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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ortonville 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 Ortonville. 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 Ortonville.

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

The Dallas County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ortonville is near Polk County and also Madison County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Polk County

Sighting report for Madison 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 Ortonville.

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

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

  • Adel [Map], which is the Seat of Dallas County, lies just to the West.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East (E). If you could walk a straight line from Ortonville to Des Moines, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 909 miles [1,462.9 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 6,419 miles [10,330.4 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 7,169 miles [11,537.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,065 miles [8,151.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ortonville ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Ortonville.

While the name Ortonville is unique within Iowa, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

California

Ventura County

Our profile page for Ortonville, Ventura County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,461 miles [2,351.3 km] to the West.

Michigan

Oakland County

Our profile page for Ortonville, Oakland County   [Map]

Distance: About 543 miles [873.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Minnesota

Big Stone County

Our profile page for Ortonville, Big Stone County   [Map]

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

New Brunswick

Our profile page for Ortonville   [Map]

Distance: About 1,343 miles [2,161.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ortonville ...

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.

Commerce   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast of Ortonville   [Map]

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

Kennedy   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Panther   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Quarry   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Redfield   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Rider   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Valley Junction   -   13 miles [20.9 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 Ortonville. 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.

Bill Daily     (William Edward Daily, Jr.)

Actor, comedian. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Tueday August 30, 1927 and died in Santa Fe (New Mexico) on Tueday September 4, 2018 at an age of 91.

Des Moines [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Ortonville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bill Daily<7>

Frank Jenks

Actor, musician. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Tueday November 4, 1902 and died in Hollywood (California) on Sunday May 13, 1962 at an age of 59. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Ortonville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Jenks

Ruth Kobart

Actress. She was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Thursday April 24, 1924 and died in San Francisco (California) on Saturday December 14, 2002 at an age of 78. She was buried at Temple Israel Memorial Park (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Ortonville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ruth Kobart

Hermas Walter 'Herm' McFarland

Professional baseball. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Friday March 11, 1870 and died in Richmond (Virginia) on Saturday September 21, 1935 at an age of 65. He was buried at Riverview Cemetery (Richmond City, Virginia) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Ortonville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hermas Walter 'Herm' McFarland

Harry T. Robinson

Actor. He was born in Des Moines (Iowa) on Saturday June 1, 1872 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday September 8, 1946 at an age of 74. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Des Moines [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Ortonville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry T. Robinson

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 19 miles [30.6 km] to the south of Ortonville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Wayne

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Dallas County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dallas County: www.co.dallas.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' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ortonville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ortonville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.6150, Longitude: -93.9597     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ortonville 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 Ortonville 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 318.722 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.202 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.828 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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