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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Northwood 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 Northwood. 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 Northwood.

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

The Worth County sighting report from eBird.

Since Northwood is near Freeborn County and also Mitchell County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Freeborn 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Northwood.

How Far From Northwood 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 city such as Northwood to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 129 miles [207.6 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Northwood to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 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 895 miles [1,440.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 35 days and walking would take 51 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,300 miles [10,138.9 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 7,052 miles [11,349.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,953 miles [7,971.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Northwood ...

We have found 47 communities that share the name Northwood.

While the name Northwood is unique within Iowa, we know of another 47 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Alabama

Cullman County

Our profile page for Northwood, Cullman County   [Map]

Distance: About 722 miles [1,161.9 km] to the South Southeast.

Madison County

Our profile page for Northwood, Madison County   [Map]

Distance: About 690 miles [1,110.4 km] to the South Southeast.

Arkansas

Pope County

Our profile page for Northwood, Pope County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 541 miles [870.7 km] to the South.

California

Sonoma County

Our profile page for Northwood, Sonoma County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,581 miles [2,544.4 km] to the West.

Delaware

New Castle County

Our profile page for Northwood, New Castle County   [Map]

Distance: About 946 miles [1,522.4 km] to the East.

Florida

Alachua County

Our profile page for Northwood, Alachua County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,121 miles [1,804.1 km] to the Southeast.

Duval County

Our profile page for Northwood, Duval County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,099 miles [1,768.7 km] to the Southeast.

Palm Beach County

Our profile page for Northwood, Palm Beach County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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

Georgia

Bulloch County

Our profile page for Northwood, Bulloch County   [Map]

Distance: About 978 miles [1,573.9 km] to the Southeast.

Lowndes County

Our profile page for Northwood, Lowndes County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,023 miles [1,646.4 km] to the Southeast.

Indiana

Allen County

Our profile page for Northwood, Allen County

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

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

Elkhart County

Our profile page for Northwood, Elkhart County

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

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

Grant County

Our profile page for Northwood, Grant County

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

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

LaGrange County

Our profile page for Northwood, LaGrange County   [Map]

Distance: About 415 miles [667.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Marion County

Our profile page for Northwood, Marion County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 442 miles [711.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Putnam County

Our profile page for Northwood, Putnam County

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

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

Vigo County

Our profile page for Northwood, Vigo County

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

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

Maryland

Baltimore City

Our profile page for Northwood, Baltimore City

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

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

Charles County

Our profile page for Northwood, Charles County   [Map]

Distance: About 909 miles [1,462.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Wicomico County

Our profile page for Northwood, Wicomico County   [Map]

Distance: About 981 miles [1,578.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Michigan

Kalamazoo County

Our profile page for Northwood, Kalamazoo County   [Map]

Distance: About 393 miles [632.5 km] to the East.

Mississippi

Oktibbeha County

Our profile page for Northwood, Oktibbeha County   [Map]

Distance: About 728 miles [1,171.6 km] to the South Southeast.

New Hampshire

Rockingham County

Our profile page for Northwood, Rockingham County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,105 miles [1,778.3 km] to the East.

New Jersey

Camden County

Our profile page for Northwood, Camden County   [Map]

Distance: About 969 miles [1,559.5 km] to the East.

Sussex County

Our profile page for Northwood, Sussex County   [Map]

Distance: About 963 miles [1,549.8 km] to the East.

New York

Herkimer County

Our profile page for Northwood, Herkimer County   [Map]

Distance: About 908 miles [1,461.3 km] to the East.

North Carolina

Alamance County

Our profile page for Northwood, Alamance County   [Map]

Distance: About 889 miles [1,430.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Northwood, Cumberland County   [Map]

Distance: About 955 miles [1,536.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Northwood, Mecklenburg County   [Map]

Distance: About 866 miles [1,393.7 km] to the Southeast.

Orange County

Our profile page for Northwood, Orange County   [Map]

Distance: About 910 miles [1,464.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Union County

Our profile page for Northwood, Union County   [Map]

Distance: About 892 miles [1,435.5 km] to the Southeast.

North Dakota

Grand Forks County

Our profile page for Northwood, Grand Forks County   [Map]

Distance: About 363 miles [584.2 km] to the North Northwest.

Ohio

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Northwood, Lawrence County   [Map]

Distance: About 662 miles [1,065.4 km] to the East Southeast.

Logan County

Our profile page for Northwood, Logan County   [Map]

Distance: About 528 miles [849.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Mercer County

Our profile page for Northwood, Mercer County   [Map]

Distance: About 490 miles [788.6 km] to the East Southeast.

Stark County

Our profile page for Northwood, Stark County

This community is historic.

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

Wood County

Our profile page for Northwood, Wood County   [Map]

Distance: About 510 miles [820.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Ontario

Our profile page for Northwood   [Map]

Distance: About 567 miles [912.5 km] to the East.

Pennsylvania

Blair County

Our profile page for Northwood, Blair County   [Map]

Distance: About 790 miles [1,271.4 km] to the East.

Philadelphia County

Our profile page for Northwood, Philadelphia County   [Map]

Distance: About 961 miles [1,546.6 km] to the East.

South Carolina

Darlington County

Our profile page for Northwood, Darlington County   [Map]

Distance: About 939 miles [1,511.2 km] to the Southeast.

Greenville County

Our profile page for Northwood, Greenville County   [Map]

Distance: About 828 miles [1,332.5 km] to the Southeast.

Horry County

Our profile page for Northwood, Horry County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,022 miles [1,644.7 km] to the Southeast.

Orangeburg County

Our profile page for Northwood, Orangeburg County   [Map]

Distance: About 959 miles [1,543.4 km] to the Southeast.

Spartanburg County

Our profile page for Northwood, Spartanburg County   [Map]

Distance: About 832 miles [1,339 km] to the Southeast.

Utah

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Northwood, Salt Lake County   [Map]

Distance: About 974 miles [1,567.5 km] to the West.

Washington

Whatcom County

Our profile page for Northwood, Whatcom County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,436 miles [2,311 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Northwood ...

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.

Carpenter   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East of Northwood   [Map]

Deer Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Glenville (MN)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Gordonsville (MN)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

London (MN)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Silver Lake   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Somber   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [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 Northwood. 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 22 miles [35.4 km] to the south of Northwood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buddy Holly<9>

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 22 miles [35.4 km] to the south of Northwood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ritchie Valens

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Worth County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Northwood) 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 Northwood. 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 Northwood

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Northwood. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.4441, Longitude: -93.2166     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Northwood 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 Northwood 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 318.249 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.902 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.008 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 Northwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Northwood 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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<9>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: findagrave.com.

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