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Oconto, Nebraska

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The location of Oconto

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Oconto 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 Oconto. 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 Oconto.

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

The Custer County sighting report from eBird.

Since Oconto is near Dawson County and also Buffalo County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Dawson County

Sighting report for Buffalo 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 Oconto.

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

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

  • Broken Bow [Map], which is the Seat of Custer County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Oconto to Broken Bow, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 161 miles [259.1 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,208 miles [1,944.1 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 48 days and walking would take 69 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,635 miles [10,678 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 7,392 miles [11,896.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,306 miles [8,539.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Oconto ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Oconto.

While the name Oconto is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Nebraska


Ottawa County

Our profile page for Oconto, Ottawa County

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

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


Our profile page for Oconto   [Map]

Distance: About 1,188 miles [1,911.9 km] to the East Northeast.


Oconto County

Our profile page for Oconto, Oconto County   [Map]

Distance: About 653 miles [1,050.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Oconto ...

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.

Arnold   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the Northwest of Oconto   [Map]

Broken Bow   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the North   [Map]

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

Buffalo   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Dale (Historic)   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Elton (Historic)   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Finchville   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Mason City   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the East   [Map]

Pleasant Hill   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Willow Island   -   23 miles [37 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 Oconto. 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.

Clifford Walker 'Cliff' Lee

Major League Baseball. He was born in Lexington (Nebraska) on Tueday August 4, 1896 and died in Denver (Colorado) on Thursday August 25, 1988 at an age of 92. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery (Jefferson County, Colorado) [Map].

Lexington [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the south of Oconto

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clifford Walker 'Cliff' Lee<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Nebraska

About Custer County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Custer County:

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Oconto) 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 Oconto. 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 Oconto

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oconto. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1423, Longitude: -99.7621     [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 Oconto 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 322.803 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 320.855 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.961 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Oconto 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>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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