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Nuel, Iowa

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The location of Nuel

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Nuel 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 Nuel. 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 Nuel.

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

The Wright County sighting report from eBird.

Since Nuel is near Webster County and also Humboldt County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Webster County

Sighting report for Humboldt 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 Nuel.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Nuel once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Nuel and extending to:

  • Clarion [Map], which is the Seat of Wright County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Nuel to Clarion, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 73 miles [117.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). 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 920 miles [1,480.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 36 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,367 miles [10,246.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,119 miles [11,456.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,019 miles [8,077.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Nuel ...

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.

Badger   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West of Nuel   [Map]

Eagle Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Florence   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Goldfield   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Highview   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Jones Siding   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Judd   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Thor   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Woolstock   -   7 miles [11.3 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 Nuel. 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.

Frank Gotch

Professional wrestler. He was born in Humboldt (Iowa) on Friday April 27, 1877 and died in Humboldt (Iowa) on Sunday December 16, 1917 at an age of 40.

Humboldt [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest of Nuel

Humboldt [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest of Nuel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Gotch<8>

Thomas Orlo Heggen

Author, playwright. He was born in Fort Dodge (Iowa) on Tueday December 23, 1919 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday May 19, 1949 at an age of 29. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Fort Dodge [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest of Nuel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Orlo Heggen

Harry Reasoner

Journalist. He was born in Dakota City (Iowa) on Tueday April 17, 1923 and died in Norwalk (Connecticut) on Tueday August 6, 1991 at an age of 68.

Dakota City [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest of Nuel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Reasoner

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Iowa

About Wright County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Wright County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Nuel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>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 drawn from Point A (ie- Nuel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nuel. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.6261, Longitude: -93.9647     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nuel have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Nuel to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 318.756 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.373 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.60 degrees.

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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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