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Otterville, Iowa

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The location of Otterville

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Otterville 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 Otterville. 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 Otterville.

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

The Buchanan County sighting report from eBird.

Since Otterville is near Black Hawk County and also Fayette County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Black Hawk County

Sighting report for Fayette 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 Otterville.

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

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

  • Independence [Map], which is the Seat of Buchanan County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 106 miles [170.6 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Otterville 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 818 miles [1,316.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 47 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,305 miles [10,146.9 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 7,053 miles [11,350.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,947 miles [7,961.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Otterville ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Otterville.

While the name Otterville is unique within Iowa, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Jersey County

Our profile page for Otterville, Jersey County   [Map]

Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the South Southeast.


Greenwood County

Our profile page for Otterville, Greenwood County

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

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


Cooper County

Our profile page for Otterville, Cooper County   [Map]

Distance: About 268 miles [431.3 km] to the South Southwest.

New Hampshire

Merrimack County

Our profile page for Otterville, Merrimack County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,005 miles [1,617.4 km] to the East.


Our profile page for Otterville   [Map]

Distance: About 575 miles [925.4 km] to the East.


Bedford County

Our profile page for Otterville, Bedford County   [Map]

Distance: About 745 miles [1,199 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Otterville ...

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.

Doris   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East of Otterville   [Map]

Gatesville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Independence   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Littleton   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Shady Grove   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Stanley   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Vista   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Wise   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [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 Otterville. 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.

Fran Allison

Actress. She was born in La Porte City (Iowa) on Wednesday November 20, 1907 and died on Tueday June 13, 1989 at an age of 81. She was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Linn County, Iowa) [Map].

La Porte City [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Otterville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Fran Allison<8>

Lou Hoover

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Herbert Hoover (1929 - 1933). She was born in Waterloo (Iowa) on Sunday March 29, 1874 and died in New York (New York) on Friday January 7, 1944 at an age of 69.

Waterloo [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Otterville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lou 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Otterville

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

Reggie Roby

Professional football. He was born in Waterloo (Iowa) on Sunday July 30, 1961 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Tueday February 22, 2005 at an age of 43. He was buried at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Waterloo [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Otterville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reggie Roby

Frank H. Wheeler

Auto racing pioneer. He was born in Manchester (Iowa) on Saturday October 24, 1863 and died in Indianapolis (Indiana) on Friday May 27, 1921 at an age of 57. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery (Marion County, Indiana) [Map].

Manchester [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Otterville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank H. Wheeler

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Buchanan County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Buchanan 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Otterville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Otterville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.5086, Longitude: -91.9466     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Otterville 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 Otterville 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 317.354 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.752 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.578 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 Otterville 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>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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