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Ollie, Iowa

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The location of Ollie

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ollie 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 Ollie. 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 Ollie.

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

The Keokuk County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ollie is near Jefferson County and also Wapello County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Jefferson County

Sighting report for Wapello 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 Ollie.

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

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

  • Sigourney [Map], which is the Seat of Keokuk County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Ollie to Sigourney, 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 83 miles [133.6 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 810 miles [1,303.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 46 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,376 miles [10,261.2 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 7,121 miles [11,460.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,012 miles [8,066 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ollie ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Ollie.

While the name Ollie is unique within Iowa, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Monroe County

Our profile page for Ollie, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 721 miles [1,160.3 km] to the South Southeast.


Gilmer County

Our profile page for Ollie, Gilmer County   [Map]

Distance: About 603 miles [970.4 km] to the Southeast.


Edmonson County

Our profile page for Ollie, Edmonson County   [Map]

Distance: About 417 miles [671.1 km] to the Southeast.


Plaquemines Parish

Our profile page for Ollie, Plaquemines Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 799 miles [1,285.9 km] to the South.


Fallon County

Our profile page for Ollie, Fallon County   [Map]

Distance: About 701 miles [1,128.2 km] to the Northwest.


Polk County

Our profile page for Ollie, Polk County   [Map]

Distance: About 734 miles [1,181.3 km] to the South Southwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ollie ...

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.

Delta   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest of Ollie   [Map]

Eureka (Historic)   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the East   [Map]

Germanville   -   18 miles [29 km] to the East   [Map]

Grace Hill   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Harper   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Libertyville   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the South   [Map]

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

Marysville (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pleasant Plain   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

What Cheer   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northwest   [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 Ollie. 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.

Mace Stanley Brown

Major League Baseball. He was born in North English (Iowa) on Friday May 21, 1909 and died in Greensboro (North Carolina) on Sunday March 24, 2002 at an age of 92. He was buried at Westminster Gardens Cemetery (Guilford County, North Carolina) [Map].

North English [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Ollie

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mace Stanley Brown<7>

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Ollie

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John William 'Bud' Clancy

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Ollie

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Ollie

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Ollie

Oskaloosa [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Ollie

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tyler Sash

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Iowa

About Keokuk County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ollie. 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' (or 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- Ollie) 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 Ollie. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ollie

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ollie. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1991, Longitude: -92.0923     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ollie 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 Ollie 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 317.426 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.658 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.972 degrees.

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<7>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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