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Nora Junction, Iowa
(Floyd County)

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The location of Nora Junction

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Nora Junction 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 Nora Junction. 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 Nora Junction.

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

The Floyd County sighting report from eBird.

Since Nora Junction is near Cerro Gordo County and also Mitchell County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Cerro Gordo County

Sighting report for Mitchell 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 Nora Junction.

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

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

  • Charles City [Map], which is the Seat of Floyd County, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Nora Junction to Charles City, 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 five to six hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 110 miles [177 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 880 miles [1,416.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). 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 6,309 miles [10,153.4 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 7,060 miles [11,362 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,959 miles [7,980.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Nora Junction ...

Within Iowa, there is just one other community named Nora Junction.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Nora Junction ...

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.

Cartersville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South of Nora Junction   [Map]

Dixie   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Freeman   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Mason City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Mason City Junction   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Plymouth   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Rock Falls   -   5 miles [8 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 Nora Junction. 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.

Buddy Holly     (Charles Hardin Holley)

Musician. He was born in Lubbock (Texas) on Monday September 7, 1936 and died in Clear Lake (Iowa) on Tueday February 3, 1959 at an age of 22. He was buried at City of Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock County, Texas) [Map].

Clear Lake [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Nora Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buddy Holly<7>

Ritchie Valens     (Born as Richard Steven Valenzuela)

Musician. He was born in Pacoima (California) on Tueday May 13, 1941 and died in Clear Lake (Iowa) on Tueday February 3, 1959 at an age of 17. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Clear Lake [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Nora Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ritchie Valens

Robert James Waller

Author. He was born in Rockford (Iowa) on Tueday August 1, 1939 and died in Fredericksburg (Texas) on Friday March 10, 2017 at an age of 77.

Rockford [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast of Nora Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert James Waller

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Floyd County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Floyd County:

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- Nora Junction) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nora Junction. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1400, Longitude: -93.0163     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nora Junction 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 Nora Junction 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 318.105 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.696 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.978 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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