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Navan, Iowa

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The location of Navan

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Navan 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 Navan. 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 Navan.

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

The Winneshiek County sighting report from eBird.

Since Navan is near Chickasaw County and also Fayette County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Chickasaw County

Sighting report for Fayette 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 Navan.

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

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

  • Decorah [Map], which is the Seat of Winneshiek County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Navan to Decorah, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 130 miles [209.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 833 miles [1,340.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 33 days and walking would take 48 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,279 miles [10,105.1 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 7,028 miles [11,310.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,925 miles [7,926 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Navan ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Navan.

While the name Navan is unique within Iowa, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Genesee County

Our profile page for Navan, Genesee County

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

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


Our profile page for Navan

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

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


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Navan, Jefferson County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Navan ...

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.

Alpha   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South of Navan   [Map]

Eldorado   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Frederika   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hawkeye   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Little Turkey   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Republic   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Spillville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Spring Fountain   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the South   [Map]

Twin Springs   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Winneshiek County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Navan. 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Navan) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Navan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.0978, Longitude: -92.0627     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Navan 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 Navan 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 317.442 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.932 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.488 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Navan 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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