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Nanito, Iowa

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The location of Nanito

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Nanito 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 Nanito. 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 Nanito.

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

The Adair County sighting report from eBird.

Since Nanito is near Madison County and also Dallas County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Madison County

Sighting report for Dallas 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 Nanito.

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

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

  • Greenfield [Map], which is the Seat of Adair County, lies just to the West.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 39 miles [62.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could walk a straight line from Nanito to Des Moines, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 924 miles [1,487 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 36 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,446 miles [10,373.8 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 7,196 miles [11,580.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,092 miles [8,194.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Nanito ...

While the name Nanito is unique within Iowa, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa

North Carolina

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Nanito, Rutherford County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 773 miles [1,244 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Nanito ...

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.

Barney   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southeast of Nanito   [Map]

Buffalo   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Casey   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Dale   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the North   [Map]

Greenfield   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Hebron   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Macksburg   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Old Peru   -   18 miles [29 km] to the East   [Map]

Prussia   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Quarry   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Redfield   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the North   [Map]

Tileville   -   18 miles [29 km] to the East   [Map]

Zion   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [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 Nanito. 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.

Harry Runkle Archer

Composer. He was born in Creston (Iowa) on Sunday February 21, 1886 and died in New York (New York) on Saturday April 23, 1960 at an age of 74. He was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Creston [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Nanito

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Runkle Archer<8>

Glen Luther Martin

Aviation pioneer. He was born in Macksburg (Iowa) on Sunday January 17, 1886 and died in Baltimore (Maryland) on Monday December 5, 1955 at an age of 69. He was buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Macksburg [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast of Nanito

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Glen Luther Martin

Arthur Charles 'Dazzy' Vance

Major League Baseball. He was born in Orient (Iowa) on Wednesday March 4, 1891 and died in Homosassa Springs (Florida) on Thursday February 16, 1961 at an age of 69. He was buried at Stage Stand Cemetery (Citrus County, Florida) [Map].

Orient [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the southwest of Nanito

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Arthur Charles 'Dazzy' Vance

John Wayne     (Born as Marion Morrison)

Oscar winning actor. He was born in Winterset (Iowa) on Sunday May 26, 1907 and died in Newport Beach (California) on Friday May 11, 1979 at an age of 72. He was buried at Pacific View Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Winterset [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of Nanito

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Wayne

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Adair County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Nanito. 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 from Point A (ie- Nanito) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nanito. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.3155, Longitude: -94.2897     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nanito 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 Nanito 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 318.94 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.414 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.064 degrees.

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<7>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 Nanito, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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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