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Ozark, Iowa

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The location of Ozark

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ozark 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 Ozark. 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 Ozark.

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

The Jackson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ozark is near Jones County and also Dubuque County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Jones County

Sighting report for Dubuque 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 Ozark.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Ozark once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Ozark and extending to:

  • Maquoketa [Map], which is the Seat of Jackson County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Ozark to Maquoketa, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 146 miles [235 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). 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 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 759 miles [1,221.5 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,285 miles [10,114.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,030 miles [11,313.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,921 miles [7,919.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Ozark ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Ozark.

While the name Ozark is unique within Iowa, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Dale County

Our profile page for Ozark, Dale County   [Map]

Distance: About 793 miles [1,276.2 km] to the South Southeast.


Franklin County

Our profile page for Ozark, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 486 miles [782.1 km] to the South Southwest.


Johnson County

Our profile page for Ozark, Johnson County   [Map]

Distance: About 337 miles [542.3 km] to the South Southeast.


Anderson County

Our profile page for Ozark, Anderson County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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


Adair County

Our profile page for Ozark, Adair County   [Map]

Distance: About 461 miles [741.9 km] to the Southeast.


Mackinac County

Our profile page for Ozark, Mackinac County   [Map]

Distance: About 401 miles [645.3 km] to the Northeast.


Itawamba County

Our profile page for Ozark, Itawamba County   [Map]

Distance: About 550 miles [885.1 km] to the South Southeast.


Christian County

Our profile page for Ozark, Christian County   [Map]

Distance: About 376 miles [605.1 km] to the South Southwest.

North Carolina

Gaston County

Our profile page for Ozark, Gaston County   [Map]

Distance: About 706 miles [1,136.2 km] to the Southeast.

Wilkes County

Our profile page for Ozark, Wilkes County

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

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


Monroe County

Our profile page for Ozark, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 534 miles [859.4 km] to the East Southeast.


Cherokee County

Our profile page for Ozark, Cherokee County

This community is historic.

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

Jackson County

Our profile page for Ozark, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 687 miles [1,105.6 km] to the Southwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ozark ...

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.

Cascade   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest of Ozark   [Map]

Center Junction   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Clay Mills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Crab Town   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Dales Ford   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Garry Owen   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Ironhills   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Otter Creek   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Scotch Grove   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Temple Hill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Wyoming   -   9 miles [14.5 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 Ozark. 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.

Richard Bissell

Author. He was born in Dubuque (Iowa) on Friday June 27, 1913 and died in Dubuque (Iowa) on Wednesday May 4, 1977 at an age of 63. He was buried at Linwood Cemetery (Dubuque County, Iowa) [Map].

Dubuque [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of Ozark

Dubuque [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of Ozark

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Richard Bissell<9>

Dick Hoerner     (Born as Lester Junior Hoerner)

Professional football. He was born in Dubuque (Iowa) on Tueday July 25, 1922 and died in Fullerton (California) on Saturday December 11, 2010 at an age of 88. He was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Dubuque [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of Ozark

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dick Hoerner

Marian Hurd McNeely

Author. She was born in Dubuque (Iowa) on Thursday July 26, 1877 and died in Dubuque (Iowa) on Thursday December 18, 1930 at an age of 53. She was buried at Linwood Cemetery (Dubuque County, Iowa) [Map].

Dubuque [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of Ozark

Dubuque [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast of Ozark

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marian Hurd McNeely

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Jackson County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Ozark, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>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- Ozark) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ozark. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.1575, Longitude: -90.8743     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ozark have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Ozark to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 316.615 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.859 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.117 degrees.

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<8>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 Ozark 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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<9>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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