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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Orchard 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 Orchard. 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 Orchard.

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

The Mitchell County sighting report from eBird.

Since Orchard is near Floyd County and also Chickasaw County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Floyd County

Sighting report for Chickasaw 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 Orchard.

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

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

  • Osage [Map], which is the Seat of Mitchell County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 120 miles [193.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Orchard to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 870 miles [1,400.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 50 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,296 miles [10,132.4 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 7,047 miles [11,341 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,946 miles [7,959.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Orchard ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Orchard.

While the name Orchard is unique within Iowa, we know of another 23 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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DelawareMichiganTexas 

Alabama

Mobile County

Our profile page for Orchard, Mobile County   [Map]

Distance: About 899 miles [1,446.8 km] to the South Southeast.

Arkansas

Perry County

Our profile page for Orchard, Perry County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

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

California

Sonoma County

Our profile page for Orchard, Sonoma County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,595 miles [2,566.9 km] to the West.

Colorado

Morgan County

Our profile page for Orchard, Morgan County   [Map]

Distance: About 616 miles [991.4 km] to the West Southwest.

Weld County

Our profile page for Orchard, Weld County

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

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

Delaware

Kent County

Our profile page for Orchard, Kent County   [Map]

Distance: About 939 miles [1,511.2 km] to the East Southeast.

Idaho

Ada County

Our profile page for Orchard, Ada County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,165 miles [1,874.9 km] to the West.

Kansas

Linn County

Our profile page for Orchard, Linn County

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

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

Kentucky

Magoffin County

Our profile page for Orchard, Magoffin County

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

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

Louisiana

Plaquemines Parish

Our profile page for Orchard, Plaquemines Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 982 miles [1,580.4 km] to the South Southeast.

Michigan

Presque Isle County

Our profile page for Orchard, Presque Isle County

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

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

Nebraska

Antelope County

Our profile page for Orchard, Antelope County   [Map]

Distance: About 283 miles [455.4 km] to the West.

North Carolina

Guilford County

Our profile page for Orchard, Guilford County   [Map]

Distance: About 844 miles [1,358.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Ohio

Clark County

Our profile page for Orchard, Clark County

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

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

Ontario

Our profile page for Orchard

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

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

Texas

Fort Bend County

Our profile page for Orchard, Fort Bend County   [Map]

Distance: About 957 miles [1,540.1 km] to the South Southwest.

Galveston County

Our profile page for Orchard, Galveston County   [Map]

Distance: About 954 miles [1,535.3 km] to the South.

Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Orchard, Davis County   [Map]

Distance: About 989 miles [1,591.6 km] to the West.

Virginia

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Orchard, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 771 miles [1,240.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Washington

Walla Walla County

Our profile page for Orchard, Walla Walla County

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

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

Yakima County

Our profile page for Orchard, Yakima County

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

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

West Virginia

Brooke County

Our profile page for Orchard, Brooke County   [Map]

Distance: About 657 miles [1,057.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Monroe County

Our profile page for Orchard, Monroe County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Orchard ...

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.

Charles City   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast of Orchard   [Map]

Dixie   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Doubleday   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Floyd   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Howardville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Little Cedar   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Mitchell   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Rock Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [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 Orchard. 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.

Robert James Waller

Author. He was born in Rockford (Iowa) on Tueday August 1, 1939 and died in Fredericksburg (Texas) on Friday March 10, 2017 at an age of 77.

Rockford [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest of Orchard

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert James Waller<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Mitchell County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Orchard. 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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Orchard) 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 Orchard. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Orchard

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orchard. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.2274, Longitude: -92.7753     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orchard 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 Orchard 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 317.938 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.517 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.829 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 Orchard, 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Orchard 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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