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Ord, Iowa

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The location of Ord

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ord 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 Ord. 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 Ord.

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

The Madison County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ord is near Union County and also Adair County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Union County

Sighting report for Adair 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 Ord.

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

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

  • Winterset [Map], which is the Seat of Madison County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 33 miles [53.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). If you could walk a straight line from Ord to Des Moines, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 913 miles [1,469.3 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of two days, a buggy would take 36 days and walking would take 52 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,442 miles [10,367.4 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 7,191 miles [11,572.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,086 miles [8,185.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ord ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Ord.

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

Communities Outside of Iowa


Etowah County

Our profile page for Ord, Etowah County

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

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


Neosho County

Our profile page for Ord, Neosho County

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

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


Valley County

Our profile page for Ord, Valley County   [Map]

Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the West.

North Carolina

Guilford County

Our profile page for Ord, Guilford County

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


Choctaw County

Our profile page for Ord, Choctaw County   [Map]

Distance: About 512 miles [824 km] to the South.


Indiana County

Our profile page for Ord, Indiana County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ord ...

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.

Barney   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast of Ord   [Map]

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

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

Macksburg   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Murray   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Old Peru   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Tileville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Zion   -   12 miles [19.3 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 Ord. 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.

Harry Runkle Archer

Composer. He was born in Creston (Iowa) on Sunday February 21, 1886 and died in New York (New York) on Saturday April 23, 1960 at an age of 74. He was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Creston [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Ord

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Runkle Archer<8>

Glen Luther Martin

Aviation pioneer. He was born in Macksburg (Iowa) on Sunday January 17, 1886 and died in Baltimore (Maryland) on Monday December 5, 1955 at an age of 69. He was buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Macksburg [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest of Ord

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Glen Luther Martin

Arthur Charles 'Dazzy' Vance

Major League Baseball. He was born in Orient (Iowa) on Wednesday March 4, 1891 and died in Homosassa Springs (Florida) on Thursday February 16, 1961 at an age of 69. He was buried at Stage Stand Cemetery (Citrus County, Florida) [Map].

Orient [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Ord

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Arthur Charles 'Dazzy' Vance

John Wayne     (Born as Marion Morrison)

Oscar winning actor. He was born in Winterset (Iowa) on Sunday May 26, 1907 and died in Newport Beach (California) on Friday May 11, 1979 at an age of 72. He was buried at Pacific View Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Winterset [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Ord

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Wayne

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Madison County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Madison County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

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- Ord) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ord. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.2511, Longitude: -94.0711     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ord 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 Ord 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 318.786 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.228 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.965 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 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 Ord 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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