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Otho, Iowa

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The location of Otho

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Otho 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 Otho. 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 Otho.

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

The Webster County sighting report from eBird.

Since Otho is near Hamilton County and also Calhoun County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Hamilton County

Sighting report for Calhoun 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 Otho.

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

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

  • Fort Dodge [Map], which is the Seat of Webster County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 63 miles [101.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could walk a straight line from Otho to Des Moines, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 927 miles [1,491.9 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 37 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,384 miles [10,274.1 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 7,135 miles [11,482.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,035 miles [8,103 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Otho ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Otho.

While the name Otho is unique within Iowa, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Henry County

Our profile page for Otho, Henry County   [Map]

Distance: About 891 miles [1,433.9 km] to the Southeast.


Fleming County

Our profile page for Otho, Fleming County

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

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


Scott County

Our profile page for Otho, Scott County   [Map]

Distance: About 749 miles [1,205.4 km] to the South Southeast.


Morgan County

Our profile page for Otho, Morgan County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 674 miles [1,084.7 km] to the East Southeast.


Gonzales County

Our profile page for Otho, Gonzales County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Otho ...

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.

Badger   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North of Otho   [Map]

Brushy   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Coalville   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Highview   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Homer   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Judd   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Moorland   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Palm Grove   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Shady Oak   -   2 miles [3.2 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 Otho. 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.

Charles Edward 'Buster' Brown

Major League Baseball. He was born in Boone (Iowa) on Wednesday August 31, 1881 and died in Sioux City (Iowa) on Monday February 9, 1914 at an age of 32. He was buried at Onawa Cemetery (Monona County, Iowa) [Map].

Boone [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Otho

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Edward 'Buster' Brown<9>

Mamie Eisenhower

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 - 1961). She was born in Boone (Iowa) on Saturday November 14, 1896 and died in Washington, DC [Map] on Thursday November 1, 1979 at an age of 83.

Boone [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Otho

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mamie Eisenhower

Frank Gotch

Professional wrestler. He was born in Humboldt (Iowa) on Friday April 27, 1877 and died in Humboldt (Iowa) on Sunday December 16, 1917 at an age of 40.

Humboldt [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Otho

Humboldt [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Otho

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Gotch

Thomas Orlo Heggen

Author, playwright. He was born in Fort Dodge (Iowa) on Tueday December 23, 1919 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday May 19, 1949 at an age of 29. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Fort Dodge [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the north of Otho

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Orlo Heggen

Harry Reasoner

Journalist. He was born in Dakota City (Iowa) on Tueday April 17, 1923 and died in Norwalk (Connecticut) on Tueday August 6, 1991 at an age of 68.

Dakota City [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Otho

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Reasoner

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Webster County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Webster County:

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Otho) 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 Otho. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Otho

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Otho. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4247, Longitude: -94.1504     [Map].

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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 Otho 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 318.88 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.49 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.744 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 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 Otho 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 Otho, 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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