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North Washington, Iowa

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The location of North Washington

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Chickasaw County sighting report from eBird.

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

Sighting report for Howard County

Sighting report for Floyd 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 Washington.

How Far From North Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington and extending to:

  • New Hampton [Map], which is the Seat of Chickasaw County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 121 miles [194.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from North Washington to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 851 miles [1,369.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 49 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,290 miles [10,122.8 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 7,040 miles [11,329.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,938 miles [7,946.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named North Washington ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name North Washington.

While the name North Washington is unique within Iowa, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Adams County

Our profile page for North Washington, Adams County   [Map]

Distance: About 688 miles [1,107.2 km] to the West Southwest.


Hardin County

Our profile page for North Washington, Hardin County

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

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


Butler County

Our profile page for North Washington, Butler County   [Map]

Distance: About 660 miles [1,062.2 km] to the East.

Westmoreland County

Our profile page for North Washington, Westmoreland County   [Map]

Distance: About 682 miles [1,097.6 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near North Washington ...

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.

Charles City   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West of North Washington   [Map]

Chickasaw   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Doubleday   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Floyd   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Fredericksburg   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Howardville   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Little Turkey   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Maple Leaf   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Republic   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [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 Washington. 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.

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of North Washington

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert James Waller<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Iowa

About Chickasaw County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chickasaw County:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Washington. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1173, Longitude: -92.4154     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for North Washington 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 Washington 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 317.687 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.215 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.668 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Washington 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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