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O'Neill, Iowa

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Introduction ...

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

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 O'Neill, we use the following websites to find information relevant to O'Neill and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for O'Neill 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 O'Neill. 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 O'Neill.

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

The Dubuque County sighting report from eBird.

Since O'Neill is near Grant County and also Clayton County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Grant County

Sighting report for Clayton 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 O'Neill.

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

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

  • Dubuque [Map], which is the Seat of Dubuque County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from O'Neill to Dubuque, with an average speed<2> 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 156 miles [251.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 767 miles [1,234.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 44 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,263 miles [10,079.3 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 7,009 miles [11,279.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,901 miles [7,887.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named O'Neill ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name O'Neill.

While the name O'Neill is unique within Iowa, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Holt County

Our profile page for O'Neill, Holt County   [Map]

Distance: About 394 miles [634.1 km] to the West.

West Virginia

Harrison County

Our profile page for O'Neill, Harrison County   [Map]

Distance: About 591 miles [951.1 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near O'Neill ...

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.

Balltown   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast of O'Neill   [Map]

Budd   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Cottage Hill   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Five Points   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Holy Cross   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Lore   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Sageville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Turkey River   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Twin Springs   -   6 miles [9.7 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 O'Neill. 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.

Richard Bissell

Author. He was born in Dubuque (Iowa) on Friday June 27, 1913 and died in Dubuque (Iowa) on Wednesday May 4, 1977 at an age of 63. He was buried at Linwood Cemetery (Dubuque County, Iowa) [Map].

Dubuque [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast of O'Neill

Dubuque [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast of O'Neill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Richard Bissell<7>

Dick Hoerner     (Born as Lester Junior Hoerner)

Professional football. He was born in Dubuque (Iowa) on Tueday July 25, 1922 and died in Fullerton (California) on Saturday December 11, 2010 at an age of 88. He was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Dubuque [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast of O'Neill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dick Hoerner

Marian Hurd McNeely

Author. She was born in Dubuque (Iowa) on Thursday July 26, 1877 and died in Dubuque (Iowa) on Thursday December 18, 1930 at an age of 53. She was buried at Linwood Cemetery (Dubuque County, Iowa) [Map].

Dubuque [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast of O'Neill

Dubuque [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast of O'Neill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marian Hurd McNeely

Clifford Donald Simak

Author. He was born in Millville (Wisconsin) on Wednesday August 3, 1904 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Monday April 25, 1988 at an age of 83. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Millville [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the north of O'Neill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clifford Donald Simak

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Dubuque County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dubuque 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- O'Neill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in O'Neill. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.6089, Longitude: -90.8868     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for O'Neill 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 O'Neill 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 316.629 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.936 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.006 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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