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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Orange 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 Orange. 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 Orange.

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

The Black Hawk County sighting report from eBird.

Since Orange is near Grundy County and also Tama County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Grundy County

Sighting report for Tama 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 Orange.

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

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

  • Waterloo [Map], which is the Seat of Black Hawk County, lies just to the North.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 86 miles [138.4 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Orange to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 837 miles [1,347 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 33 days and walking would take 48 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,323 miles [10,175.9 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 7,071 miles [11,379.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,966 miles [7,992 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Orange ...

We have found 29 communities that share the name Orange.

While the name Orange is unique within Iowa, we know of another 29 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Alabama

Franklin County

Our profile page for Orange, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 614 miles [988.1 km] to the South Southeast.

California

Orange County

Our profile page for Orange, Orange County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,500 miles [2,414 km] to the West Southwest.

Connecticut

New Haven County

Our profile page for Orange, New Haven County   [Map]

Distance: About 995 miles [1,601.3 km] to the East.

Florida

Liberty County

Our profile page for Orange, Liberty County   [Map]

Distance: About 934 miles [1,503.1 km] to the South Southeast.

Georgia

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Orange, Cherokee County   [Map]

Distance: About 711 miles [1,144.2 km] to the Southeast.

Illinois

Clark County

Our profile page for Orange, Clark County   [Map]

Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the Southeast.

Indiana

Fayette County

Our profile page for Orange, Fayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 416 miles [669.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Kansas

Norton County

Our profile page for Orange, Norton County

This community is historic.<7>

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

Sheridan County

Our profile page for Orange, Sheridan County

This community is historic.

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

Smith County

Our profile page for Orange, Smith County

This community is historic.

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

Massachusetts

Franklin County

Our profile page for Orange, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,018 miles [1,638.3 km] to the East.

Michigan

Ionia County

Our profile page for Orange, Ionia County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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

Mississippi

Franklin County

Our profile page for Orange, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 755 miles [1,215.1 km] to the South.

Jasper County

Our profile page for Orange, Jasper County   [Map]

Distance: About 737 miles [1,186.1 km] to the South Southeast.

Missouri

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Orange, Lawrence County   [Map]

Distance: About 378 miles [608.3 km] to the South Southwest.

New Hampshire

Grafton County

Our profile page for Orange, Grafton County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,029 miles [1,656 km] to the East.

New Jersey

Essex County

Our profile page for Orange, Essex County   [Map]

Distance: About 940 miles [1,512.8 km] to the East.

New Mexico

Dona Ana County

Our profile page for Orange, Dona Ana County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,069 miles [1,720.4 km] to the Southwest.

Otero County

Our profile page for Orange, Otero County

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

North Carolina

Sampson County

Our profile page for Orange, Sampson County   [Map]

Distance: About 897 miles [1,443.6 km] to the East Southeast.

Ohio

Coshocton County

Our profile page for Orange, Coshocton County   [Map]

Distance: About 572 miles [920.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Cuyahoga County

Our profile page for Orange, Cuyahoga County   [Map]

Distance: About 562 miles [904.5 km] to the East.

Delaware County

Our profile page for Orange, Delaware County   [Map]

Distance: About 508 miles [817.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Pennsylvania

Luzerne County

Our profile page for Orange, Luzerne County   [Map]

Distance: About 847 miles [1,363.1 km] to the East.

Texas

Orange County

Our profile page for Orange, Orange County   [Map]

Distance: About 855 miles [1,376 km] to the South.

Vermont

Orange County

Our profile page for Orange, Orange County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,007 miles [1,620.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Virginia

Orange County

Our profile page for Orange, Orange County   [Map]

Distance: About 802 miles [1,290.7 km] to the East Southeast.

West Virginia

Boone County

Our profile page for Orange, Boone County

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

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

Wisconsin

Burnett County

Our profile page for Orange, Burnett County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Orange ...

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.

Big Rock   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North of Orange   [Map]

Blessing   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Castle Hill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Cedar City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Cedar Falls   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Gilbertville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Hicks   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hilltop   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Louise   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Raymond   -   7 miles [11.3 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 Orange. 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.

Fran Allison

Actress. She was born in La Porte City (Iowa) on Wednesday November 20, 1907 and died on Tueday June 13, 1989 at an age of 81. She was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Linn County, Iowa) [Map].

La Porte City [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast of Orange

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Fran Allison<9>

Lou Hoover

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Herbert Hoover (1929 - 1933). She was born in Waterloo (Iowa) on Sunday March 29, 1874 and died in New York (New York) on Friday January 7, 1944 at an age of 69.

Waterloo [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Orange

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lou Hoover

Edmund John 'Bing' Miller

Major League Baseball. He was born in Vinton (Iowa) on Thursday August 30, 1894 and died in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Saturday May 7, 1966 at an age of 71. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Vinton [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Orange

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edmund John 'Bing' Miller

Reggie Roby

Professional football. He was born in Waterloo (Iowa) on Sunday July 30, 1961 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Tueday February 22, 2005 at an age of 43. He was buried at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Waterloo [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Orange

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reggie Roby

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Black Hawk County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Black Hawk County: www.co.black-hawk.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- Orange) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orange. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4258, Longitude: -92.3566     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orange 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 Orange 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 317.635 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.063 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.81 degrees.

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<7>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 Orange, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Orange 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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<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.

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