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Shady Bend, Kansas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Shady Bend 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 Shady Bend. 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 Shady Bend.

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

The Lincoln County sighting report from eBird.

Since Shady Bend is near Ottawa County and also Saline County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Ottawa County

Sighting report for Saline 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 Shady Bend.

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

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

  • Lincoln Center [Map], which is the Seat of Lincoln County, lies just to the West Northwest.
  • Topeka [Map], which is the State Capital of Kansas, lies 125 miles [201.2 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Shady Bend to Topeka, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,124 miles [1,808.9 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 44 days and walking would take 64 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,694 miles [10,772.9 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 7,445 miles [11,981.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,344 miles [8,600.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Shady Bend ...

While the name Shady Bend is unique within Kansas, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Kansas


Coshocton County

Our profile page for Shady Bend, Coshocton County   [Map]

Distance: About 874 miles [1,406.6 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Shady Bend ...

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.

Bavaria   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southeast of Shady Bend   [Map]

Beverly   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Denmark   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Goldenrod   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Lincoln Center   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Quartzite   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Terra Cotta   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the South   [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 Shady Bend. 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.

Kenneth Sydney Davis

Author. He was born in Salina (Kansas) on Sunday September 29, 1912 and died in Madison (Wisconsin) on Thursday June 10, 1999 at an age of 86.

Salina [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast of Shady Bend

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kenneth Sydney Davis<7>

Dwight Frye     (Dwight Iliff Frye)

Actor. He was born in Salina (Kansas) on Wednesday February 22, 1899 and died in Hollywood (California) on Sunday November 7, 1943 at an age of 44. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Salina [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast of Shady Bend

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dwight Frye

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Kansas

About Lincoln County

About Kansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Kansas:

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Shady Bend) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shady Bend. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0183, Longitude: -98.0217     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shady Bend 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 Shady Bend 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 321.413 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.984 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.40 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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