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New Albin, Iowa

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The location of New Albin

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for New Albin 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 New Albin. 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 New Albin.

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

The Allamakee County sighting report from eBird.

Since New Albin is near Houston County and also Vernon County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Houston County

Sighting report for Vernon 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 New Albin.

How Far From New Albin to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as New Albin to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Waukon [Map], which is the Seat of Allamakee County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from New Albin to Waukon, 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 five to six hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 176 miles [283.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 804 miles [1,293.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 46 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,232 miles [10,029.4 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 6,981 miles [11,234.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,877 miles [7,848.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near New Albin ...

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.

Church   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South of New Albin   [Map]

De Soto (WI)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Freeburg (MN)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Purdy (WI)   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Red Mound (WI)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Retreat (WI)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Romance (WI)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Victory (WI)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Village Creek   -   13 miles [20.9 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 New Albin. 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.

Edward 'Big Ed' Konetchy

Major League Baseball. He was born in La Crosse (Wisconsin) on Thursday September 3, 1885 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Tueday May 27, 1947 at an age of 61. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

La Crosse [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of New Albin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edward 'Big Ed' Konetchy<7>

Nancy Parsons

Actress. She was born in Saint Paul (Minnesota) on Saturday January 17, 1942 and died in La Crosse (Wisconsin) on Friday January 5, 2001 at an age of 59. She was buried at Viroqua Cemetery (Vernon County, Wisconsin) [Map].

La Crosse [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of New Albin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nancy Parsons

Ford Sterling

Actor. He was born in La Crosse (Wisconsin) on Friday November 3, 1882 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday October 13, 1939 at an age of 56. He was buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

La Crosse [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of New Albin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ford Sterling

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Allamakee County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Allamakee County:

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- New Albin) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for New Albin. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from New Albin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in New Albin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.4971, Longitude: -91.2884     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for New Albin 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 New Albin 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 316.91 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.379 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.978 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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