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The location of Muscatine









Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Muscatine, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Muscatine and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Muscatine 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 Muscatine. 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 Muscatine.

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

The Muscatine County sighting report from eBird.

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

Sighting report for Rock Island County

Sighting report for Mercer 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 Muscatine.

How Far From Muscatine 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 city such as Muscatine to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 132 miles [212.4 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Muscatine 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 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 759 miles [1,221.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 44 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,329 miles [10,185.5 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 7,073 miles [11,382.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,962 miles [7,985.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Muscatine ...

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.

Buffalo Prairie (IL)   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast of Muscatine   [Map]

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

Fruitland   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Illinois City (IL)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Moscow   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

New Era   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Petersville (IL)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Pine Mills (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Pleasant Prairie   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Sweetland Center   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [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 Muscatine. 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.

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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Muscatine

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie Albert<7>

Vernon G. 'Tony' Baker

Professional football. He was born in Burlington (Iowa) on Friday February 16, 1945 and died in Mediapolis (Iowa) on Sunday August 9, 1998 at an age of 53. He was buried at Aspen Grove Cemetery (Des Moines County, Iowa) [Map].

Burlington [Map] is located 42 miles [67.6 km] to the south of Muscatine

Mediapolis [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Muscatine

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Vernon G. 'Tony' Baker

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the east of Muscatine

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Muscatine

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Muscatine

Lawrence 'Larry' Conley

Musician. He was born in Keithsburg (Illinois) on Friday November 29, 1895 and died in Copiague (New York) on Monday February 29, 1960 (which is Leap Day) at an age of 64. He was buried at Long Island National Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Keithsburg [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the south of Muscatine

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lawrence 'Larry' Conley

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest of Muscatine

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Conroy

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Muscatine

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Deere

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 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest of Muscatine

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herbert Hoover

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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Muscatine

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

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the east of Muscatine

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Octave Thanet

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].

Mount Pleasant [Map] is located 39 miles [62.8 km] to the southwest of Muscatine

Iowa City [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest of Muscatine

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Alfred Van Allen

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Muscatine County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Muscatine: www.ci.muscatine.ia.us/

The official website for Muscatine County: www.co.muscatine.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- Muscatine) 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 Muscatine. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Muscatine

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Muscatine. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.4166, Longitude: -91.0710     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Muscatine 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 Muscatine 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 316.737 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.897 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.405 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: findagrave.com.

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