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Parnell, Iowa

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The location of Parnell

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Parnell 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 Parnell. 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 Parnell.

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

The Iowa County sighting report from eBird.

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

Sighting report for Keokuk County

Sighting report for Washington 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 Parnell.

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

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

  • Marengo [Map], which is the Seat of Iowa County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Parnell to Marengo, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Des Moines [Map], which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 83 miles [133.6 km] to the West (W). 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 6,354 miles [10,225.8 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 7,100 miles [11,426.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,991 miles [8,032.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Parnell ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Parnell.

While the name Parnell is unique within Iowa, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Iowa

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Chilton County

Our profile page for Parnell, Chilton County   [Map]

Distance: About 674 miles [1,084.7 km] to the South Southeast.


Lonoke County

Our profile page for Parnell, Lonoke County   [Map]

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


Columbia County

Our profile page for Parnell, Columbia County

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

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


De Witt County

Our profile page for Parnell, De Witt County   [Map]

Distance: About 195 miles [313.8 km] to the East Southeast.


Atchison County

Our profile page for Parnell, Atchison County   [Map]

Distance: About 220 miles [354.1 km] to the Southwest.


Wayne County

Our profile page for Parnell, Wayne County   [Map]

Distance: About 498 miles [801.5 km] to the Southeast.


Kent County

Our profile page for Parnell, Kent County   [Map]

Distance: About 351 miles [564.9 km] to the East Northeast.


Nodaway County

Our profile page for Parnell, Nodaway County   [Map]

Distance: About 157 miles [252.7 km] to the West Southwest.


Greeley County

Our profile page for Parnell, Greeley County

This community is historic.<8>

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


Hall County

Our profile page for Parnell, Hall County   [Map]

Distance: About 674 miles [1,084.7 km] to the Southwest.

Roberts County

Our profile page for Parnell, Roberts County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 615 miles [989.7 km] to the Southwest.


Sheboygan County

Our profile page for Parnell, Sheboygan County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Parnell ...

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.

Amish   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East of Parnell   [Map]

Aurora   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Coal Creek   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Coralville   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Deep River   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the West   [Map]

Green Castle (Historic)   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Green Center   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Guernsey   -   18 miles [29 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Homestead   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Jamestown   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Vulcan (Historic)   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

What Cheer   -   22 miles [35.4 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 Parnell. 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 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest of Parnell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mace Stanley Brown<9>

Frank Conroy

Author. He was born in New York (New York) on Wednesday January 15, 1936 and died in Iowa City (Iowa) on Wednesday April 6, 2005 at an age of 69. He was buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Iowa City [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Parnell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Conroy

Francis D. Moran

Professional football. He was born in Belle Plaine (Iowa) on Wednesday July 31, 1901 and died in New Milford (Connecticut) on Friday December 30, 1994 at an age of 93.

Belle Plaine [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Parnell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Francis D. Moran

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 48 miles [77.2 km] to the southeast of Parnell

Iowa City [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Parnell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Alfred Van Allen

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Iowa County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Parnell. 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Parnell) 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 Parnell. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Parnell

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Parnell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5837, Longitude: -92.0046     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Parnell 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 Parnell 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 317.376 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.652 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.836 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 Parnell 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 Parnell, 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:

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