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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Oakland Mills 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 Oakland Mills. 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 Oakland Mills.

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

The Henry County sighting report from eBird.

Since Oakland Mills is near Jefferson County and also Lee County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Jefferson County

Sighting report for Lee 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 Oakland Mills.

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

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

  • Mount Pleasant [Map], which is the Seat of Henry County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 113 miles [181.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). If you could drive a straight line from Oakland Mills to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 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 783 miles [1,260.1 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 6,373 miles [10,256.3 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 7,116 miles [11,452.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,005 miles [8,054.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Oakland Mills ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Oakland Mills.

While the name Oakland Mills is unique within Iowa, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Iowa

Kentucky

Nicholas County

Our profile page for Oakland Mills, Nicholas County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

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

Maryland

Howard County

Our profile page for Oakland Mills, Howard County   [Map]

Distance: About 788 miles [1,268.2 km] to the East.

New Jersey

Monmouth County

Our profile page for Oakland Mills, Monmouth County   [Map]

Distance: About 905 miles [1,456.5 km] to the East.

Pennsylvania

Juniata County

Our profile page for Oakland Mills, Juniata County   [Map]

Distance: About 747 miles [1,202.2 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Oakland Mills ...

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.

Big Mound   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South of Oakland Mills   [Map]

Germanville   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Glasgow   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Harrisburg   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Mount Pleasant   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Noble   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Olds   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Pierceville   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Pilot Grove   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Swedesburg   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [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 Oakland Mills. 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.

Vernon G. 'Tony' Baker

Professional football. He was born in Burlington (Iowa) on Friday February 16, 1945 and died in Mediapolis (Iowa) on Sunday August 9, 1998 at an age of 53. He was buried at Aspen Grove Cemetery (Des Moines County, Iowa) [Map].

Burlington [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Oakland Mills

Mediapolis [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Oakland Mills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Vernon G. 'Tony' Baker<8>

William C. Frawley

Actor. He was born in Burlington (Iowa) on Saturday February 26, 1887 and died in Hollywood (California) on Thursday March 3, 1966 at an age of 79. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Burlington [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Oakland Mills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William C. Frawley

George Thomas 'Firebrand' Stovall

Major League Baseball. He was born in Leeds (Missouri) on Friday November 23, 1877 and died in Burlington (Iowa) on Monday November 5, 1951 at an age of 74. He was buried at Aspen Grove Cemetery (Des Moines County, Iowa) [Map].

Burlington [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Oakland Mills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George Thomas 'Firebrand' Stovall

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].

Mount Pleasant [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast of Oakland Mills

Iowa City [Map] is located 49 miles [78.9 km] to the north of Oakland Mills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Alfred Van Allen

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Iowa Community

About Henry County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Henry County: www.co.henry.ia.us/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oakland Mills. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.9368, Longitude: -91.6154     [Map].

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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 Oakland Mills 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 317.094 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.242 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.795 degrees.

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<7>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Oakland Mills 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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<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: findagrave.com.

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