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Oak, Nebraska

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The location of Oak

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Oak 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 Oak. 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 Oak.

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

The Nuckolls County sighting report from eBird.

Since Oak is near Thayer County and also Clay County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Thayer County

Sighting report for Clay 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 Oak.

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

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

  • Nelson [Map], which is the Seat of Nuckolls County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 74 miles [119.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Oak 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 1,111 miles [1,788 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 6,624 miles [10,660.3 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 7,378 miles [11,873.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,281 miles [8,498.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Oak ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Oak.

While the name Oak is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 17 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Nebraska

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Baldwin County

Our profile page for Oak, Baldwin County   [Map]

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


Marion County

Our profile page for Oak, Marion County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,170 miles [1,882.9 km] to the Southeast.


Lowndes County

Our profile page for Oak, Lowndes County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,042 miles [1,676.9 km] to the Southeast.


Pope County

Our profile page for Oak, Pope County   [Map]

Distance: About 536 miles [862.6 km] to the East Southeast.


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Oak, Jefferson County

This community is historic.<7>

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

Seward County

Our profile page for Oak, Seward County

This community is historic.

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


Wayne County

Our profile page for Oak, Wayne County   [Map]

Distance: About 774 miles [1,245.6 km] to the East Northeast.


DeKalb County

Our profile page for Oak, DeKalb County   [Map]

Distance: About 179 miles [288.1 km] to the East.


Eureka County

Our profile page for Oak, Eureka County

This community is historic.

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

New Brunswick

Our profile page for Oak   [Map]

Distance: About 1,565 miles [2,518.6 km] to the East Northeast.


Highland County

Our profile page for Oak, Highland County

This community is historic.

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

Monroe County

Our profile page for Oak, Monroe County   [Map]

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


Coos County

Our profile page for Oak, Coos County

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

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


Ellis County

Our profile page for Oak, Ellis County

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

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


New Kent County

Our profile page for Oak, New Kent County

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

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

West Virginia

Wood County

Our profile page for Oak, Wood County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 863 miles [1,388.9 km] to the East.


Price County

Our profile page for Oak, Price County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Oak ...

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.

Chester   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southeast of Oak   [Map]

Edgar   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Geneva   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Guide Rock   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hardy   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Hebron   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Hubbell   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Nelson   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Republic (KS)   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Superior   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southwest   [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 Oak. 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.

Ken Darby     (Kenneth Lorin Darby)

Composer, lyricist, conductor. He was born in Hebron (Nebraska) on Thursday May 13, 1909 and died in Sherman Oaks (California) on Friday January 24, 1992 at an age of 82. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Hebron [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Oak

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ken Darby<9>

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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Oak

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Revere

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Nebraska

About Nuckolls County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Nebraska:

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 from Point A (ie- Oak) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Oak. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Oak

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oak. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.2379, Longitude: -97.9036     [Map].

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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 Oak 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 321.416 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.137 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.136 degrees.

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<7>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 Oak, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Oak 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:

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