A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Orleans, Iowa
(Appanoose County)

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The location of Orleans

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Orleans 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 Orleans. 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 Orleans.

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

The Appanoose County sighting report from eBird.

Since Orleans is near Davis County and also Schuyler County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Davis County

Sighting report for Schuyler 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 Orleans.

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

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

  • Centerville [Map], which is the Seat of Appanoose County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Orleans to Centerville, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 78 miles [125.5 km] to the Northwest (NW). 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 836 miles [1,345.4 km] to the East (E). 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 6,420 miles [10,332 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 7,165 miles [11,530.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,055 miles [8,135.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Orleans ...

We have found 19 communities that share the name Orleans.

Within Iowa, there is just one other community named Orleans. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 18 communities in the United States and Canada - with 18 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Iowa

Communities outside of Iowa

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Humboldt County

Our profile page for Orleans, Humboldt County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,601 miles [2,576.6 km] to the West Northwest.


Citrus County

Our profile page for Orleans, Citrus County

This community is historic.<7>

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


Rockdale County

Our profile page for Orleans, Rockdale County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 679 miles [1,092.7 km] to the Southeast.


Morgan County

Our profile page for Orleans, Morgan County   [Map]

Distance: About 152 miles [244.6 km] to the East Southeast.


Orange County

Our profile page for Orleans, Orange County   [Map]

Distance: About 359 miles [577.8 km] to the East Southeast.


Allegany County

Our profile page for Orleans, Allegany County

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

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


Barnstable County

Our profile page for Orleans, Barnstable County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,175 miles [1,891 km] to the East.


Ionia County

Our profile page for Orleans, Ionia County   [Map]

Distance: About 418 miles [672.7 km] to the East Northeast.


Kittson County

Our profile page for Orleans, Kittson County   [Map]

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


Polk County

Our profile page for Orleans, Polk County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 225 miles [362.1 km] to the South Southwest.


Harlan County

Our profile page for Orleans, Harlan County   [Map]

Distance: About 359 miles [577.8 km] to the West.

New York

Ontario County

Our profile page for Orleans, Ontario County   [Map]

Distance: About 812 miles [1,306.8 km] to the East Northeast.

North Carolina

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Orleans, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 710 miles [1,142.6 km] to the East Southeast.


Wood County

Our profile page for Orleans, Wood County

This community is historic.

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


Our profile page for Orleans   [Map]

Distance: About 921 miles [1,482.2 km] to the East Northeast.


Linn County

Our profile page for Orleans, Linn County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,563 miles [2,515.4 km] to the West Northwest.

South Dakota

Faulk County

Our profile page for Orleans, Faulk County

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

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


Orleans County

Our profile page for Orleans, Orleans County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,071 miles [1,723.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Orleans ...

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.

Blackhawk   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast of Orleans   [Map]

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

Coal City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Coatsville (MO)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Dean   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Drakesville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Mark   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

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

Unionville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [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 Orleans. 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.

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 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Orleans

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John William 'Bud' Clancy<9>

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 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Orleans

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Esther Denver

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Appanoose County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orleans. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7256, Longitude: -92.6574     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orleans 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 Orleans 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 317.796 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.02 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.366 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 Orleans, 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Orleans 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:

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