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The location of New Boston









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Lee County sighting report from eBird.

Since New Boston is near Hancock County and also Clark County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Hancock County

Sighting report for Clark 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 New Boston.

How Far From New Boston 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 community such as New Boston 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 Boston and extending to:

  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 131 miles [210.8 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could drive a straight line from New Boston 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 8 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 775 miles [1,247.2 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 44 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,388 miles [10,280.5 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 7,130 miles [11,474.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,017 miles [8,074.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named New Boston ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name New Boston.

While the name New Boston is unique within Iowa, we know of another 23 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Connecticut

Windham County

Our profile page for New Boston, Windham County

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

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

Illinois

Mercer County

Our profile page for New Boston, Mercer County   [Map]

Distance: About 49 miles [78.9 km] to the North Northeast.

Indiana

Harrison County

Our profile page for New Boston, Harrison County   [Map]

Distance: About 342 miles [550.4 km] to the East Southeast.

Spencer County

Our profile page for New Boston, Spencer County   [Map]

Distance: About 304 miles [489.2 km] to the Southeast.

Kansas

Douglas County

Our profile page for New Boston, Douglas County

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

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

Maine

Oxford County

Our profile page for New Boston, Oxford County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,071 miles [1,723.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Massachusetts

Barnstable County

Our profile page for New Boston, Barnstable County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,107 miles [1,781.5 km] to the East.

Berkshire County

Our profile page for New Boston, Berkshire County   [Map]

Distance: About 959 miles [1,543.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Worcester County

Our profile page for New Boston, Worcester County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,015 miles [1,633.5 km] to the East Northeast.

Michigan

Wayne County

Our profile page for New Boston, Wayne County   [Map]

Distance: About 434 miles [698.5 km] to the East Northeast.

Missouri

Linn County

Our profile page for New Boston, Linn County   [Map]

Distance: About 82 miles [132 km] to the West Southwest.

Nevada

Esmeralda County

Our profile page for New Boston, Esmeralda County

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

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

Mineral County

Our profile page for New Boston, Mineral County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 1,421 miles [2,286.9 km] to the West.

New Hampshire

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for New Boston, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,031 miles [1,659.2 km] to the East Northeast.

New York

Cortland County

Our profile page for New Boston, Cortland County   [Map]

Distance: About 815 miles [1,311.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Lewis County

Our profile page for New Boston, Lewis County   [Map]

Distance: About 835 miles [1,343.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for New Boston   [Map]

Distance: About 1,613 miles [2,595.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Ohio

Scioto County

Our profile page for New Boston, Scioto County   [Map]

Distance: About 472 miles [759.6 km] to the East Southeast.

Pennsylvania

Schuylkill County

Our profile page for New Boston, Schuylkill County   [Map]

Distance: About 803 miles [1,292.3 km] to the East.

Tennessee

Henry County

Our profile page for New Boston, Henry County   [Map]

Distance: About 335 miles [539.1 km] to the South Southeast.

Texas

Bowie County

Our profile page for New Boston, Bowie County   [Map]

Distance: About 515 miles [828.8 km] to the South Southwest.

Vermont

Rutland County

Our profile page for New Boston, Rutland County

This community is historic.

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

Windsor County

Our profile page for New Boston, Windsor County   [Map]

Distance: About 982 miles [1,580.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near New Boston ...

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.

Argyle   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest of New Boston   [Map]

Bricker   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]

Denmark   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Franklin   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Peaksville (MO)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Pilot Grove   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Plymouth   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Sugar Creek (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Summitville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [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 Boston. 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.

Vernon G. 'Tony' Baker

Professional football. He was born in Burlington (Iowa) on Friday February 16, 1945 and died in Mediapolis (Iowa) on Sunday August 9, 1998 at an age of 53. He was buried at Aspen Grove Cemetery (Des Moines County, Iowa) [Map].

Burlington [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of New Boston

Mediapolis [Map] is located 35 miles [56.3 km] to the northeast of New Boston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Vernon G. 'Tony' Baker<9>

Virginia Cherrill

Actress. She was born in Carthage (Illinois) on Sunday April 12, 1908 and died in Santa Barbara (California) on Thursday November 14, 1996 at an age of 88. She was buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California) [Map].

Carthage [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of New Boston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Virginia Cherrill

William C. Frawley

Actor. He was born in Burlington (Iowa) on Saturday February 26, 1887 and died in Hollywood (California) on Thursday March 3, 1966 at an age of 79. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Burlington [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of New Boston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William C. Frawley

Raymond McKee

Actor. He was born in Keokuk (Iowa) on Wednesday December 7, 1892 and died in Long Beach (California) on Wednesday October 3, 1984 at an age of 91. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Keokuk [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast of New Boston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Raymond McKee

George Thomas 'Firebrand' Stovall

Major League Baseball. He was born in Leeds (Missouri) on Friday November 23, 1877 and died in Burlington (Iowa) on Monday November 5, 1951 at an age of 74. He was buried at Aspen Grove Cemetery (Des Moines County, Iowa) [Map].

Burlington [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of New Boston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George Thomas 'Firebrand' Stovall

James Alfred Van Allen

Scientist, astrophysicist. He was born in Mount Pleasant (Iowa) on Monday September 7, 1914 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday August 9, 2006 at an age of 91. He was buried at Southampton Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Mount Pleasant [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of New Boston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Alfred Van Allen

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Lee County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Lee County: www.leecounty.org/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- New Boston) 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 Boston. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from New Boston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in New Boston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.5606, Longitude: -91.5054     [Map].

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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 Boston 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 317.009 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.094 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.83 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 New Boston 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>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 New Boston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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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