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The location of Pacific Junction









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Pacific Junction 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 Pacific Junction. 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 Pacific Junction.

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

The Mills County sighting report from eBird.

Since Pacific Junction is near Cass County and also Sarpy County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Cass County

Sighting report for Sarpy 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Pacific Junction.

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

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

  • Glenwood [Map], which is the Seat of Mills County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 120 miles [193.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Pacific Junction to Des Moines, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 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 1,001 miles [1,611 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 57 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,513 miles [10,481.7 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 7,264 miles [11,690.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,163 miles [8,309 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Pacific Junction ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Pacific Junction.

While the name Pacific Junction is unique within Iowa, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

Illinois

Cook County

Our profile page for Pacific Junction, Cook County   [Map]

Distance: About 422 miles [679.1 km] to the East.

Montana

Chouteau County

Our profile page for Pacific Junction, Chouteau County

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

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

Hill County

Our profile page for Pacific Junction, Hill County   [Map]

Distance: About 857 miles [1,379.2 km] to the Northwest.

New Brunswick

Our profile page for Pacific Junction   [Map]

Distance: About 1,570 miles [2,526.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Oklahoma

Canadian County

Our profile page for Pacific Junction, Canadian County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Pacific Junction ...

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.

Cedar Creek (NE)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the West of Pacific Junction   [Map]

Clark   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Council Bluffs   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Dumfries   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Fort Crook (NE)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Mineola   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Murray (NE)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Paradise Park (NE)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Randolph   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rock Bluff (NE)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Silver City   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Union (NE)   -   15 miles [24.1 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 Pacific Junction. 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.

Fred Astaire     (Born as Frederick Austerlitz)

Actor, entertainer. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Wednesday May 10, 1899 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday June 22, 1987 at an age of 88. He was buried at Oakwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Fred Astaire<8>

Art Babbit     (Born as Arthur Harold Babitsky)

Animator. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Tueday October 8, 1907 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday March 4, 1992 at an age of 84. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Art Babbit

Jacob Henry 'Buddy' Baer

Professional boxer. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Friday June 11, 1915 and died in Martinez (California) on Friday July 18, 1986 at an age of 71. He was buried at Sierra Hills Memorial Park (Sacramento County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jacob Henry 'Buddy' Baer

Lee Beggs

Actor. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Saturday December 3, 1870 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday November 18, 1943 at an age of 72. He was buried at Kensico Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lee Beggs

Bob Boozer     (Robert Louis Boozer)

Professional basketball. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Monday April 26, 1937 and died in Omaha (Nebraska) on Saturday May 19, 2012 at an age of 75. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pacific Junction

Omaha [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bob Boozer

Marlon Brando

Oscar winning actor, director, activist. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Thursday April 3, 1924 and died in Westwood (California) on Thursday July 1, 2004 at an age of 80.

Omaha [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marlon Brando

Don Chandler

Professional football. He was born in Council Bluffs (Iowa) on Wednesday September 5, 1934 and died in Tulsa (Oklahoma) on Thursday August 11, 2011 at an age of 76. He was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery (Tulsa County, Oklahoma) [Map].

Council Bluffs [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Chandler

Adele Astaire Douglass     (Born as Adele Marie Austerlitz)

Entertainer. She was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Friday September 10, 1897 and died in Scottsdale (Arizona) on Sunday January 25, 1981 at an age of 83. She was buried at Oakwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Adele Astaire Douglass

Gerald Ford     (Born as Leslie Lynch King)

38th President of the US (1974 - 1977). He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Monday July 14, 1913 and died in Rancho Mirage (California) on Tueday December 26, 2006 at an age of 93.

Omaha [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gerald Ford

Raymond Hatton

Actor. He was born in Red Oak (Iowa) on Thursday July 7, 1887 and died in Palmdale (California) on Thursday October 21, 1971 at an age of 84. He was buried at Joshua Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Red Oak [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Raymond Hatton

Dorothy McGuire

Actress. She was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Wednesday June 14, 1916 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Thursday September 13, 2001 at an age of 85.

Omaha [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dorothy McGuire

Buddy Miles     (George Allen Miles, Jr.)

Musician. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Friday September 5, 1947 and died in Austin (Texas) on Tueday February 26, 2008 at an age of 60.

Omaha [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buddy Miles

Anne Ramsey     (Born as Anne Mobley)

Actress. She was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Wednesday March 27, 1929 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday August 11, 1988 at an age of 59. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pacific Junction

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anne Ramsey

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Iowa

About Mills County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mills County: www.millscoia.us/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Pacific Junction) 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 Pacific Junction. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Pacific Junction

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pacific Junction. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0180, Longitude: -95.7996     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pacific Junction 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 Pacific Junction 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 319.979 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.573 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.903 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek 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 Pacific Junction 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: findagrave.com.

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