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New Providence, Iowa

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The location of New Providence

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Hardin County sighting report from eBird.

Since New Providence is near Marshall County and also Story County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Marshall County

Sighting report for Story 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 Providence.

How Far From New Providence to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs 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 Providence 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 Providence and extending to:

  • Eldora [Map], which is the Seat of Hardin County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 52 miles [83.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from New Providence to Des Moines, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 876 miles [1,409.8 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of two days, a buggy would take 35 days and walking would take 50 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,358 miles [10,232.2 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 7,108 miles [11,439.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,004 miles [8,053.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named New Providence ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name New Providence.

While the name New Providence is unique within Iowa, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Crenshaw County

Our profile page for New Providence, Crenshaw County

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

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

Tallapoosa County

Our profile page for New Providence, Tallapoosa County   [Map]

Distance: About 749 miles [1,205.4 km] to the South Southeast.


Wilkinson County

Our profile page for New Providence, Wilkinson County

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

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


Greene County

Our profile page for New Providence, Greene County

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

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


Clark County

Our profile page for New Providence, Clark County   [Map]

Distance: About 463 miles [745.1 km] to the East Southeast.


Calloway County

Our profile page for New Providence, Calloway County   [Map]

Distance: About 476 miles [766 km] to the Southeast.

Clark County

Our profile page for New Providence, Clark County   [Map]

Distance: About 569 miles [915.7 km] to the East Southeast.


Newton County

Our profile page for New Providence, Newton County   [Map]

Distance: About 723 miles [1,163.6 km] to the South Southeast.

New Jersey

Union County

Our profile page for New Providence, Union County

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

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

North Carolina

Currituck County

Our profile page for New Providence, Currituck County   [Map]

Distance: About 995 miles [1,601.3 km] to the East Southeast.


Lancaster County

Our profile page for New Providence, Lancaster County   [Map]

Distance: About 896 miles [1,442 km] to the East.


Loudon County

Our profile page for New Providence, Loudon County   [Map]

Distance: About 651 miles [1,047.7 km] to the Southeast.

Montgomery County

Our profile page for New Providence, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 501 miles [806.3 km] to the Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near New Providence ...

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.

Berlin   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North of New Providence   [Map]

Eagle City   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Garden City   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Hughs   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Illinois Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Lawn Hill   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

Minerva   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Steamboat Rock   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Union   -   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 Providence. 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.

Adrian Constantine 'Cap' Anson

Major League Baseball. He was born in Marshalltown (Iowa) on Saturday April 17, 1852 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Friday April 14, 1922 at an age of 70. He was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Marshalltown [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of New Providence

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Adrian Constantine 'Cap' Anson<8>

Billy Sunday

Major League Baseball. He was born in Ames (Iowa) on Wednesday November 19, 1862 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Wednesday November 6, 1935 at an age of 73. He was buried at Forest Home Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Ames [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of New Providence

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Sunday

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Hardin County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for New Providence. 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- New Providence) 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 Providence. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from New Providence

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in New Providence. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.2813, Longitude: -93.1719     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for New Providence 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 Providence 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 318.196 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.686 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.268 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 Providence 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:

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