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Ottosen, Iowa

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The location of Ottosen

Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Ottosen, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Ottosen and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ottosen 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 Ottosen. 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 Ottosen.

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

The Humboldt County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ottosen is near Palo Alto County and also Kossuth County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Palo Alto County

Sighting report for Kossuth 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 Ottosen.

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

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

  • Dakota City [Map], which is the Seat of Humboldt County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Ottosen to Dakota City, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 97 miles [156.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 944 miles [1,519.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 37 days and walking would take 54 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,367 miles [10,246.7 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 7,119 miles [11,456.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,022 miles [8,082.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ottosen ...

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.

Arnold   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast of Ottosen   [Map]

Cylinder   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Humboldt   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Livermore   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Mallard   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Plover   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Rubens Siding   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Rutland   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Unique   -   12 miles [19.3 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 Ottosen. 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.

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Ottosen

Humboldt [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast of Ottosen

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Gotch<7>

Joseph Hilarian 'Joe' Hatten

Major League Baseball. He was born in Bancroft (Iowa) on Tueday November 7, 1916 and died in Redding (California) on Friday December 16, 1988 at an age of 72. He was buried at Ogburn Inwood Cemetery (Shasta County, California) [Map].

Bancroft [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Ottosen

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joseph Hilarian 'Joe' Hatten

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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Ottosen

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast of Ottosen

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harry Reasoner

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Humboldt County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ottosen. 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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ottosen) 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 Ottosen. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ottosen

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ottosen. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.8981, Longitude: -94.3755     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ottosen 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 Ottosen 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 319.051 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.747 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.754 degrees.

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<7>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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