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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Onawa 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 Onawa. 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 Onawa.

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

The Monona County sighting report from eBird.

Since Onawa is near Burt County and also Woodbury County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Burt County

Sighting report for Woodbury 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 Onawa.

How Far From Onawa to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Onawa to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 131 miles [210.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Onawa 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 1,022 miles [1,644.7 km] to the East (E). 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 6,469 miles [10,410.8 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 7,223 miles [11,624.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,127 miles [8,251.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Onawa ...

While the name Onawa is unique within Iowa, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Iowa

Maine

Piscataquis County

Our profile page for Onawa, Piscataquis County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,347 miles [2,167.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Onawa ...

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.

Allen   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southeast of Onawa   [Map]

Climbing Hill   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Craig (NE)   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Echo   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Holly Springs   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Little Sioux   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Lyons (NE)   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Macy (NE)   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Maple Landing (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Moorhead   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Soldier   -   16 miles [25.7 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 Onawa. 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.

Hoot Gibson     (Born as Edmund Richard Gibson)

Actor, rodeo champion. He was born in Tekamah (Nebraska) on Saturday August 6, 1892 and died in Woodland Hills (California) on Thursday August 23, 1962 at an age of 70. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Tekamah [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Onawa

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hoot Gibson<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Monona County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Onawa. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0267, Longitude: -96.0973     [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 Onawa 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 320.234 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.994 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.854 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: findagrave.com.

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