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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Octavia 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 Octavia. 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 Octavia.

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

The Butler County sighting report from eBird.

Since Octavia is near Colfax County and also Saunders County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Colfax County

Sighting report for Saunders 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 Octavia.

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

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

  • David City [Map], which is the Seat of Butler County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 41 miles [66 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could walk a straight line from Octavia to Lincoln, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,068 miles [1,718.8 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 42 days and walking would take 61 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,537 miles [10,520.3 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 7,291 miles [11,733.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,196 miles [8,362.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Octavia ...

While the name Octavia is unique within Nebraska, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Nebraska

Oklahoma

Le Flore County

Our profile page for Octavia, Le Flore County   [Map]

Distance: About 487 miles [783.8 km] to the South Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Octavia ...

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.

Cedar Bluffs   -   23 miles [37 km] to the East of Octavia   [Map]

Colon   -   23 miles [37 km] to the East   [Map]

Columbus   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the West   [Map]

David City   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Dwight   -   18 miles [29 km] to the South   [Map]

Rescue (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Rising City   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Rogers   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Surprise   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Wahoo   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the East   [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 Octavia. 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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Octavia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Archer<7>

Samuel Earl 'Wahoo Sam' Crawford

Major League Baseball. He was born in Wahoo (Nebraska) on Sunday April 18, 1880 and died in Hollywood (California) on Saturday June 15, 1968 at an age of 88. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Wahoo [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Octavia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Samuel Earl 'Wahoo Sam' Crawford

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 16 miles [25.7 km] to the west of Octavia

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 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Octavia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jo Ann Marlowe

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Nebraska

About Butler County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Butler County: www.co.butler.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' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Octavia) 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 Octavia. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Octavia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Octavia. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.3467, Longitude: -97.0589     [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 Octavia 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 320.882 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.657 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.494 degrees.

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<7>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: findagrave.com.

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