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The location of Paris









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Paris 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 Paris. 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 Paris.

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

The Linn County sighting report from eBird.

Since Paris is near Delaware County and also Buchanan County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Delaware County

Sighting report for Buchanan 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 Paris.

How Far From Paris 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 Paris 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 Paris once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Paris and extending to:

  • Cedar Rapids [Map], which is the Seat of Linn County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Paris to Cedar Rapids, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 113 miles [181.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). 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 795 miles [1,279.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 46 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,305 miles [10,146.9 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 7,052 miles [11,349.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,945 miles [7,958.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Paris ...

We have found 37 communities that share the name Paris.

Within Iowa, there is just one other community named Paris. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 36 communities in the United States and Canada - with 35 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

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IdahoMichiganOhioTexas
 
IllinoisMississippiOklahomaVirginia
 
IndianaMissouriOntarioWisconsin
 
   Yukon

Alabama

Wilcox County

Our profile page for Paris, Wilcox County

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

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

Arkansas

Greene County

Our profile page for Paris, Greene County   [Map]

This community is historic.

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

Logan County

Our profile page for Paris, Logan County   [Map]

Distance: About 493 miles [793.4 km] to the South Southwest.

California

Los Angeles County

Our profile page for Paris, Los Angeles County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,530 miles [2,462.3 km] to the West.

Georgia

Coweta County

Our profile page for Paris, Coweta County

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

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

Idaho

Bear Lake County

Our profile page for Paris, Bear Lake County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,011 miles [1,627 km] to the West.

Illinois

Edgar County

Our profile page for Paris, Edgar County   [Map]

Distance: About 271 miles [436.1 km] to the Southeast.

Indiana

Jennings County

Our profile page for Paris, Jennings County   [Map]

Distance: About 390 miles [627.6 km] to the Southeast.

Kansas

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Paris, Lincoln County

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

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

Linn County

Our profile page for Paris, Linn County

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

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

Shawnee County

Our profile page for Paris, Shawnee County

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

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

Kentucky

Bourbon County

Our profile page for Paris, Bourbon County   [Map]

Distance: About 475 miles [764.4 km] to the Southeast.

Maine

Oxford County

Our profile page for Paris, Oxford County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,066 miles [1,715.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Maryland

Calvert County

Our profile page for Paris, Calvert County   [Map]

Distance: About 823 miles [1,324.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Michigan

Mecosta County

Our profile page for Paris, Mecosta County   [Map]

Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Mississippi

Lafayette County

Our profile page for Paris, Lafayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 568 miles [914.1 km] to the South Southeast.

Missouri

Monroe County

Our profile page for Paris, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 191 miles [307.4 km] to the South.

Montana

McCone County

Our profile page for Paris, McCone County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 793 miles [1,276.2 km] to the West Northwest.

New Hampshire

Coos County

Our profile page for Paris, Coos County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,026 miles [1,651.2 km] to the East Northeast.

New York

Oneida County

Our profile page for Paris, Oneida County   [Map]

Distance: About 826 miles [1,329.3 km] to the East.

North Carolina

Anson County

Our profile page for Paris, Anson County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 801 miles [1,289.1 km] to the Southeast.

Ohio

Guernsey County

Our profile page for Paris, Guernsey County

This community is historic.

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

Portage County

Our profile page for Paris, Portage County   [Map]

Distance: About 547 miles [880.3 km] to the East.

Stark County

Our profile page for Paris, Stark County   [Map]

Distance: About 547 miles [880.3 km] to the East.

Oklahoma

Kingfisher County

Our profile page for Paris, Kingfisher County

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

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

Ontario

Our profile page for Paris   [Map]

Distance: About 571 miles [918.9 km] to the East.

Oregon

Lane County

Our profile page for Paris, Lane County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,614 miles [2,597.5 km] to the West Northwest.

Malheur County

Our profile page for Paris, Malheur County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,298 miles [2,088.9 km] to the West Northwest.

Pennsylvania

Washington County

Our profile page for Paris, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 587 miles [944.7 km] to the East.

South Carolina

Greenville County

Our profile page for Paris, Greenville County   [Map]

Distance: About 709 miles [1,141 km] to the Southeast.

Spartanburg County

Our profile page for Paris, Spartanburg County

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

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

Tennessee

Henry County

Our profile page for Paris, Henry County   [Map]

Distance: About 445 miles [716.2 km] to the South Southeast.

Texas

Lamar County

Our profile page for Paris, Lamar County   [Map]

Distance: About 630 miles [1,013.9 km] to the South Southwest.

Virginia

Fauquier County

Our profile page for Paris, Fauquier County   [Map]

Distance: About 747 miles [1,202.2 km] to the East Southeast.

Wisconsin

Kenosha County

Our profile page for Paris, Kenosha County   [Map]

Distance: About 181 miles [291.3 km] to the East.

Yukon

Our profile page for Paris   [Map]

Distance: About 2,371 miles [3,815.8 km] to the Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Paris ...

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.

Alice   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest of Paris   [Map]

Center Point   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Golden   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Jordans Grove   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Marion   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Prairieburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Robins   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Rogers   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Toddville   -   11 miles [17.7 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 Paris. 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.

Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak

Major League Baseball. He was born in Brooklyn (New York) on Friday April 28, 1916 and died in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Tueday July 25, 1967 at an age of 51. He was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery (Linn County, Iowa) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Paris

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael George 'Shotgun' Chartak<9>

Paul Conrad

Political cartoonist. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Friday June 27, 1924 and died in Rancho Palos Verdes (California) on Saturday September 4, 2010 at an age of 86. He was buried at Green Hills Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Paris

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Conrad

Don DeFore     (Born as Donald John DeFore)

Actor. He was born in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) on Monday August 25, 1913 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Wednesday December 22, 1993 at an age of 80. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Cedar Rapids [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Paris

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don DeFore

Edmund John 'Bing' Miller

Major League Baseball. He was born in Vinton (Iowa) on Thursday August 30, 1894 and died in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Saturday May 7, 1966 at an age of 71. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Vinton [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the west of Paris

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edmund John 'Bing' Miller

Frank H. Wheeler

Auto racing pioneer. He was born in Manchester (Iowa) on Saturday October 24, 1863 and died in Indianapolis (Indiana) on Friday May 27, 1921 at an age of 57. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery (Marion County, Indiana) [Map].

Manchester [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Paris

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank H. Wheeler

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Linn County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Linn County: www.co.linn.ia.us/

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

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 Paris, 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 from Point A (ie- Paris) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Paris. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.2386, Longitude: -91.5791     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Paris 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 Paris 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 317.098 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.422 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.457 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Paris 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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