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Oconee, Nebraska

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The location of Oconee

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Oconee 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 Oconee. 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 Oconee.

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

The Platte County sighting report from eBird.

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

Sighting report for Nance County

Sighting report for Merrick 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 Oconee.

How Far From Oconee to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Oconee to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Columbus [Map], which is the Seat of Platte County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 62 miles [99.8 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could walk a straight line from Oconee to Lincoln, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,092 miles [1,757.4 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, 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 6,545 miles [10,533.2 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 7,300 miles [11,748.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,207 miles [8,379.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Oconee ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Oconee.

While the name Oconee is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Nebraska


Randolph County

Our profile page for Oconee, Randolph County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 489 miles [787 km] to the Southeast.


Washington County

Our profile page for Oconee, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 995 miles [1,601.3 km] to the East Southeast.


Shelby County

Our profile page for Oconee, Shelby County   [Map]

Distance: About 467 miles [751.6 km] to the East Southeast.

South Carolina

Oconee County

Our profile page for Oconee, Oconee County

This community is historic.

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Oconee ...

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.

Columbus   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East of Oconee   [Map]

David City   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Enola   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Havens   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Polk   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Rising City   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rogers   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Silver Creek   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Surprise   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Swedehome   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the South   [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 Oconee. 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.

John Archer     (Born as Ralph Bowman)

Actor. He was born in Osceola (Nebraska) on Saturday May 8, 1915 and died in Redmond (Washington) on Sunday December 5, 1999 at an age of 84.

Osceola [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Oconee

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Archer<8>

Andrew Higgins     (Andrew Jackson Higgins)

Inventor, shipbuilder, industrialist. He was born in Columbus (Nebraska) on Saturday August 28, 1886 and died in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Friday August 1, 1952 at an age of 66. He was buried at Metairie Cemetery (Orleans Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Columbus [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the east of Oconee

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Higgins

Jo Ann Marlowe     (Born as Jo Ann Mares)

Actress. She was born in Schuyler (Nebraska) on Sunday December 15, 1935 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday January 2, 1991 at an age of 55. She was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Schuyler [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the east of Oconee

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jo Ann Marlowe

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Platte County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Platte County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

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- Oconee) 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 Oconee. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Oconee

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oconee. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.4697, Longitude: -97.5193     [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 Oconee 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 321.215 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.057 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.713 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 Oconee, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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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