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Norwalk, Iowa

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The location of Norwalk

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Norwalk 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 Norwalk. 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 Norwalk.

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

The Warren County sighting report from eBird.

Since Norwalk is near Polk County and also Madison County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Polk County

Sighting report for Madison 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 Norwalk.

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

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

  • Indianola [Map], which is the Seat of Warren County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Norwalk to Indianola, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies just to the North Northeast (NNE).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 894 miles [1,438.8 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, 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 6,416 miles [10,325.6 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 7,165 miles [11,530.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,060 miles [8,143.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Norwalk ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Norwalk.

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

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Norwalk, Los Angeles County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,426 miles [2,294.9 km] to the West Southwest.


Fairfield County

Our profile page for Norwalk, Fairfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,049 miles [1,688.2 km] to the East.


Putnam County

Our profile page for Norwalk, Putnam County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,068 miles [1,718.8 km] to the Southeast.


Manistee County

Our profile page for Norwalk, Manistee County   [Map]

Distance: About 428 miles [688.8 km] to the East Northeast.


Stone County

Our profile page for Norwalk, Stone County   [Map]

Distance: About 335 miles [539.1 km] to the South.


Huron County

Our profile page for Norwalk, Huron County   [Map]

Distance: About 573 miles [922.2 km] to the East.


Monroe County

Our profile page for Norwalk, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 224 miles [360.5 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Norwalk ...

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.

Carbondale   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast of Norwalk   [Map]

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

Commerce   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Greenbush   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Pleasant Hill   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Rider   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Rising Sun   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Scotch Ridge   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Summerset   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Summerset Junction (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Valley Junction   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Wick   -   10 miles [16.1 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 Norwalk. 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.

Bill Daily     (William Edward Daily, Jr.)

Actor, comedian. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Tueday August 30, 1927 and died in Santa Fe (New Mexico) on Tueday September 4, 2018 at an age of 91.

Des Moines [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Norwalk

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bill Daily<7>

Frank Jenks

Actor, musician. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Tueday November 4, 1902 and died in Hollywood (California) on Sunday May 13, 1962 at an age of 59. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Norwalk

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Jenks

Ruth Kobart

Actress. She was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Thursday April 24, 1924 and died in San Francisco (California) on Saturday December 14, 2002 at an age of 78. She was buried at Temple Israel Memorial Park (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Norwalk

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ruth Kobart

Hermas Walter 'Herm' McFarland

Professional baseball. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Friday March 11, 1870 and died in Richmond (Virginia) on Saturday September 21, 1935 at an age of 65. He was buried at Riverview Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Norwalk

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hermas Walter 'Herm' McFarland

Harry T. Robinson

Actor. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Saturday June 1, 1872 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday September 8, 1946 at an age of 74. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Norwalk

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry T. Robinson

John Wayne     (Born as Marion Morrison)

Oscar winning actor. He was born in Winterset (Iowa) on Sunday May 26, 1907 and died in Newport Beach (California) on Friday May 11, 1979 at an age of 72. He was buried at Pacific View Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Winterset [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Norwalk

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Wayne

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Warren County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Norwalk:

The official website for Warren County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Norwalk) 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 Norwalk. 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 Norwalk

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Norwalk. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.4895, Longitude: -93.6834     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Norwalk 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 Norwalk 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 318.527 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.961 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.714 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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