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The location of Palestine









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Palestine 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 Palestine. 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 Palestine.

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

The Van Buren County sighting report from eBird.

Since Palestine is near Lee County and also Clark County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Lee County

Sighting report for Clark 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 Palestine.

How Far From Palestine to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Palestine 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 Palestine once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Palestine and extending to:

  • Keosauqua [Map], which is the Seat of Van Buren County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Palestine to Keosauqua, with an average speed<3> 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 113 miles [181.9 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 791 miles [1,273 km] to the East (E). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 45 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,391 miles [10,285.3 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 7,135 miles [11,482.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,023 miles [8,083.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Palestine ...

We have found 34 communities that share the name Palestine.

While the name Palestine is unique within Iowa, we know of another 34 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Iowa

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Alabama

Cleburne County

Our profile page for Palestine, Cleburne County   [Map]

Distance: About 581 miles [935 km] to the Southeast.

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Palestine, Lauderdale County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 460 miles [740.3 km] to the South Southeast.

Arkansas

Randolph County

Our profile page for Palestine, Randolph County   [Map]

Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the South.

Saint Francis County

Our profile page for Palestine, Saint Francis County   [Map]

Distance: About 398 miles [640.5 km] to the South.

Connecticut

Fairfield County

Our profile page for Palestine, Fairfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 961 miles [1,546.6 km] to the East.

Illinois

Crawford County

Our profile page for Palestine, Crawford County   [Map]

Distance: About 250 miles [402.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Indiana

Franklin County

Our profile page for Palestine, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 373 miles [600.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Kosciusko County

Our profile page for Palestine, Kosciusko County   [Map]

Distance: About 306 miles [492.5 km] to the East.

Kansas

Sumner County

Our profile page for Palestine, Sumner County

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

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

Louisiana

Washington Parish

Our profile page for Palestine, Washington Parish

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

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

Michigan

Menominee County

Our profile page for Palestine, Menominee County   [Map]

Distance: About 389 miles [626 km] to the North Northeast.

Mississippi

Clay County

Our profile page for Palestine, Clay County   [Map]

Distance: About 507 miles [815.9 km] to the South Southeast.

Hinds County

Our profile page for Palestine, Hinds County   [Map]

Distance: About 592 miles [952.7 km] to the South.

Pearl River County

Our profile page for Palestine, Pearl River County   [Map]

Distance: About 711 miles [1,144.2 km] to the South.

Yalobusha County

Our profile page for Palestine, Yalobusha County   [Map]

Distance: About 465 miles [748.3 km] to the South Southeast.

Nebraska

Platte County

Our profile page for Palestine, Platte County

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

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

North Carolina

Stanly County

Our profile page for Palestine, Stanly County   [Map]

Distance: About 729 miles [1,173.2 km] to the East Southeast.

Ohio

Adams County

Our profile page for Palestine, Adams County

This community is historic.

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

Darke County

Our profile page for Palestine, Darke County   [Map]

Distance: About 373 miles [600.3 km] to the East.

Pickaway County

Our profile page for Palestine, Pickaway County

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

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

Ontario

Our profile page for Palestine

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

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

Oregon

Benton County

Our profile page for Palestine, Benton County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,605 miles [2,583 km] to the West Northwest.

Multnomah County

Our profile page for Palestine, Multnomah County

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

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

Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

Our profile page for Palestine, Clearfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 708 miles [1,139.4 km] to the East.

Tennessee

Chester County

Our profile page for Palestine, Chester County   [Map]

Distance: About 407 miles [655 km] to the South Southeast.

Henderson County

Our profile page for Palestine, Henderson County   [Map]

Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the South Southeast.

Henry County

Our profile page for Palestine, Henry County   [Map]

Distance: About 356 miles [572.9 km] to the South Southeast.

Lewis County

Our profile page for Palestine, Lewis County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 423 miles [680.8 km] to the Southeast.

Robertson County

Our profile page for Palestine, Robertson County

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

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

Texas

Anderson County

Our profile page for Palestine, Anderson County   [Map]

Distance: About 653 miles [1,050.9 km] to the South Southwest.

Hopkins County

Our profile page for Palestine, Hopkins County   [Map]

Distance: About 570 miles [917.3 km] to the South Southwest.

Polk County

Our profile page for Palestine, Polk County

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

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

West Virginia

Greenbrier County

Our profile page for Palestine, Greenbrier County   [Map]

Distance: About 630 miles [1,013.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Wirt County

Our profile page for Palestine, Wirt County   [Map]

Distance: About 562 miles [904.5 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Palestine ...

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.

Big Mound   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast of Palestine   [Map]

Bonaparte   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Harrisburg   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

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

Peaksville (MO)   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South   [Map]

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

Pilot Grove   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Pleasant Hill (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Plymouth   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Palestine. 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.

Raymond McKee

Actor. He was born in Keokuk (Iowa) on Wednesday December 7, 1892 and died in Long Beach (California) on Wednesday October 3, 1984 at an age of 91. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Keokuk [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Palestine

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Raymond McKee<9>

James Alfred Van Allen

Scientist, astrophysicist. He was born in Mount Pleasant (Iowa) on Monday September 7, 1914 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday August 9, 2006 at an age of 91. He was buried at Southampton Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Mount Pleasant [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast of Palestine

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Alfred Van Allen

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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 Palestine, 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' (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- Palestine) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Palestine. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.6945, Longitude: -91.7941     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Palestine 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 Palestine 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 317.208 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.34 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.942 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 Palestine 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: findagrave.com.

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