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Ottumwa, Iowa

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The location of Ottumwa

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ottumwa 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 Ottumwa. 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 Ottumwa.

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

The Wapello County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ottumwa is near Davis County and also Keokuk County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Davis County

Sighting report for Keokuk 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 Ottumwa.

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

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

  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 74 miles [119.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). If you could drive a straight line from Ottumwa 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 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 825 miles [1,327.7 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 33 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 6,397 miles [10,295 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 7,142 miles [11,493.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,032 miles [8,098.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ottumwa ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Ottumwa.

While the name Ottumwa is unique within Iowa, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Coffey County

Our profile page for Ottumwa, Coffey County   [Map]

Distance: About 261 miles [420 km] to the Southwest.

South Dakota

Haakon County

Our profile page for Ottumwa, Haakon County   [Map]

Distance: About 505 miles [812.7 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ottumwa ...

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.

Blackhawk   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest of Ottumwa   [Map]

Business Corners (Historic)   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Carbon   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Cedar   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Cliffland   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Drakesville   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Dunnville (Historic)   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Frederic   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Kirkville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Martinsburg   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Pickwick   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Pleasant Corner   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pleasant View (Historic)   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South   [Map]

White Elm   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [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 Ottumwa. 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.

John William 'Bud' Clancy

Major League Baseball. He was born in Odell (Illinois) on Saturday September 15, 1900 and died in Ottumwa on Thursday September 26, 1968 at an age of 68. He was buried at St. Paul Cemetery (Livingston County, Illinois) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John William 'Bud' Clancy<7>

Mary Esther Denver

Actress. She was born in Ottumwa on Friday May 10, 1918 and died in Hollywood (California) on Tueday June 3, 1980 at an age of 62. She was buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Esther Denver

Lillian Miles

Actress. She was born in Oskaloosa (Iowa) on Thursday August 1, 1907 and died in Yucca Valley (California) on Sunday February 27, 1972 at an age of 64. She was buried at Montecito Memorial Park (San Bernardino County, California) [Map].

Oskaloosa [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest of Ottumwa

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lillian Miles

Tyler Sash

Professional football. He was born in Oskaloosa (Iowa) on Sunday March 27, 1988 and died in Oskaloosa (Iowa) on Tueday September 8, 2015 at an age of 27. He was buried at Forest Memorial Gardens (Mahaska County, Iowa) [Map].

Oskaloosa [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest of Ottumwa

Oskaloosa [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest of Ottumwa

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tyler Sash

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Wapello County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ottumwa:

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- Ottumwa) 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 Ottumwa. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ottumwa

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ottumwa. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0178, Longitude: -92.4108     [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 Ottumwa 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 317.637 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.877 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.175 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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