

Rockcastle County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Rockcastle County   [Map]

Distance: About 491 miles [790.2 km] to the Southeast.

Maine

Kennebec County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Kennebec County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,090 miles [1,754.2 km] to the East Northeast.

Maryland

Baltimore City

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Baltimore City   [Map]

Distance: About 796 miles [1,281 km] to the East.

Somerset County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Somerset County   [Map]

Distance: About 861 miles [1,385.6 km] to the East Southeast.

Wicomico County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Wicomico County   [Map]

Distance: About 868 miles [1,396.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Michigan

Macomb County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Macomb County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 429 miles [690.4 km] to the East.

Minnesota

Winona County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Winona County

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

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

Mississippi

Lee County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Lee County   [Map]

Distance: About 543 miles [873.9 km] to the South Southeast.

Newton County

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

Distance: About 681 miles [1,096 km] to the South.

Missouri

Gentry County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Gentry County

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

Lafayette County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Lafayette County

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

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Lawrence County   [Map]

Distance: About 356 miles [572.9 km] to the South Southwest.

Moniteau County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Moniteau County

This community is historic.

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

Nebraska

Cheyenne County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Cheyenne County   [Map]

Distance: About 610 miles [981.7 km] to the West.

New Hampshire

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Hillsborough County

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

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

New Jersey

Warren County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Warren County   [Map]

Distance: About 849 miles [1,366.3 km] to the East.

New Mexico

Roosevelt County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Roosevelt County

This community is historic.

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

New York

Erie County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Erie County   [Map]

Distance: About 641 miles [1,031.6 km] to the East.

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Sullivan County   [Map]

Distance: About 870 miles [1,400.1 km] to the East.

Westchester County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Westchester County   [Map]

Distance: About 911 miles [1,466.1 km] to the East.

North Carolina

Rowan County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Rowan County   [Map]

Distance: About 716 miles [1,152.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Rutherford County   [Map]

Distance: About 681 miles [1,096 km] to the Southeast.

Wake County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Wake County   [Map]

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

Ohio

Knox County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Knox County   [Map]

Distance: About 476 miles [766 km] to the East.

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Lawrence County

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

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

Lucas County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Lucas County

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

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

Stark County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Stark County   [Map]

Distance: About 524 miles [843.3 km] to the East.

Ontario

Our profile page for Mount Vernon   [Map]

Distance: About 566 miles [910.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Oregon

Grant County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Grant County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,398 miles [2,249.9 km] to the West Northwest.

Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Allegheny County   [Map]

Distance: About 614 miles [988.1 km] to the East.

Chester County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Chester County   [Map]

Distance: About 816 miles [1,313.2 km] to the East.

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Lancaster County

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

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

Westmoreland County

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

Distance: About 612 miles [984.9 km] to the East.

Prince Edward Island

Our profile page for Mount Vernon   [Map]

Distance: About 1,444 miles [2,323.9 km] to the East Northeast.

South Carolina

Anderson County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Anderson County   [Map]

Distance: About 695 miles [1,118.5 km] to the Southeast.

South Dakota

Davison County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Davison County   [Map]

Distance: About 367 miles [590.6 km] to the West Northwest.

Tennessee

Blount County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Blount County   [Map]

Distance: About 576 miles [927 km] to the Southeast.

Bradley County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Bradley County   [Map]

Distance: About 587 miles [944.7 km] to the Southeast.

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Cumberland County   [Map]

Distance: About 549 miles [883.5 km] to the Southeast.

Monroe County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 588 miles [946.3 km] to the Southeast.

Putnam County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Putnam County   [Map]

Distance: About 507 miles [815.9 km] to the Southeast.

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Rutherford County   [Map]

Distance: About 499 miles [803.1 km] to the South Southeast.

Sumner County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Sumner County   [Map]

Distance: About 460 miles [740.3 km] to the Southeast.

Wilson County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Wilson County   [Map]

Distance: About 495 miles [796.6 km] to the Southeast.

Texas

Franklin County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 637 miles [1,025.2 km] to the South Southwest.

Houston County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Houston County   [Map]

Distance: About 753 miles [1,211.8 km] to the South Southwest.

Lamar County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Lamar County

This community is historic.

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

Washington County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Washington County

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

Virginia

Fairfax County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Fairfax County   [Map]

Distance: About 784 miles [1,261.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Washington

Skagit County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Skagit County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,558 miles [2,507.4 km] to the West Northwest.

West Virginia

Preston County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Preston County   [Map]

Distance: About 628 miles [1,010.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Putnam County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Putnam County

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

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

Wisconsin

Dane County

Our profile page for Mount Vernon, Dane County   [Map]

Distance: About 114 miles [183.5 km] to the Northeast.


Communities Located Internationally

Just a reminder: Our measurements are based on the Great Circle Route. See footnote <3>


Scotland   [Map]

Distance: About 3,801 miles [6,117.1 km] to the Northeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Mount Vernon ...

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.

Cedar Bluff   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast of Mount Vernon   [Map]

Cedar Rapids   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Lincolnway Village   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Lisbon   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]

Marion   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Mechanicsville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Morse   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Plato   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Stone City   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Swisher   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Twin View Heights   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [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 Vernon. 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.

Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak

Major League Baseball. He was born in Brooklyn (New York) on Friday April 28, 1916 and died in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Tueday July 25, 1967 at an age of 51. He was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Linn County, Iowa) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Mount Vernon

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak<9>

Paul Conrad

Political cartoonist. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Friday June 27, 1924 and died in Rancho Palos Verdes (California) on Saturday September 4, 2010 at an age of 86. He was buried at Green Hills Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Mount Vernon

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Conrad

Frank Conroy

Author. He was born in New York (New York) on Wednesday January 15, 1936 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday April 6, 2005 at an age of 69. He was buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Iowa City [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the south of Mount Vernon

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Conroy

Don DeFore     (Born as Donald John DeFore)

Actor. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Monday August 25, 1913 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Wednesday December 22, 1993 at an age of 80. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Mount Vernon

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don DeFore

Herbert Hoover

31st President of the US (1929 - 1933). He was born in West Branch (Iowa) on Monday August 10, 1874 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday October 20, 1964 at an age of 90.

West Branch [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Mount Vernon

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herbert Hoover

James Alfred Van Allen

Scientist, astrophysicist. He was born in Mount Pleasant (Iowa) on Monday September 7, 1914 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday August 9, 2006 at an age of 91. He was buried at Southampton Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Iowa City [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the south of Mount Vernon

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Alfred Van Allen

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Linn County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mount Vernon: www.cityofmtvernon.com/

The official website for Linn County: www.co.linn.ia.us/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mount Vernon) 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 Vernon. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Mount Vernon

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Vernon. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.9230, Longitude: -91.4244     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mount Vernon 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 Vernon 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 316.987 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.252 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.457 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 Vernon 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>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 Mount Vernon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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: findagrave.com.

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