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Noel, Iowa

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The location of Noel

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Noel 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 Noel. 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 Noel.

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

The Scott County sighting report from eBird.

Since Noel is near Clinton County and also Rock Island County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Clinton County

Sighting report for Rock Island 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 Noel.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Noel once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Noel and extending to:

  • Davenport [Map], which is the Seat of Scott County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Noel to Davenport, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours 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 156 miles [251.1 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 739 miles [1,189.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 42 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,295 miles [10,130.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,039 miles [11,328.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,928 miles [7,930.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Noel ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Noel.

While the name Noel is unique within Iowa, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Iowa

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San Miguel County

Our profile page for Noel, San Miguel County   [Map]

Distance: About 949 miles [1,527.3 km] to the West.


Ascension Parish

Our profile page for Noel, Ascension Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 802 miles [1,290.7 km] to the South.


McDonald County

Our profile page for Noel, McDonald County   [Map]

Distance: About 415 miles [667.9 km] to the South Southwest.


Custer County

Our profile page for Noel, Custer County

This community is historic.

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

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Noel   [Map]

Distance: About 1,359 miles [2,187.1 km] to the East Northeast.


Woods County

Our profile page for Noel, Woods County   [Map]

Distance: About 553 miles [890 km] to the Southwest.


Cambria County

Our profile page for Noel, Cambria County   [Map]

Distance: About 626 miles [1,007.4 km] to the East.


Hanover County

Our profile page for Noel, Hanover County   [Map]

Distance: About 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Noel ...

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.

Big Rock   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West of Noel   [Map]

Grand Mound   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Great Oaks   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Green Acres   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Hickory Grove   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Long Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Maysville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Mount Joy   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

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

Wheatland   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [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 Noel. 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.

Felix Adler     (Born as Frank Bartlet Adler)

Circus clown. He was born in Clinton (Iowa) on Monday June 17, 1895 and died in New York (New York) on Monday February 1, 1960 at an age of 64. He was buried at Springdale Cemetery (Clinton County, Iowa) [Map].

Clinton [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Noel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Felix Adler<8>

Eddie Albert     (Born as Edward Albert Heimberger)

Actor, singer, activist. He was born in Rock Island (Illinois) on Sunday April 22, 1906 and died in Pacific Palisades (California) on Thursday May 26, 2005 at an age of 99.

Rock Island [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the south of Noel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie Albert

Bix Beiderbecke     (Born as Leon Bismark Beiderbecke)

Musician. He was born in Davenport (Iowa) on Tueday March 10, 1903 and died in Sunnyside (New York) on Thursday August 6, 1931 at an age of 28. He was buried at Oakdale Memorial Gardens (Scott County, Iowa) [Map].

Davenport [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the south of Noel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bix Beiderbecke

Vincent Hugo Bendix

Inventor, industrialist. He was born in Moline (Illinois) on Friday August 12, 1881 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday March 27, 1945 at an age of 63. He was buried at Graceland Cemetery (Macon County, Illinois) [Map].

Moline [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the south of Noel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Vincent Hugo Bendix

Ken Berry     (Kenneth Ronald Berry)

Actor, dancer, singer. He was born in Moline (Illinois) on Friday November 3, 1933 and died in Burbank (California) on Saturday December 1, 2018 at an age of 85.

Moline [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the south of Noel

John Deere

Inventor, industrialist. He was born in Rutland (Vermont) on Tueday February 7, 1804 and died in Moline (Illinois) on Monday May 17, 1886 at an age of 82. He was buried at Riverside Cemetery (Rock Island County, Illinois) [Map].

Moline [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the south of Noel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Deere

Jack Fleck

Professional golf. He was born in Bettendorf (Iowa) on Monday November 7, 1921 and died in Fort Smith (Arkansas) on Friday March 21, 2014 at an age of 92. He was buried at Ft. Smith National Cemetery (Sebastian County, Arkansas) [Map].

Bettendorf [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Noel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jack Fleck

Tim 'Kingfish' Moore     (Born as Harry Roscoe Moore)

Actor. He was born in Rock Island (Illinois) on Friday December 9, 1887 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday December 13, 1958 at an age of 71. He was buried at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery (California).

Rock Island [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the south of Noel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tim 'Kingfish' Moore

Eugene George 'Gene' Oliver

Major League Baseball. He was born in Moline (Illinois) on Friday March 22, 1935 and died in Rock Island (Illinois) on Saturday March 3, 2007 at an age of 72. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Rock Island County, Illinois) [Map].

Moline [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the south of Noel

Rock Island [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the south of Noel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eugene George 'Gene' Oliver

Lillian Russell     (Born as Helen Louise Leonard)

Actress, singer. She was born in Clinton (Iowa) on Tueday December 4, 1860 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Tueday June 6, 1922 at an age of 61. She was buried at Allegheny Cemetery (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Clinton [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Noel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lillian Russell

Octave Thanet

Author. She was born in Andover (Massachusetts) on Tueday March 19, 1850 and died in Davenport (Iowa) on Tueday January 9, 1934 at an age of 83. She was buried at Oakdale Memorial Gardens (Scott County, Iowa) [Map].

Davenport [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the south of Noel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Octave Thanet

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Scott County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Scott County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Noel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>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- Noel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Noel. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7506, Longitude: -90.5921     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Noel have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Noel to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 316.418 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.578 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.08 degrees.

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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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