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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Murphy 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 Murphy. 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 Murphy.

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

The Hamilton County sighting report from eBird.

Since Murphy is near Merrick County and also Hall County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Merrick County

Sighting report for Hall 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 Murphy.

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

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

  • Aurora [Map], which is the Seat of Hamilton County, lies just to the East.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 73 miles [117.5 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Murphy to Lincoln, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,122 miles [1,805.7 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 6,597 miles [10,616.8 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 7,351 miles [11,830.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,258 miles [8,461.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Murphy ...

We have found 23 communities that share the name Murphy.

While the name Murphy is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 23 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Nebraska

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Alabama

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Murphy, Lauderdale County

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

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

Georgia

Colquitt County

Our profile page for Murphy, Colquitt County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,044 miles [1,680.2 km] to the Southeast.

Idaho

Owyhee County

Our profile page for Murphy, Owyhee County   [Map]

Distance: About 957 miles [1,540.1 km] to the West Northwest.

Indiana

Pike County

Our profile page for Murphy, Pike County

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

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

Iowa

Bremer County

Our profile page for Murphy, Bremer County

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

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

Jasper County

Our profile page for Murphy, Jasper County   [Map]

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

Kentucky

Anderson County

Our profile page for Murphy, Anderson County

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

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

Michigan

Baraga County

Our profile page for Murphy, Baraga County

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

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

Isabella County

Our profile page for Murphy, Isabella County

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

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

Mississippi

Washington County

Our profile page for Murphy, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 673 miles [1,083.1 km] to the Southeast.

Yalobusha County

Our profile page for Murphy, Yalobusha County

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

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

Missouri

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Murphy, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 437 miles [703.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Nevada

Churchill County

Our profile page for Murphy, Churchill County

This community is historic.<8>

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

New Jersey

Camden County

Our profile page for Murphy, Camden County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,225 miles [1,971.4 km] to the East.

North Carolina

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Murphy, Cherokee County   [Map]

Distance: About 862 miles [1,387.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Ohio

Washington County

Our profile page for Murphy, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 896 miles [1,442 km] to the East.

Oklahoma

Mayes County

Our profile page for Murphy, Mayes County   [Map]

Distance: About 361 miles [581 km] to the South Southeast.

Oregon

Josephine County

Our profile page for Murphy, Josephine County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,301 miles [2,093.8 km] to the West Northwest.

South Dakota

Pennington County

Our profile page for Murphy, Pennington County   [Map]

Distance: About 336 miles [540.7 km] to the Northwest.

Texas

Collin County

Our profile page for Murphy, Collin County   [Map]

Distance: About 548 miles [881.9 km] to the South.

Virginia

Buchanan County

Our profile page for Murphy, Buchanan County   [Map]

Distance: About 892 miles [1,435.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Murphy, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 979 miles [1,575.5 km] to the East.

West Virginia

Barbour County

Our profile page for Murphy, Barbour County   [Map]

Distance: About 957 miles [1,540.1 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Murphy ...

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.

Archer   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the North of Murphy   [Map]

Aurora   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Grand Island   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Harvard   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Hord   -   18 miles [29 km] to the North   [Map]

Hordville   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Overland   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Paddock   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Riverside Park   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Worms   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northwest   [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 Murphy. 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.

Edith Abbott

Social activist, educator, author. She was born in Grand Island (Nebraska) on Tueday September 26, 1876 and died in Grand Island (Nebraska) on Monday July 29, 1957 at an age of 80. She was buried at Grand Island Cemetery (Hall County, Nebraska) [Map].

Grand Island [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the west of Murphy

Grand Island [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the west of Murphy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edith Abbott<9>

Grace Abbott

Social activist. She was born in Grand Island (Nebraska) on Sunday November 17, 1878 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Monday June 19, 1939 at an age of 60. She was buried at Grand Island Cemetery (Hall County, Nebraska) [Map].

Grand Island [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the west of Murphy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Grace Abbott

Henry Fonda     (Henry Jaynes Fonda)

Oscar winning actor. He was born in Grand Island (Nebraska) on Tueday May 16, 1905 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday August 12, 1982 at an age of 77.

Grand Island [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the west of Murphy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Henry Fonda

John Leonard 'Johnny' Hopp

Major League Baseball. He was born in Hastings (Nebraska) on Tueday July 18, 1916 and died in Scottsbluff (Nebraska) on Sunday June 1, 2003 at an age of 86. He was buried at Parkview Cemetery (Adams County, Nebraska) [Map].

Hastings [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest of Murphy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Leonard 'Johnny' Hopp

Leslie Grant 'Les' Nunamaker

Major League Baseball. He was born in Malcolm (Nebraska) on Friday January 25, 1889 and died in Hastings (Nebraska) on Monday November 14, 1938 at an age of 49. He was buried at Aurora Cemetery (Hamilton County, Nebraska) [Map].

Hastings [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest of Murphy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Leslie Grant 'Les' Nunamaker

Paul Revere     (Born as Paul Revere Dick)

Musician. He was born in Harvard (Nebraska) on Friday January 7, 1938 and died in Garden Valley (Idaho) on Saturday October 4, 2014 at an age of 76. He was buried at Morris Hill Cemetery (Ada County, Idaho) [Map].

Harvard [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the south of Murphy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Revere

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Nebraska

About Hamilton County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Hamilton County: www.co.hamilton.ne.us/

The official website for State of Nebraska: www.nebraska.gov/

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- Murphy) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Murphy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.8792, Longitude: -98.1120     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Murphy 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 Murphy 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 321.604 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.433 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.133 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 Murphy 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 Murphy, 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: findagrave.com.

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