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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Oakdale 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 Oakdale. 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 Oakdale.

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

The Johnson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Oakdale is near Linn County and also Cedar County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Linn County

Sighting report for Cedar 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 Oakdale.

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

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

  • Iowa City [Map], which is the Seat of Johnson County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 104 miles [167.4 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Oakdale to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 4 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 790 miles [1,271.4 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 45 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,333 miles [10,192 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 7,079 miles [11,392.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,970 miles [7,998.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Oakdale ...

We have found 89 communities that share the name Oakdale.

While the name Oakdale is unique within Iowa, we know of another 89 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Alabama

Etowah County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Etowah County   [Map]

Distance: About 608 miles [978.5 km] to the South Southeast.

Limestone County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Limestone County   [Map]

Distance: About 538 miles [865.8 km] to the South Southeast.

Tuscaloosa County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Tuscaloosa County   [Map]

Distance: About 627 miles [1,009.1 km] to the South Southeast.

Arkansas

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Lincoln County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 546 miles [878.7 km] to the South.

California

Stanislaus County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Stanislaus County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,568 miles [2,523.5 km] to the West.

Connecticut

New London County

Our profile page for Oakdale, New London County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,002 miles [1,612.6 km] to the East.

Delaware

New Castle County

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

Distance: About 843 miles [1,356.7 km] to the East.

Florida

Citrus County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Citrus County

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

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

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,079 miles [1,736.5 km] to the South Southeast.

Jackson County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 838 miles [1,348.6 km] to the South Southeast.

Georgia

Charlton County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Charlton County   [Map]

Distance: About 920 miles [1,480.6 km] to the Southeast.

Chatham County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Chatham County   [Map]

Distance: About 884 miles [1,422.7 km] to the Southeast.

Cobb County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Cobb County   [Map]

Distance: About 668 miles [1,075 km] to the Southeast.

Dougherty County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Dougherty County   [Map]

Distance: About 813 miles [1,308.4 km] to the South Southeast.

Fayette County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Fayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 693 miles [1,115.3 km] to the Southeast.

Fulton County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Fulton County

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

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

Illinois

Cook County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Cook County

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

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

Washington County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 262 miles [421.6 km] to the South Southeast.

Indiana

Jennings County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Jennings County   [Map]

Distance: About 367 miles [590.6 km] to the East Southeast.

Miami County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Miami County   [Map]

Distance: About 295 miles [474.8 km] to the East.

Kentucky

Breathitt County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Breathitt County   [Map]

Distance: About 516 miles [830.4 km] to the East Southeast.

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 392 miles [630.9 km] to the Southeast.

McCracken County

Our profile page for Oakdale, McCracken County   [Map]

Distance: About 360 miles [579.4 km] to the South Southeast.

Louisiana

Allen Parish

Our profile page for Oakdale, Allen Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 754 miles [1,213.4 km] to the South.

Jefferson Parish

Our profile page for Oakdale, Jefferson Parish

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

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

Maine

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Cumberland County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,087 miles [1,749.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Maryland

Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Anne Arundel County   [Map]

Distance: About 805 miles [1,295.5 km] to the East.

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Baltimore County   [Map]

Distance: About 812 miles [1,306.8 km] to the East.

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 783 miles [1,260.1 km] to the East.

Massachusetts

Hampden County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Hampden County   [Map]

Distance: About 973 miles [1,565.9 km] to the East.

Norfolk County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Norfolk County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,047 miles [1,685 km] to the East.

Plymouth County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Plymouth County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,074 miles [1,728.4 km] to the East.

Worcester County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Worcester County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,014 miles [1,631.9 km] to the East.

Michigan

Kent County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Kent County

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

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

Muskegon County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Muskegon County

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

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

Minnesota

Washington County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 236 miles [379.8 km] to the North Northwest.

Missouri

Reynolds County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Reynolds County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 302 miles [486 km] to the South.

Ripley County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Ripley County

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

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

Shelby County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Shelby County   [Map]

Distance: About 135 miles [217.3 km] to the South.

Nebraska

Antelope County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Antelope County   [Map]

Distance: About 328 miles [527.9 km] to the West.

New Jersey

Burlington County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Burlington County

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

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

New York

Broome County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Broome County

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

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

Columbia County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Columbia County   [Map]

Distance: About 913 miles [1,469.3 km] to the East.

Suffolk County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Suffolk County   [Map]

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

North Carolina

Alamance County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Alamance County

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

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

Chatham County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Chatham County

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

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

Craven County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Craven County   [Map]

Distance: About 906 miles [1,458.1 km] to the East Southeast.

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Cumberland County   [Map]

Distance: About 823 miles [1,324.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Greene County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Greene County   [Map]

Distance: About 860 miles [1,384 km] to the East Southeast.

Guilford County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Guilford County   [Map]

Distance: About 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Hoke County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Hoke County

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

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

Iredell County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Iredell County

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

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

Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Mecklenburg County   [Map]

Distance: About 727 miles [1,170 km] to the Southeast.

Pitt County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Pitt County   [Map]

Distance: About 872 miles [1,403.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Wilkes County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Wilkes County   [Map]

Distance: About 673 miles [1,083.1 km] to the East Southeast.

North Dakota

Dunn County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Dunn County   [Map]

Distance: About 680 miles [1,094.4 km] to the Northwest.

Ohio

Athens County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Athens County   [Map]

Distance: About 520 miles [836.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Hamilton County   [Map]

Distance: About 405 miles [651.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 414 miles [666.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Putnam County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Putnam County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 397 miles [638.9 km] to the East.

Stark County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Stark County

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

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

Oklahoma

Washita County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Washita County

This community is historic.

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

Ontario

Our profile page for Oakdale   [Map]

Distance: About 493 miles [793.4 km] to the East.

Oregon

Polk County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Polk County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,601 miles [2,576.6 km] to the West Northwest.

Pennsylvania

Allegheny County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Allegheny County   [Map]

Distance: About 600 miles [965.6 km] to the East.

Dauphin County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Dauphin County

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

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

Delaware County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Delaware County

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

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

Fayette County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Fayette County

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

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

Luzerne County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Luzerne County   [Map]

Distance: About 813 miles [1,308.4 km] to the East.

South Carolina

Anderson County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Anderson County   [Map]

Distance: About 686 miles [1,104 km] to the Southeast.

Florence County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Florence County   [Map]

Distance: About 821 miles [1,321.3 km] to the Southeast.

York County

Our profile page for Oakdale, York County   [Map]

Distance: About 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the Southeast.

Tennessee

Hawkins County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Hawkins County

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

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

Macon County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Macon County   [Map]

Distance: About 460 miles [740.3 km] to the Southeast.

Morgan County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Morgan County   [Map]

Distance: About 546 miles [878.7 km] to the Southeast.

Putnam County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Putnam County   [Map]

Distance: About 498 miles [801.5 km] to the Southeast.

Robertson County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Robertson County   [Map]

Distance: About 446 miles [717.8 km] to the Southeast.

White County

Our profile page for Oakdale, White County   [Map]

Distance: About 517 miles [832 km] to the Southeast.

Texas

Franklin County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 616 miles [991.4 km] to the South Southwest.

Hopkins County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Hopkins County   [Map]

Distance: About 619 miles [996.2 km] to the South Southwest.

Liberty County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Liberty County   [Map]

Distance: About 810 miles [1,303.6 km] to the South Southwest.

Polk County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Polk County

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

Utah

Salt Lake County

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

Distance: About 1,054 miles [1,696.2 km] to the West.

Virginia

Gloucester County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Gloucester County   [Map]

Distance: About 858 miles [1,380.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Roanoke City

Our profile page for Oakdale, Roanoke City   [Map]

Distance: About 689 miles [1,108.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Rockbridge County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Rockbridge County   [Map]

Distance: About 693 miles [1,115.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Suffolk City

Our profile page for Oakdale, Suffolk City   [Map]

Distance: About 873 miles [1,405 km] to the East Southeast.

West Virginia

Harrison County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Harrison County   [Map]

Distance: About 607 miles [976.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Wisconsin

Monroe County

Our profile page for Oakdale, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 167 miles [268.8 km] to the North Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Oakdale ...

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.

Coralville   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast of Oakdale   [Map]

Graham (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Green Castle (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Iowa City   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Oasis   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Swisher   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Twin View Heights   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

University Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Oakdale. 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.

Mace Stanley Brown

Major League Baseball. He was born in North English (Iowa) on Friday May 21, 1909 and died in Greensboro (North Carolina) on Sunday March 24, 2002 at an age of 92. He was buried at Westminster Gardens Cemetery (Guilford County, North Carolina) [Map].

North English [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Oakdale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mace Stanley Brown<9>

Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak

Major League Baseball. He was born in Brooklyn (New York) on Friday April 28, 1916 and died in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Tueday July 25, 1967 at an age of 51. He was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Linn County, Iowa) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Oakdale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak

Paul Conrad

Political cartoonist. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Friday June 27, 1924 and died in Rancho Palos Verdes (California) on Saturday September 4, 2010 at an age of 86. He was buried at Green Hills Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Oakdale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Conrad

Frank Conroy

Author. He was born in New York (New York) on Wednesday January 15, 1936 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday April 6, 2005 at an age of 69. He was buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Iowa City [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the southeast of Oakdale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Conroy

Don DeFore     (Born as Donald John DeFore)

Actor. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Monday August 25, 1913 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Wednesday December 22, 1993 at an age of 80. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Oakdale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don DeFore

Herbert Hoover

31st President of the US (1929 - 1933). He was born in West Branch (Iowa) on Monday August 10, 1874 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday October 20, 1964 at an age of 90.

West Branch [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the east of Oakdale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herbert Hoover

James Alfred Van Allen

Scientist, astrophysicist. He was born in Mount Pleasant (Iowa) on Monday September 7, 1914 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday August 9, 2006 at an age of 91. He was buried at Southampton Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Iowa City [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the southeast of Oakdale

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Alfred Van Allen

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Johnson County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Johnson County: www.johnson-county.com/

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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oakdale) 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 Oakdale. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Oakdale

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oakdale. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7064, Longitude: -91.6029     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oakdale 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 Oakdale 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 317.104 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.358 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.602 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 Oakdale, 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Oakdale 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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