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The location of Ocheyedan









Introduction ...

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

This page contains six sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Ocheyedan, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Ocheyedan and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ocheyedan 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 Ocheyedan. 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 Ocheyedan.

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

The Osceola County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ocheyedan is near Nobles County and also Dickinson County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Nobles County

Sighting report for Dickinson 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 Ocheyedan.

How Far From Ocheyedan 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 city such as Ocheyedan to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Sibley [Map], which is the Seat of Osceola County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Ocheyedan to Sibley, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 159 miles [255.9 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,008 miles [1,622.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 58 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,377 miles [10,262.8 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 7,133 miles [11,479.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,041 miles [8,112.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ocheyedan ...

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.

Cloverdale   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest of Ocheyedan   [Map]

Harris   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Little Rock   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the West   [Map]

May City   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Melvin   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Ransom (MN)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Round Lake (MN)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Rushmore (MN)   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Osceola County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ocheyedan. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ocheyedan

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ocheyedan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.4181, Longitude: -95.5365     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ocheyedan 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 Ocheyedan 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 319.884 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.77 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.254 degrees.

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