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Soldier, Iowa

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Introduction ...

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

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

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Soldier

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 Soldier. 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 Soldier.

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

Sighting report for Monona County

Since Soldier is near Crawford County and also Harrison County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Crawford County

Sighting report for Harrison County

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Communities Also Named Soldier ...

We have found five communities that share the name Soldier.

Within Iowa, the name Soldier is unique.

Beyond Iowa, we know of another five communities that are located throughout in the United States.

Communities Elsewhere In North America

Camas County

This Soldier is located in Camas County and lies 967 miles [1,556.2 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Soldier that is located in Monona County.

Link to Google Map centered on Soldier

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Camas County community of Soldier.

Jackson County

This Soldier is located in Jackson County and lies 169 miles [272 km]<1> to the south of the Soldier that is located in Monona County.

Link to Google Map centered on Soldier

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jackson County community of Soldier.

Republic County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Soldier [Republic County].

Carter County

This Soldier is located in Carter County and lies 706 miles [1,136.2 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Soldier that is located in Monona County.

Link to Google Map centered on Soldier

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Carter County community of Soldier.

Jefferson County

This Soldier is located in Jefferson County and lies 876 miles [1,409.8 km]<1> to the east of the Soldier that is located in Monona County.

Link to Google Map centered on Soldier

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Soldier.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Soldier ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Allen [Harrison County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Soldier

Link to Google Map centered on Allen

Bell [Crawford County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Soldier

Link to Google Map centered on Bell

Charter Oak [Crawford County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Soldier

Link to Google Map centered on Charter Oak

Echo [Harrison County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Soldier

Link to Google Map centered on Echo

Little Sioux [Harrison County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Soldier

Link to Google Map centered on Little Sioux

Moorhead lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southwest of Soldier

Link to Google Map centered on Moorhead

Orson [Harrison County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Soldier

Link to Google Map centered on Orson

Ricketts [Crawford County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Soldier

Link to Google Map centered on Ricketts

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 Soldier. 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.

Actor, rodeo champion. He was born in Tekamah (Nebraska) on Saturday August 6, 1892 and died in Woodland Hills (California) on Thursday August 23, 1962 at the age of 70. He is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California).

Tekamah is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Soldier

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hoot Gibson<3>

How Far From Soldier to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Soldier to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Soldier and extending to:

  • Onawa, which is the Seat of Monona County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Soldier to Onawa, with an average speed<4> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Des Moines, which is the State Capital of Iowa, lies 114 miles [183.5 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,005 miles [1,617.4 km]<1> to the East (E). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 58 days.
  • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,461 miles [10,398 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,214 miles [11,609.8 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,117 miles [8,235 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Iowa

About Monona County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Soldier. 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 '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- Soldier) 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 Soldier. 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 Soldier

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Soldier. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.9842, Longitude: -95.7801     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Soldier have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Soldier 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.
<3>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:
<4>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.
<5>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 Soldier to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 320.008 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.729 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.696 degrees.






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