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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Otis 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 Otis. 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 Otis.

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

The Linn County sighting report from eBird.

Since Otis is near Johnson County and also Benton County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Johnson County

Sighting report for Benton 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 Otis.

How Far From Otis to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Otis to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Cedar Rapids [Map], which is the Seat of Linn County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 105 miles [169 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Otis to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 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 794 miles [1,277.8 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 46 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,322 miles [10,174.3 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 7,068 miles [11,374.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,959 miles [7,980.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Otis ...

We have found 18 communities that share the name Otis.

While the name Otis is unique within Iowa, we know of another 18 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Colorado

Washington County

Our profile page for Otis, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 602 miles [968.8 km] to the West.

Florida

Duval County

Our profile page for Otis, Duval County   [Map]

Distance: About 968 miles [1,557.8 km] to the Southeast.

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Otis, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,093 miles [1,759 km] to the South Southeast.

Indiana

LaPorte County

Our profile page for Otis, LaPorte County   [Map]

Distance: About 244 miles [392.7 km] to the East.

Kansas

Graham County

Our profile page for Otis, Graham County

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

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

Rush County

Our profile page for Otis, Rush County   [Map]

Distance: About 456 miles [733.9 km] to the West Southwest.

Louisiana

Rapides Parish

Our profile page for Otis, Rapides Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 743 miles [1,195.7 km] to the South.

Maine

Hancock County

Our profile page for Otis, Hancock County   [Map]

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

Massachusetts

Berkshire County

Our profile page for Otis, Berkshire County   [Map]

Distance: About 948 miles [1,525.7 km] to the East.

Missouri

New Madrid County

Our profile page for Otis, New Madrid County   [Map]

Distance: About 384 miles [618 km] to the South Southeast.

New Brunswick

Our profile page for Otis   [Map]

Distance: About 1,238 miles [1,992.4 km] to the East Northeast.

New Mexico

Eddy County

Our profile page for Otis, Eddy County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 955 miles [1,536.9 km] to the Southwest.

New York

Monroe County

Our profile page for Otis, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 703 miles [1,131.4 km] to the East.

North Carolina

Yadkin County

Our profile page for Otis, Yadkin County

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

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

Oregon

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Otis, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,622 miles [2,610.4 km] to the West Northwest.

South Dakota

Custer County

Our profile page for Otis, Custer County

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

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

Washington

Spokane County

Our profile page for Otis, Spokane County

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

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

Wisconsin

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Otis, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 248 miles [399.1 km] to the North Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Otis ...

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.

Cedar Rapids   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest of Otis   [Map]

Grand View Village   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Hiawatha   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Lincolnway Village   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Marion   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Robins   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]

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

Toddville   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Twin View Heights   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [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 Otis. 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.

Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak

Major League Baseball. He was born in Brooklyn (New York) on Friday April 28, 1916 and died in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Tueday July 25, 1967 at an age of 51. He was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Linn County, Iowa) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the northwest of Otis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak<9>

Paul Conrad

Political cartoonist. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Friday June 27, 1924 and died in Rancho Palos Verdes (California) on Saturday September 4, 2010 at an age of 86. He was buried at Green Hills Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the northwest of Otis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Conrad

Frank Conroy

Author. He was born in New York (New York) on Wednesday January 15, 1936 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday April 6, 2005 at an age of 69. He was buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Iowa City [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Otis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Conroy

Don DeFore     (Born as Donald John DeFore)

Actor. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Monday August 25, 1913 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Wednesday December 22, 1993 at an age of 80. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the northwest of Otis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don DeFore

Herbert Hoover

31st President of the US (1929 - 1933). He was born in West Branch (Iowa) on Monday August 10, 1874 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday October 20, 1964 at an age of 90.

West Branch [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Otis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herbert Hoover

Edmund John 'Bing' Miller

Major League Baseball. He was born in Vinton (Iowa) on Thursday August 30, 1894 and died in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Saturday May 7, 1966 at an age of 71. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Vinton [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Otis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edmund John 'Bing' Miller

James Alfred Van Allen

Scientist, astrophysicist. He was born in Mount Pleasant (Iowa) on Monday September 7, 1914 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday August 9, 2006 at an age of 91. He was buried at Southampton Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Iowa City [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Otis

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Alfred Van Allen

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Linn County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Linn County: www.co.linn.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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Otis) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Otis. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.9514, Longitude: -91.6232     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Otis 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 Otis 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 317.123 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.412 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.551 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 Otis 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 Otis, 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: findagrave.com.

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