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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Murphy 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 Murphy. 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 Murphy.

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

The Jasper County sighting report from eBird.

Since Murphy is near Poweshiek County and also Marion County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Poweshiek County

Sighting report for Marion 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 Murphy.

How Far From Murphy to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Murphy to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Newton [Map], which is the Seat of Jasper County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 33 miles [53.1 km] to the West (W). If you could walk a straight line from Murphy to Des Moines, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 859 miles [1,382.4 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 34 days and walking would take 49 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,383 miles [10,272.4 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 7,131 miles [11,476.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,025 miles [8,087 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Murphy ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Murphy.

Within Iowa, there is just one other community named Murphy. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 22 communities in the United States - with 23 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

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Alabama

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Murphy, Lauderdale County

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

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

Georgia

Colquitt County

Our profile page for Murphy, Colquitt County   [Map]

Distance: About 889 miles [1,430.7 km] to the Southeast.

Idaho

Owyhee County

Our profile page for Murphy, Owyhee County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,202 miles [1,934.4 km] to the West Northwest.

Indiana

Pike County

Our profile page for Murphy, Pike County

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

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

Kentucky

Anderson County

Our profile page for Murphy, Anderson County

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

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

Michigan

Baraga County

Our profile page for Murphy, Baraga County

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

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

Isabella County

Our profile page for Murphy, Isabella County

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

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

Mississippi

Washington County

Our profile page for Murphy, Washington County   [Map]

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

Yalobusha County

Our profile page for Murphy, Yalobusha County

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

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

Missouri

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Murphy, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 255 miles [410.4 km] to the South Southeast.

Nebraska

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Murphy, Hamilton County   [Map]

Distance: About 271 miles [436.1 km] to the West.

Nevada

Churchill County

Our profile page for Murphy, Churchill County

This community is historic.<8>

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

New Jersey

Camden County

Our profile page for Murphy, Camden County   [Map]

Distance: About 958 miles [1,541.8 km] to the East.

North Carolina

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Murphy, Cherokee County   [Map]

Distance: About 662 miles [1,065.4 km] to the Southeast.

Ohio

Washington County

Our profile page for Murphy, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 636 miles [1,023.5 km] to the East.

Oklahoma

Mayes County

Our profile page for Murphy, Mayes County   [Map]

Distance: About 399 miles [642.1 km] to the South Southwest.

Oregon

Josephine County

Our profile page for Murphy, Josephine County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,550 miles [2,494.5 km] to the West Northwest.

South Dakota

Pennington County

Our profile page for Murphy, Pennington County   [Map]

Distance: About 539 miles [867.4 km] to the West Northwest.

Texas

Collin County

Our profile page for Murphy, Collin County   [Map]

Distance: About 628 miles [1,010.7 km] to the South Southwest.

Virginia

Buchanan County

Our profile page for Murphy, Buchanan County   [Map]

Distance: About 655 miles [1,054.1 km] to the East Southeast.

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Murphy, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 734 miles [1,181.3 km] to the East Southeast.

West Virginia

Barbour County

Our profile page for Murphy, Barbour County   [Map]

Distance: About 697 miles [1,121.7 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Murphy ...

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.

Galesburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South of Murphy   [Map]

Green Castle   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Ira   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Jacobs   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Kellogg   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Killduff   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lambs Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Lynnville   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Prairie City   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Rushville   -   7 miles [11.3 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 Murphy. 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.

Adrian Constantine 'Cap' Anson

Major League Baseball. He was born in Marshalltown (Iowa) on Saturday April 17, 1852 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Friday April 14, 1922 at an age of 70. He was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Marshalltown [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Murphy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Adrian Constantine 'Cap' Anson<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Jasper County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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- Murphy) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Murphy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6583, Longitude: -92.9738     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Murphy 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 Murphy 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 318.042 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.427 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.312 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 Murphy 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 Murphy, 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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