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The location of Nantasket









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Nantasket 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 Nantasket. 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 Nantasket.

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

The Buffalo County sighting report from eBird.

Since Nantasket is near Sherman County and also Howard County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Sherman County

Sighting report for Howard 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 Nantasket.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Nantasket once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Nantasket and extending to:

  • Kearney [Map], which is the Seat of Buffalo County, lies 25 miles [40.2 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Nantasket to Kearney, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 113 miles [181.9 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,161 miles [1,868.4 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 46 days and walking would take 66 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,612 miles [10,641 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,369 miles [11,859.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,278 miles [8,494.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Nantasket ...

While the name Nantasket is unique within Nebraska, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Nebraska

Massachusetts

Norfolk County

Our profile page for Nantasket, Norfolk County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Nantasket ...

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.

Cairo   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East of Nantasket   [Map]

Elba   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Farwell   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Howard City   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Rockville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Sweetwater   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Wood River   -   19 miles [30.6 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 Nantasket. 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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Nantasket

Grand Island [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Nantasket

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Nantasket

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Nantasket

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Henry Fonda

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Nebraska

About Buffalo County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Buffalo County: www.buffalogov.org/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Nantasket, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Nantasket) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nantasket. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0278, Longitude: -98.8587     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Nantasket have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Nantasket to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 322.146 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 320.08 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.50 degrees.

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<8>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Nantasket 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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<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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