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Nahant, Iowa

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The location of Nahant

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Nahant 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 Nahant. 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 Nahant.

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

Sighting report for Rock Island County

Sighting report for Muscatine 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 Nahant.

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

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

  • Davenport [Map], which is the Seat of Scott County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 154 miles [247.8 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Nahant 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 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 738 miles [1,187.7 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 6,310 miles [10,155 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 7,053 miles [11,350.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,941 miles [7,951.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Nahant ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Nahant.

While the name Nahant is unique within Iowa, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Essex County

Our profile page for Nahant, Essex County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,012 miles [1,628.7 km] to the East.

South Dakota

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Nahant, Lawrence County   [Map]

Distance: About 688 miles [1,107.2 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Nahant ...

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   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North of Nahant   [Map]

Blue Grass   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Buffalo   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Chapel Hill (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]

Fruitland (IL)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Ginger Hill (IL)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Green Acres   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Jamestown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Little Groves   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Oak Grove (IL)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rock Island (IL)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Walnut Grove   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Nahant. 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 3 miles [4.8 km] to the east of Nahant

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

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 5 miles [8 km] to the north of Nahant

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 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Nahant

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 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Nahant

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 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Nahant

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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northeast of Nahant

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 3 miles [4.8 km] to the east of Nahant

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 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Nahant

Rock Island [Map] is located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the east of Nahant

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

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 5 miles [8 km] to the north of Nahant

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Octave Thanet

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Scott County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Scott County:

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- Nahant) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nahant. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.4875, Longitude: -90.6379     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nahant 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 Nahant 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 316.445 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.573 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.17 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:

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