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The location of Norfolk









Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Norfolk, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Norfolk and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Norfolk 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 Norfolk. 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 Norfolk.

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

The Madison County sighting report from eBird.

Since Norfolk is near Pierce County and also Wayne County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Pierce County

Sighting report for Wayne 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 Norfolk.

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

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

  • Madison [Map], which is the Seat of Madison County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Norfolk to Madison, 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.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 92 miles [148.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). 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 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,089 miles [1,752.6 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 43 days and walking would take 62 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,512 miles [10,480 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 7,268 miles [11,696.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,177 miles [8,331.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Norfolk ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Norfolk.

While the name Norfolk is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Nebraska

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Colorado

Larimer County

Our profile page for Norfolk, Larimer County   [Map]

Distance: About 397 miles [638.9 km] to the West.

Connecticut

Litchfield County

Our profile page for Norfolk, Litchfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,238 miles [1,992.4 km] to the East.

Kansas

Ellis County

Our profile page for Norfolk, Ellis County

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

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

Massachusetts

Norfolk County

Our profile page for Norfolk, Norfolk County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,332 miles [2,143.6 km] to the East.

Michigan

Antrim County

Our profile page for Norfolk, Antrim County

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

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

Minnesota

Renville County

Our profile page for Norfolk, Renville County

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

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

Mississippi

DeSoto County

Our profile page for Norfolk, DeSoto County   [Map]

Distance: About 624 miles [1,004.2 km] to the Southeast.

Missouri

Mississippi County

Our profile page for Norfolk, Mississippi County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 565 miles [909.3 km] to the Southeast.

New York

Saint Lawrence County

Our profile page for Norfolk, Saint Lawrence County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,137 miles [1,829.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Oklahoma

Payne County

Our profile page for Norfolk, Payne County

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

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

Ontario

Our profile page for Norfolk

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

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

Oregon

Douglas County

Our profile page for Norfolk, Douglas County

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

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

South Dakota

Sully County

Our profile page for Norfolk, Sully County

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

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

Texas

Rusk County

Our profile page for Norfolk, Rusk County

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

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

Virginia

Norfolk City

Our profile page for Norfolk, Norfolk City   [Map]

Distance: About 1,179 miles [1,897.4 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Norfolk ...

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.

Enola   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South of Norfolk   [Map]

Magnet   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Meadow Grove   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Pierce   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Plainview   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Randolph   -   23 miles [37 km] to the North   [Map]

Spurville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Wee Town   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Madison County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Norfolk: www.ci.norfolk.ne.us/

The official website for Madison County: www.co.madison.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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Norfolk) 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 Norfolk. 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 Norfolk

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Norfolk. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0345, Longitude: -97.4220     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Norfolk 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 Norfolk 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 321.174 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.079 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.554 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 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 Norfolk 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 Norfolk, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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