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The location of North Platte









Introduction ...

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

This page contains six sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for North Platte 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 North Platte. 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 North Platte.

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 North Platte is near McPherson County and also Logan County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for McPherson County

Sighting report for Logan 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 North Platte.

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

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

  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 212 miles [341.2 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from North Platte to Lincoln, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 12 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,260 miles [2,027.8 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 50 days and walking would take 72 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,667 miles [10,729.5 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 7,426 miles [11,951 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>

Curious and Interesting Names Near North Platte ...

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.

Brady   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the East of North Platte   [Map]

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

Dickens   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

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

Maxwell   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Tryon   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Village Square   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Nebraska

About Lincoln County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for North Platte: www.ci.north-platte.ne.us/

The official website for Lincoln County: www.co.lincoln.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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- North Platte) 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 North Platte. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from North Platte

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in North Platte. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1270, Longitude: -100.7639     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for North Platte 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 North Platte 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 323.528 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 321.694 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.50 degrees.

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