RoadsideThoughts
A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
Community
Index
State
Index
Province
Index
County
Index
State
Quarters
 
Sitemap
     

Old Town, Iowa

Community
Profile
Nearby Census Genealogy
Helper
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Trivia
Local
Newspapers
TripAdvisor
Links
Interactive
Map
Other IA
Communities





The location of Old Town









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Old Town 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 Old Town. 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 Old Town.

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

The Dickinson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Old Town is near Clay County and also Emmet County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Clay County

Sighting report for Emmet 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 Old Town.

How Far From Old Town 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 Old Town to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Spirit Lake [Map], which is the Seat of Dickinson County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 141 miles [226.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Old Town to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 987 miles [1,588.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 39 days and walking would take 56 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,370 miles [10,251.5 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 7,125 miles [11,466.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,032 miles [8,098.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Old Town ...

We have found 35 communities that share the name Old Town.

While the name Old Town is unique within Iowa, we know of another 35 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

Jump ahead to ...

AlabamaGeorgiaMontanaOhio
 
ArkansasIndianaNew MexicoOregon
 
British ColumbiaMaineNew YorkSouth Carolina
 
CaliforniaMarylandNorth CarolinaTennessee
 
FloridaMissouriNorthwest TerritoriesVirginia
 
   Washington

Alabama

Conecuh County

Our profile page for Old Town, Conecuh County   [Map]

Distance: About 937 miles [1,508 km] to the South Southeast.

Dallas County

Our profile page for Old Town, Dallas County   [Map]

Distance: About 886 miles [1,425.9 km] to the South Southeast.

Fayette County

Our profile page for Old Town, Fayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 772 miles [1,242.4 km] to the South Southeast.

Arkansas

Lafayette County

Our profile page for Old Town, Lafayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 690 miles [1,110.4 km] to the South.

Phillips County

Our profile page for Old Town, Phillips County   [Map]

Distance: About 659 miles [1,060.6 km] to the South Southeast.

British Columbia

Our profile page for Old Town   [Map]

Distance: About 1,075 miles [1,730 km] to the West Northwest.

California

Kern County

Our profile page for Old Town, Kern County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,364 miles [2,195.1 km] to the West Southwest.

Marin County

Our profile page for Old Town, Marin County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,472 miles [2,369 km] to the West.

San Diego County

Our profile page for Old Town, San Diego County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,397 miles [2,248.3 km] to the West Southwest.

Santa Barbara County

Our profile page for Old Town, Santa Barbara County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,441 miles [2,319.1 km] to the West Southwest.

Ventura County

Our profile page for Old Town, Ventura County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,425 miles [2,293.3 km] to the West Southwest.

Florida

Dixie County

Our profile page for Old Town, Dixie County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,160 miles [1,866.8 km] to the Southeast.

Lafayette County

Our profile page for Old Town, Lafayette County

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

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

Georgia

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Old Town, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 998 miles [1,606.1 km] to the Southeast.

Indiana

Jackson County

Our profile page for Old Town, Jackson County

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

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

Warren County

Our profile page for Old Town, Warren County   [Map]

Distance: About 451 miles [725.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Maine

Penobscot County

Our profile page for Old Town, Penobscot County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,312 miles [2,111.5 km] to the East Northeast.

Maryland

Baltimore City

Our profile page for Old Town, Baltimore City   [Map]

Distance: About 998 miles [1,606.1 km] to the East.

Kent County

Our profile page for Old Town, Kent County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,027 miles [1,652.8 km] to the East.

Missouri

Lafayette County

Our profile page for Old Town, Lafayette County

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

Oregon County

Our profile page for Old Town, Oregon County   [Map]

Distance: About 507 miles [815.9 km] to the South Southeast.

Montana

Missoula County

Our profile page for Old Town, Missoula County   [Map]

Distance: About 985 miles [1,585.2 km] to the West Northwest.

New Mexico

Bernalillo County

Our profile page for Old Town, Bernalillo County   [Map]

Distance: About 836 miles [1,345.4 km] to the Southwest.

Luna County

Our profile page for Old Town, Luna County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,015 miles [1,633.5 km] to the Southwest.

New York

Richmond County

Our profile page for Old Town, Richmond County

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

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

North Carolina

Brunswick County

Our profile page for Old Town, Brunswick County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,118 miles [1,799.2 km] to the East Southeast.

Forsyth County

Our profile page for Old Town, Forsyth County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 928 miles [1,493.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Northwest Territories

Our profile page for Old Town   [Map]

Distance: About 1,532 miles [2,465.5 km] to the North Northwest.

Ohio

Huron County

Our profile page for Old Town, Huron County

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

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

Tuscarawas County

Our profile page for Old Town, Tuscarawas County   [Map]

Distance: About 729 miles [1,173.2 km] to the East Southeast.

Oregon

Douglas County

Our profile page for Old Town, Douglas County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,406 miles [2,262.7 km] to the West.

South Carolina

Charleston County

Our profile page for Old Town, Charleston County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,094 miles [1,760.6 km] to the Southeast.

Tennessee

Williamson County

Our profile page for Old Town, Williamson County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 667 miles [1,073.4 km] to the Southeast.

Virginia

Grayson County

Our profile page for Old Town, Grayson County

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

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

Washington

Clallam County

Our profile page for Old Town, Clallam County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,382 miles [2,224.1 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Old Town ...

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.

Dickens   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast of Old Town   [Map]

Fallow   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Harris   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

May City   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Orleans   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Royal   -   18 miles [29 km] to the South   [Map]

Spirit Lake   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Superior   -   12 miles [19.3 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 Old Town. 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.

Bill Chase

Musician. He was born in Quincy (Massachusetts) on Saturday October 20, 1934 and died in Jackson (Minnesota) on Friday August 9, 1974 at an age of 39. He was buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery (Suffolk County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Jackson [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of Old Town

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bill Chase<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Iowa

About Dickinson County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dickinson County: www.co.dickinson.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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Old Town) 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 Old Town. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Old Town

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Old Town. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.3136, Longitude: -95.1442     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Old Town have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

- Return to Citation

<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.

- Return to Citation

<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 Old Town to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

- Return to Citation

<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 319.603 degrees.

- Return to Citation

<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.434 degrees.

- Return to Citation

<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.067 degrees.

- Return to Citation

<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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Old Town 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.

- Return to Citation

<8>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 Old Town, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

- Return to Citation

<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.

- Return to Citation





 

 

 

 

 


Home
Page
Sitemap Privacy
Statement
Terms
of Use
Feedback

 

 

Copyright 2019
All Rights Reserved

Please keep in mind that we can not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information on this website, so use with care. We encourage you to double-check the information that is critical to you.

If you've found an error or have additional information that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to write. Click here to contact us.

This page was last modified: 13 Oct 2019