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Parkersburg, Iowa

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Parkersburg 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 Parkersburg. 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 Parkersburg.

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 Parkersburg is near Grundy County and also Black Hawk County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Grundy County

Sighting report for Black Hawk 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 Parkersburg.

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

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

  • Allison [Map], which is the Seat of Butler County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Parkersburg to Allison, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 80 miles [128.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). 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 860 miles [1,384 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 6,330 miles [10,187.1 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 7,079 miles [11,392.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,976 miles [8,008.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Parkersburg ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Parkersburg.

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

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Chatham County

Our profile page for Parkersburg, Chatham County   [Map]

Distance: About 972 miles [1,564.3 km] to the Southeast.


Richland County

Our profile page for Parkersburg, Richland County   [Map]

Distance: About 370 miles [595.5 km] to the Southeast.


Montgomery County

Our profile page for Parkersburg, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 357 miles [574.5 km] to the East Southeast.


Chickasaw County

Our profile page for Parkersburg, Chickasaw County   [Map]

Distance: About 629 miles [1,012.3 km] to the South Southeast.

North Carolina

Sampson County

Our profile page for Parkersburg, Sampson County   [Map]

Distance: About 937 miles [1,508 km] to the East Southeast.


Custer County

Our profile page for Parkersburg, Custer County   [Map]

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


Coos County

Our profile page for Parkersburg, Coos County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,588 miles [2,555.6 km] to the West Northwest.

West Virginia

Wood County

Our profile page for Parkersburg, Wood County   [Map]

Distance: About 628 miles [1,010.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Parkersburg ...

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.

Dairyville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast of Parkersburg   [Map]

Dike   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Fern   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Finchford   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Fredsville   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Lincoln   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Shell Rock   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Stout   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Parkersburg. 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.

Lou Hoover

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Herbert Hoover (1929 - 1933). She was born in Waterloo (Iowa) on Sunday March 29, 1874 and died in New York (New York) on Friday January 7, 1944 at an age of 69.

Waterloo [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Parkersburg

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lou Hoover<7>

Reggie Roby

Professional football. He was born in Waterloo (Iowa) on Sunday July 30, 1961 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Tueday February 22, 2005 at an age of 43. He was buried at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Waterloo [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Parkersburg

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Reggie Roby

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Butler County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Butler County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Parkersburg. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.5740, Longitude: -92.7788     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Parkersburg 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 Parkersburg 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 317.93 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.42 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.993 degrees.

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<7>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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