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The location of Neptune









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Neptune 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 Neptune. 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 Neptune.

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

The Plymouth County sighting report from eBird.

Since Neptune is near Woodbury County and also Dakota County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Woodbury County

Sighting report for Dakota 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 Neptune.

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

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

  • Le Mars [Map], which is the Seat of Plymouth County, lies just to the North.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 149 miles [239.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Neptune 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 1,030 miles [1,657.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 59 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,437 miles [10,359.3 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 7,192 miles [11,574.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,100 miles [8,207.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Neptune ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Neptune.

While the name Neptune is unique within Iowa, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Louisiana

Plaquemines Parish

Our profile page for Neptune, Plaquemines Parish

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

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

Ohio

Mercer County

Our profile page for Neptune, Mercer County   [Map]

Distance: About 618 miles [994.6 km] to the East.

Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Neptune   [Map]

Distance: About 597 miles [960.8 km] to the Northwest.

South Dakota

Kingsbury County

Our profile page for Neptune, Kingsbury County

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

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

Tennessee

Cheatham County

Our profile page for Neptune, Cheatham County   [Map]

Distance: About 645 miles [1,038 km] to the Southeast.

West Virginia

Jackson County

Our profile page for Neptune, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 789 miles [1,269.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Wisconsin

Richland County

Our profile page for Neptune, Richland County   [Map]

Distance: About 301 miles [484.4 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Neptune ...

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.

Craig   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northwest of Neptune   [Map]

Evergreen Village   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Holiday Village   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

James   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Merrill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Plymouth (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Ruble   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Union Center   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Yeomans   -   14 miles [22.5 km] 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 Neptune. 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.

Charles Edward 'Buster' Brown

Major League Baseball. He was born in Boone (Iowa) on Wednesday August 31, 1881 and died in Sioux City (Iowa) on Monday February 9, 1914 at an age of 32. He was buried at Onawa Cemetery (Monona County, Iowa) [Map].

Sioux City [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest of Neptune

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Edward 'Buster' Brown<8>

Peggy Gilbert

Musician. She was born in Sioux City (Iowa) on Tueday January 17, 1905 and died in Burbank (California) on Monday February 12, 2007 at an age of 102. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Sioux City [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest of Neptune

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Peggy Gilbert

Jerry Mathers     (Born as Gerald Patrick Mathers)

Actor, singer. He was born in Sioux City (Iowa) on Wednesday June 2, 1948

Sioux City [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest of Neptune

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Plymouth County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Plymouth County: www.co.plymouth.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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Neptune) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Neptune. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.6636, Longitude: -96.1561     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Neptune 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 Neptune 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 320.30 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.151 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.751 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Neptune 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>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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