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North English, Iowa

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The location of North English

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for North English 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 English. 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 English.

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

The Iowa County sighting report from eBird.

Since North English is near Keokuk County and also Washington County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Keokuk County

Sighting report for Washington 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 English.

How Far From North English 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 English 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 English and extending to:

  • Marengo [Map], which is the Seat of Iowa County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from North English to Marengo, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 79 miles [127.1 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 812 miles [1,306.8 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 47 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,360 miles [10,235.4 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 7,106 miles [11,436 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,997 miles [8,041.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near North English ...

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.

Amish   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East of North English   [Map]

Aurora   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Coal Creek   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Deep River   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Green Center   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Guernsey   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Harper   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Jamestown   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Marysville (Historic)   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Vulcan (Historic)   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

What Cheer   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest   [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 English. 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.

Mace Stanley Brown

Major League Baseball. He was born in North English on Friday May 21, 1909 and died in Greensboro (North Carolina) on Sunday March 24, 2002 at an age of 92. He was buried at Westminster Gardens Cemetery (Guilford County, North Carolina) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mace Stanley Brown<7>

Frank Conroy

Author. He was born in New York (New York) on Wednesday January 15, 1936 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday April 6, 2005 at an age of 69. He was buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Iowa City [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of North English

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Conroy

Francis D. Moran

Professional football. He was born in Belle Plaine (Iowa) on Wednesday July 31, 1901 and died in New Milford (Connecticut) on Friday December 30, 1994 at an age of 93.

Belle Plaine [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of North English

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Francis D. Moran

James Alfred Van Allen

Scientist, astrophysicist. He was born in Mount Pleasant (Iowa) on Monday September 7, 1914 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday August 9, 2006 at an age of 91. He was buried at Southampton Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Mount Pleasant [Map] is located 46 miles [74 km] to the southeast of North English

Iowa City [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of North English

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Alfred Van Allen

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Iowa

About Iowa County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for North English:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or 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- North English) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for North English. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from North English

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North English. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5151, Longitude: -92.0765     [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 North English 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 317.423 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.697 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.889 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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