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Newbern, Iowa

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Newbern 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 Newbern. 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 Newbern.

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

The Marion County sighting report from eBird.

Since Newbern is near Warren County and also Lucas County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Warren County

Sighting report for Lucas 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 Newbern.

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

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

  • Knoxville [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Newbern to Knoxville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 33 miles [53.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just over a day and walking would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 873 miles [1,405 km] to the East (E). Driving 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 6,421 miles [10,333.6 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 7,168 miles [11,535.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,061 miles [8,144.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Newbern ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Newbern.

While the name Newbern is unique within Iowa, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Hale County

Our profile page for Newbern, Hale County   [Map]

Distance: About 671 miles [1,079.9 km] to the South Southeast.


Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Newbern, Hillsborough County

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

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


Jersey County

Our profile page for Newbern, Jersey County   [Map]

Distance: About 216 miles [347.6 km] to the Southeast.


Bartholomew County

Our profile page for Newbern, Bartholomew County   [Map]

Distance: About 420 miles [675.9 km] to the East Southeast.


Dickinson County

Our profile page for Newbern, Dickinson County

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

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


Livingston County

Our profile page for Newbern, Livingston County   [Map]

Distance: About 388 miles [624.4 km] to the Southeast.


Shelby County

Our profile page for Newbern, Shelby County   [Map]

Distance: About 478 miles [769.3 km] to the East.


Dyer County

Our profile page for Newbern, Dyer County   [Map]

Distance: About 410 miles [659.8 km] to the South Southeast.


Pulaski County

Our profile page for Newbern, Pulaski County   [Map]

Distance: About 731 miles [1,176.4 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Newbern ...

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.

Beech   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North of Newbern   [Map]

Cloud   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Cool   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Indiana   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Jay   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Liberty Center   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Lucas   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Pleasantville   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Purdy   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Sandyville   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Zero   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Newbern. 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Newbern) 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 Newbern. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Newbern

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Newbern. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1608, Longitude: -93.3109     [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 Newbern 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 318.258 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.609 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.598 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Newbern 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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