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New Albion, Iowa

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Butler County sighting report from eBird.

Since New Albion is near Grundy County and also Black Hawk County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Grundy County

Sighting report for Black Hawk 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 Albion.

How Far From New Albion 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 New Albion 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 Albion and extending to:

  • Allison [Map], which is the Seat of Butler County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 85 miles [136.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from New Albion to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 859 miles [1,382.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 49 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,325 miles [10,179.1 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 7,074 miles [11,384.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,971 miles [8,000 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named New Albion ...

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

Communities Outside of Iowa

New York

Cattaraugus County

Our profile page for New Albion, Cattaraugus County   [Map]

Distance: About 704 miles [1,133 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near New Albion ...

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.

Clarksville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North of New Albion   [Map]

Dairyville   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

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

Fern   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Finchford   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Pilot Rock   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Shell Rock   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Stout   -   8 miles [12.9 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 Albion. 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.

Lou Hoover

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Herbert Hoover (1929 - 1933). She was born in Waterloo (Iowa) on Sunday March 29, 1874 and died in New York (New York) on Friday January 7, 1944 at an age of 69.

Waterloo [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of New Albion

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lou Hoover<7>

Reggie Roby

Professional football. He was born in Waterloo (Iowa) on Sunday July 30, 1961 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Tueday February 22, 2005 at an age of 43. He was buried at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Waterloo [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of New Albion

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reggie Roby

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Butler County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Butler 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- New Albion) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in New Albion. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.6428, Longitude: -92.7316     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for New Albion 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 Albion 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 317.898 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.393 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.952 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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