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Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Otranto.
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 Otranto, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Otranto and the surrounding area.
Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:
The National Weather Service forecast for Otranto and surrounding area.
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 Otranto. 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 Otranto.
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 Otranto is near Worth County and also Mower County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:
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 Otranto.
How Far From Otranto 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 community such as Otranto to various places of note, such as the White House.
With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Otranto and extending to:
Communities Also Named Otranto ...
We have found 2 communities that share the name Otranto.
While the name Otranto is unique within Iowa, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.
Communities Outside of Iowa
Our profile page for Otranto, Barnwell County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Barnwell County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.
Distance: About 1,006 miles [1,619 km] to the Southeast.
Curious and Interesting Names Near Otranto ...
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.
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 Otranto. 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.
Buddy Holly (Charles Hardin Holley)
Musician. He was born in Lubbock (Texas) on Monday September 7, 1936 and died in Clear Lake (Iowa) on Tueday February 3, 1959 at an age of 22. He was buried at City of Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock County, Texas) [Map].
Ritchie Valens (Born as Richard Steven Valenzuela)
Musician. He was born in Pacoima (California) on Tueday May 13, 1941 and died in Clear Lake (Iowa) on Tueday February 3, 1959 at an age of 17. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].
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.
Other Roadside Stops ...
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Otranto. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/
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This page was last modified: 13 Oct 2019