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North Buena Vista, Iowa

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The location of North Buena Vista

Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for North Buena Vista.

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 North Buena Vista, we use the following websites to find information relevant to North Buena Vista and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for North Buena Vista 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 North Buena Vista. 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 North Buena Vista.

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

The Clayton County sighting report from eBird.

Since North Buena Vista is near Grant County and also Dubuque County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Grant County

Sighting report for Dubuque 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 North Buena Vista.

How Far From North Buena Vista to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as North Buena Vista to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Elkader [Map], which is the Seat of Clayton County, lies 25 miles [40.2 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from North Buena Vista to Elkader, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 155 miles [249.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). 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 772 miles [1,242.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). 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 6,262 miles [10,077.7 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 7,008 miles [11,278.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,901 miles [7,887.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named North Buena Vista ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name North Buena Vista.

While the name North Buena Vista is unique within Iowa, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Allegheny County

Our profile page for North Buena Vista, Allegheny County

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

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


Duval County

Our profile page for North Buena Vista, Duval County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,109 miles [1,784.8 km] to the South Southwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near North Buena Vista ...

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.

Balltown   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast of North Buena Vista   [Map]

Beetown (WI)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Budd   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Cottage Hill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Diamond Grove (WI)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Five Points   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Flora Fountain (WI)   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Glen Haven (WI)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Holy Cross   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Hurricane (WI)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Turkey River   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Twin Springs   -   12 miles [19.3 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 North Buena Vista. 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.

Richard Bissell

Author. He was born in Dubuque (Iowa) on Friday June 27, 1913 and died in Dubuque (Iowa) on Wednesday May 4, 1977 at an age of 63. He was buried at Linwood Cemetery (Dubuque County, Iowa) [Map].

Dubuque [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast of North Buena Vista

Dubuque [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast of North Buena Vista

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Richard Bissell<8>

Dick Hoerner     (Born as Lester Junior Hoerner)

Professional football. He was born in Dubuque (Iowa) on Tueday July 25, 1922 and died in Fullerton (California) on Saturday December 11, 2010 at an age of 88. He was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Dubuque [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast of North Buena Vista

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dick Hoerner

Marian Hurd McNeely

Author. She was born in Dubuque (Iowa) on Thursday July 26, 1877 and died in Dubuque (Iowa) on Thursday December 18, 1930 at an age of 53. She was buried at Linwood Cemetery (Dubuque County, Iowa) [Map].

Dubuque [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast of North Buena Vista

Dubuque [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast of North Buena Vista

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marian Hurd McNeely

Clifford Donald Simak

Author. He was born in Millville (Wisconsin) on Wednesday August 3, 1904 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Monday April 25, 1988 at an age of 83. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Millville [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of North Buena Vista

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clifford Donald Simak

Frank H. Wheeler

Auto racing pioneer. He was born in Manchester (Iowa) on Saturday October 24, 1863 and died in Indianapolis (Indiana) on Friday May 27, 1921 at an age of 57. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery (Marion County, Indiana) [Map].

Manchester [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of North Buena Vista

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank H. Wheeler

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Iowa

About Clayton County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Clayton 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- North Buena Vista) 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 North Buena Vista. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from North Buena Vista

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Buena Vista. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.6803, Longitude: -90.9573     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for North Buena Vista 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 North Buena Vista 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 316.677 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.002 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.023 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 North Buena Vista 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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