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North Liberty, Iowa

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The location of North Liberty

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Johnson County sighting report from eBird.

Since North Liberty is near Linn County and also Iowa County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Linn County

Sighting report for Iowa 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 Liberty.

How Far From North Liberty to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs 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 Liberty 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 Liberty and extending to:

  • Iowa City [Map], which is the Seat of Johnson County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 103 miles [165.8 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from North Liberty to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 4 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 791 miles [1,273 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 45 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,332 miles [10,190.4 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 7,077 miles [11,389.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,968 miles [7,995.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named North Liberty ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name North Liberty.

While the name North Liberty is unique within Iowa, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Saint Joseph County

Our profile page for North Liberty, Saint Joseph County   [Map]

Distance: About 267 miles [429.7 km] to the East.


Crawford County

Our profile page for North Liberty, Crawford County

This community is historic.<7>

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

Franklin County

Our profile page for North Liberty, Franklin County

This community is historic.

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

Knox County

Our profile page for North Liberty, Knox County   [Map]

Distance: About 485 miles [780.5 km] to the East.

Union County

Our profile page for North Liberty, Union County

This community is historic.

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


Mercer County

Our profile page for North Liberty, Mercer County   [Map]

Distance: About 597 miles [960.8 km] to the East.


McMinn County

Our profile page for North Liberty, McMinn County   [Map]

Distance: About 572 miles [920.5 km] to the Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near North Liberty ...

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.

Coralville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South of North Liberty   [Map]

Graham (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Green Castle (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Iowa City   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Morse   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Swisher   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Twin View Heights   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

University Heights   -   6 miles [9.7 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 Liberty. 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 (Iowa) 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].

North English [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of North Liberty

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mace Stanley Brown<8>

Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak

Major League Baseball. He was born in Brooklyn (New York) on Friday April 28, 1916 and died in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Tueday July 25, 1967 at an age of 51. He was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Linn County, Iowa) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the north of North Liberty

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak

Paul Conrad

Political cartoonist. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Friday June 27, 1924 and died in Rancho Palos Verdes (California) on Saturday September 4, 2010 at an age of 86. He was buried at Green Hills Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the north of North Liberty

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Conrad

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 7 miles [11.3 km] to the southeast of North Liberty

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Conroy

Don DeFore     (Born as Donald John DeFore)

Actor. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Monday August 25, 1913 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Wednesday December 22, 1993 at an age of 80. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the north of North Liberty

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don DeFore

Herbert Hoover

31st President of the US (1929 - 1933). He was born in West Branch (Iowa) on Monday August 10, 1874 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday October 20, 1964 at an age of 90.

West Branch [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of North Liberty

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herbert Hoover

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].

Iowa City [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the southeast of North Liberty

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Alfred Van Allen

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Johnson County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Johnson 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- North Liberty) 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 Liberty. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from North Liberty

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Liberty. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7440, Longitude: -91.6147     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for North Liberty 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 Liberty 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 317.113 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.373 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.599 degrees.

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<7>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 North Liberty, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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