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Olivet, Iowa

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The location of Olivet

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Olivet 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 Olivet. 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 Olivet.

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

The Mahaska County sighting report from eBird.

Since Olivet is near Marion County and also Monroe County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Marion County

Sighting report for Monroe 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 Olivet.

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

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

  • Oskaloosa [Map], which is the Seat of Mahaska County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Olivet to Oskaloosa, 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 45 miles [72.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 849 miles [1,366.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 49 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,396 miles [10,293.4 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 7,143 miles [11,495.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,035 miles [8,103 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Olivet ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Olivet.

While the name Olivet is unique within Iowa, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Carroll County

Our profile page for Olivet, Carroll County

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

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


Vermilion County

Our profile page for Olivet, Vermilion County   [Map]

Distance: About 287 miles [461.9 km] to the East Southeast.


Osage County

Our profile page for Olivet, Osage County   [Map]

Distance: About 249 miles [400.7 km] to the Southwest.


Calvert County

Our profile page for Olivet, Calvert County   [Map]

Distance: About 891 miles [1,433.9 km] to the East.


Eaton County

Our profile page for Olivet, Eaton County   [Map]

Distance: About 413 miles [664.7 km] to the East Northeast.

New Jersey

Salem County

Our profile page for Olivet, Salem County   [Map]

Distance: About 935 miles [1,504.7 km] to the East.

North Carolina

Jackson County

Our profile page for Olivet, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 655 miles [1,054.1 km] to the Southeast.


Our profile page for Olivet   [Map]

Distance: About 641 miles [1,031.6 km] to the East Northeast.


Armstrong County

Our profile page for Olivet, Armstrong County   [Map]

Distance: About 700 miles [1,126.5 km] to the East.

South Dakota

Hutchinson County

Our profile page for Olivet, Hutchinson County   [Map]

Distance: About 280 miles [450.6 km] to the West Northwest.


Giles County

Our profile page for Olivet, Giles County   [Map]

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

Hardin County

Our profile page for Olivet, Hardin County   [Map]

Distance: About 490 miles [788.6 km] to the South Southeast.


Pierce County

Our profile page for Olivet, Pierce County   [Map]

Distance: About 241 miles [387.9 km] to the North.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Olivet ...

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.

Bluff Creek   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South of Olivet   [Map]

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

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

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

Fishville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Harvey   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Indiana   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lacey   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Marysville   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

University Park   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [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 Olivet. 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.

John William 'Bud' Clancy

Major League Baseball. He was born in Odell (Illinois) on Saturday September 15, 1900 and died in Ottumwa (Iowa) on Thursday September 26, 1968 at an age of 68. He was buried at St. Paul Cemetery (Livingston County, Illinois) [Map].

Ottumwa [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Olivet

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John William 'Bud' Clancy<8>

Mary Esther Denver

Actress. She was born in Ottumwa (Iowa) on Friday May 10, 1918 and died in Hollywood (California) on Tueday June 3, 1980 at an age of 62. She was buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Ottumwa [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Olivet

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Esther Denver

Lillian Miles

Actress. She was born in Oskaloosa (Iowa) on Thursday August 1, 1907 and died in Yucca Valley (California) on Sunday February 27, 1972 at an age of 64. She was buried at Montecito Memorial Park (San Bernardino County, California) [Map].

Oskaloosa [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the east of Olivet

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lillian Miles

Tyler Sash

Professional football. He was born in Oskaloosa (Iowa) on Sunday March 27, 1988 and died in Oskaloosa (Iowa) on Tueday September 8, 2015 at an age of 27. He was buried at Forest Memorial Gardens (Mahaska County, Iowa) [Map].

Oskaloosa [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the east of Olivet

Oskaloosa [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the east of Olivet

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tyler Sash

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Mahaska County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Iowa:

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- Olivet) 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 Olivet. 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 Olivet

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Olivet. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.3137, Longitude: -92.8303     [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 Olivet 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 317.933 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.256 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.319 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 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 Olivet 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:

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