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Mystic, Iowa

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Mystic 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 Mystic. 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 Mystic.

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

The Appanoose County sighting report from eBird.

Since Mystic is near Wayne County and also Monroe County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Wayne County

Sighting report for Monroe 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 Mystic.

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

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

  • Centerville [Map], which is the Seat of Appanoose County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 66 miles [106.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Mystic 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 852 miles [1,371.2 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full 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 6,427 miles [10,343.3 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 7,173 miles [11,543.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,064 miles [8,149.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Mystic ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Mystic.

While the name Mystic is unique within Iowa, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Nevada County

Our profile page for Mystic, Nevada County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,427 miles [2,296.5 km] to the West.


Routt County

Our profile page for Mystic, Routt County   [Map]

Distance: About 735 miles [1,182.9 km] to the West.


New London County

Our profile page for Mystic, New London County   [Map]

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


Irwin County

Our profile page for Mystic, Irwin County   [Map]

Distance: About 827 miles [1,330.9 km] to the Southeast.


Sheridan County

Our profile page for Mystic, Sheridan County

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

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


Breckinridge County

Our profile page for Mystic, Breckinridge County   [Map]

Distance: About 400 miles [643.7 km] to the East Southeast.


Beauregard Parish

Our profile page for Mystic, Beauregard Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 705 miles [1,134.6 km] to the South.

Calcasieu Parish

Our profile page for Mystic, Calcasieu Parish

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

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


Middlesex County

Our profile page for Mystic, Middlesex County

This community is historic.<8>

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


Sullivan County

Our profile page for Mystic, Sullivan County   [Map]

Distance: About 43 miles [69.2 km] to the South.


Erie County

Our profile page for Mystic, Erie County

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

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


Our profile page for Mystic   [Map]

Distance: About 1,049 miles [1,688.2 km] to the East Northeast.

South Dakota

Pennington County

Our profile page for Mystic, Pennington County   [Map]

Distance: About 590 miles [949.5 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Mystic ...

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.

Brazil   -   Less than 2 miles to the South of Mystic   [Map]

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

Diamond   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Jerome   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Maine   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Martinstown   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Sunshine   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Thirty   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Walnut City   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Appanoose County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mystic) 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 Mystic. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Mystic

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mystic. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7792, Longitude: -92.9446     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mystic 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 Mystic 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 317.994 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.255 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.498 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 Mystic 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 Mystic, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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