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Oxford Mills, Iowa

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The location of Oxford Mills

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Oxford Mills 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 Oxford Mills. 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 Oxford Mills.

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

The Jones County sighting report from eBird.

Since Oxford Mills is near Cedar County and also Clinton County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Cedar County

Sighting report for Clinton 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 Oxford Mills.

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

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

  • Anamosa [Map], which is the Seat of Jones County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Oxford Mills to Anamosa, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 139 miles [223.7 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 760 miles [1,223.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 44 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,297 miles [10,134 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 7,042 miles [11,333 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,933 miles [7,938.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Oxford Mills ...

While the name Oxford Mills is unique within Iowa, we know of one more community in Canada.

Communities Outside of Iowa


Our profile page for Oxford Mills   [Map]

Distance: About 788 miles [1,268.2 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Oxford Mills ...

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.

Amber   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest of Oxford Mills   [Map]

Big Rock   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Center Junction   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Clarence   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Clay Mills   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Crab Town   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Ironhills   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lost Nation   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Scotch Grove   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Wheatland   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Wyoming   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [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 Oxford Mills. 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.

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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of Oxford Mills

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herbert Hoover<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Jones County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jones County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oxford Mills) 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 Oxford Mills. 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 Oxford Mills

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oxford Mills. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.9702, Longitude: -90.9589     [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 Oxford Mills 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 316.67 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.897 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.209 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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