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Osage, Iowa

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The location of Osage

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Osage 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 Osage. 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 Osage.

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 Osage is near Floyd County and also Worth County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Floyd County

Sighting report for Worth 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 Osage.

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

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

  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 123 miles [197.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Osage 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 873 miles [1,405 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 35 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 6,294 miles [10,129.2 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 7,045 miles [11,337.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,945 miles [7,958.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Osage ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Osage.

While the name Osage is unique within Iowa, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Carroll County

Our profile page for Osage, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 491 miles [790.2 km] to the South.


Franklin County

Our profile page for Osage, Franklin County

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

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


Miami County

Our profile page for Osage, Miami County

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

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


Becker County

Our profile page for Osage, Becker County   [Map]

Distance: About 277 miles [445.8 km] to the North Northwest.


Cole County

Our profile page for Osage, Cole County

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

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

New Jersey

Camden County

Our profile page for Osage, Camden County   [Map]

Distance: About 947 miles [1,524 km] to the East.


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Osage, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 650 miles [1,046.1 km] to the East Southeast.


Osage County

Our profile page for Osage, Osage County   [Map]

Distance: About 518 miles [833.6 km] to the South Southwest.


Our profile page for Osage   [Map]

Distance: About 686 miles [1,104 km] to the Northwest.


Henry County

Our profile page for Osage, Henry County   [Map]

Distance: About 532 miles [856.2 km] to the South Southeast.


Colorado County

Our profile page for Osage, Colorado County

This community is historic.<8>

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

Coryell County

Our profile page for Osage, Coryell County   [Map]

Distance: About 852 miles [1,371.2 km] to the South Southwest.


Patrick County

Our profile page for Osage, Patrick County

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

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

West Virginia

Monongalia County

Our profile page for Osage, Monongalia County   [Map]

Distance: About 707 miles [1,137.8 km] to the East Southeast.


Weston County

Our profile page for Osage, Weston County   [Map]

Distance: About 581 miles [935 km] to the West.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Osage ...

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.

Dixie   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West of Osage   [Map]

Floyd   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

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

Little Cedar   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Mitchell   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Rock Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Stacyville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Stacyville Junction   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [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 Osage. 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 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest of Osage

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Mitchell County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Osage. 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 '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- Osage) 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 Osage. 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 Osage

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Osage. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.2830, Longitude: -92.8119     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Osage 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 Osage 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 317.965 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.554 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.835 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 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 Osage 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>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 Osage, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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