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Packwood, Iowa
(Jefferson County)

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The location of Packwood

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Packwood 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 Packwood. 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 Packwood.

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

The Jefferson County sighting report from eBird.

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

Sighting report for Keokuk County

Sighting report for Wapello 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 Packwood.

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

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

  • Fairfield [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Packwood to Fairfield, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 85 miles [136.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 809 miles [1,302 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 46 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,379 miles [10,266 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 7,124 miles [11,465 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,014 miles [8,069.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Packwood ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Packwood.

Within Iowa, there is just one other community named Packwood. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 3 communities in the United States - with 4 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Iowa

Communities outside of Iowa

Communities Outside of Iowa


Kern County

Our profile page for Packwood, Kern County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 1,555 miles [2,502.5 km] to the West.


Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Packwood, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,061 miles [1,707.5 km] to the South Southeast.


Lewis County

Our profile page for Packwood, Lewis County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,510 miles [2,430.1 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Packwood ...

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.

Cliffland   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest of Packwood   [Map]

Delta   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Germanville   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Grace Hill   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Harper   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Libertyville   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Martinsburg   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Marysville (Historic)   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pleasant Plain   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [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 Packwood. 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.

Mace Stanley Brown

Major League Baseball. He was born in North English (Iowa) on Friday May 21, 1909 and died in Greensboro (North Carolina) on Sunday March 24, 2002 at an age of 92. He was buried at Westminster Gardens Cemetery (Guilford County, North Carolina) [Map].

North English [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Packwood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mace Stanley Brown<8>

John William 'Bud' Clancy

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

Ottumwa [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Packwood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John William 'Bud' Clancy

Mary Esther Denver

Actress. She was born in Ottumwa (Iowa) 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].

Ottumwa [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southwest of Packwood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Esther Denver

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Jefferson County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Iowa:

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- Packwood) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Packwood. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Packwood

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Packwood. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1338, Longitude: -92.0825     [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 Packwood 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 317.417 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.639 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.983 degrees.

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<7>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 Packwood, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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:

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