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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Packard 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 Packard. 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 Packard.

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

The Butler County sighting report from eBird.

Since Packard is near Floyd County and also Bremer County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Floyd County

Sighting report for Bremer 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 Packard.

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

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

  • Allison [Map], which is the Seat of Butler County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 97 miles [156.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Packard 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 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 862 miles [1,387.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 49 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,314 miles [10,161.4 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 7,064 miles [11,368.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,962 miles [7,985.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Packard ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Packard.

While the name Packard is unique within Iowa, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Iowa

Kentucky

Whitley County

Our profile page for Packard, Whitley County   [Map]

Distance: About 627 miles [1,009.1 km] to the Southeast.

Michigan

Eaton County

Our profile page for Packard, Eaton County   [Map]

Distance: About 412 miles [663 km] to the East.

Lenawee County

Our profile page for Packard, Lenawee County

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

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

Van Buren County

Our profile page for Packard, Van Buren County

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

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

Missouri

Hickory County

Our profile page for Packard, Hickory County

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

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

Nevada

Pershing County

Our profile page for Packard, Pershing County

This community is historic.<8>

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

Washington

Adams County

Our profile page for Packard, Adams County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,286 miles [2,069.6 km] to the West Northwest.

Wisconsin

Marinette County

Our profile page for Packard, Marinette County   [Map]

Distance: About 303 miles [487.6 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Packard ...

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.

Charles City   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North of Packard   [Map]

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

Greene   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Marble Rock   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pilot Rock   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Powersville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Roseville   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Shell Rock   -   12 miles [19.3 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 Packard. 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.

Robert James Waller

Author. He was born in Rockford (Iowa) on Tueday August 1, 1939 and died in Fredericksburg (Texas) on Friday March 10, 2017 at an age of 77.

Rockford [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest of Packard

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert James Waller<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Butler County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Butler County: www.butlercoiowa.org/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Packard. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.8508, Longitude: -92.7321     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Packard 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 Packard 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 317.903 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.426 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.901 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 Packard 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>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 Packard, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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: findagrave.com.

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