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Oakwood Station, Iowa

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The location of Oakwood Station

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Oakwood Station 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 Oakwood Station. 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 Oakwood Station.

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

The Polk County sighting report from eBird.

Since Oakwood Station is near Story County and also Boone County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Story County

Sighting report for Boone 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 Oakwood Station.

How Far From Oakwood Station 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 Oakwood Station 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 Oakwood Station once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Oakwood Station and extending to:

  • Des Moines [Map], which is the Seat of Polk County, lies 24 miles [38.6 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Oakwood Station to Des Moines, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 24 miles [38.6 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 889 miles [1,430.7 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,388 miles [10,280.5 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 7,137 miles [11,485.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,033 miles [8,099.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Oakwood Station ...

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.

Clyde   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast of Oakwood Station   [Map]

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

Enterprise   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Gilbert   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Iowa Center   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Jordan   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Luther   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Madrid   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Mingo   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Nevada   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [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 Oakwood Station. 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.

Charles Edward 'Buster' Brown

Major League Baseball. He was born in Boone (Iowa) on Wednesday August 31, 1881 and died in Sioux City (Iowa) on Monday February 9, 1914 at an age of 32. He was buried at Onawa Cemetery (Monona County, Iowa) [Map].

Boone [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Oakwood Station

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Edward 'Buster' Brown<8>

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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Oakwood Station

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bill Daily

Mamie Eisenhower

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 - 1961). She was born in Boone (Iowa) on Saturday November 14, 1896 and died in Washington, DC [Map] on Thursday November 1, 1979 at an age of 83.

Boone [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Oakwood Station

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mamie Eisenhower

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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Oakwood Station

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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Oakwood Station

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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Oakwood Station

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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Oakwood Station

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry T. Robinson

Billy Sunday

Major League Baseball. He was born in Ames (Iowa) on Wednesday November 19, 1862 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Wednesday November 6, 1935 at an age of 73. He was buried at Forest Home Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Ames [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest of Oakwood Station

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Sunday

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 Oakwood Station, 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' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oakwood Station) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oakwood Station. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.9372, Longitude: -93.5163     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oakwood Station 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 Oakwood Station 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 318.425 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.903 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.526 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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