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Odell, Nebraska

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The location of Odell

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Odell 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 Odell. 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 Odell.

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

The Gage County sighting report from eBird.

Since Odell is near Washington County and also Marshall County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Washington County

Sighting report for Marshall 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 Odell.

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

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

  • Beatrice [Map], which is the Seat of Gage County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Odell to Beatrice, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 52 miles [83.7 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take over two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,054 miles [1,696.2 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 42 days and walking would take 60 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,598 miles [10,618.5 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 7,349 miles [11,827.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,248 miles [8,445.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Odell ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Odell.

While the name Odell is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Nebraska

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Washington County

Our profile page for Odell, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 322 miles [518.2 km] to the South Southeast.


Forsyth County

Our profile page for Odell, Forsyth County

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

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


Livingston County

Our profile page for Odell, Livingston County   [Map]

Distance: About 439 miles [706.5 km] to the East.


Tippecanoe County

Our profile page for Odell, Tippecanoe County   [Map]

Distance: About 513 miles [825.6 km] to the East.


Sheridan County

Our profile page for Odell, Sheridan County

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

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


Cottonwood County

Our profile page for Odell, Cottonwood County

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

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

New Brunswick

Our profile page for Odell   [Map]

Distance: About 1,534 miles [2,468.7 km] to the East Northeast.

New Hampshire

Coos County

Our profile page for Odell, Coos County

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

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

New York

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Odell, Sullivan County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,145 miles [1,842.7 km] to the East Northeast.

North Carolina

Warren County

Our profile page for Odell, Warren County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,052 miles [1,693 km] to the East.

North Dakota

Barnes County

Our profile page for Odell, Barnes County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

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


Guernsey County

Our profile page for Odell, Guernsey County   [Map]

Distance: About 808 miles [1,300.3 km] to the East.


Hood River County

Our profile page for Odell, Hood River County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,304 miles [2,098.6 km] to the West Northwest.


Washington County

Our profile page for Odell, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 880 miles [1,416.2 km] to the East.


Wilbarger County

Our profile page for Odell, Wilbarger County   [Map]

Distance: About 419 miles [674.3 km] to the South Southwest.

West Virginia

Kanawha County

Our profile page for Odell, Kanawha County   [Map]

Distance: About 832 miles [1,339 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Odell ...

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.

Badger   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East of Odell   [Map]

Diller   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hermansberg (KS)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Home (KS)   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Lone Elm (KS)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Marysville (KS)   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Mission (Historic)   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the East   [Map]

Plymouth   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Virginia   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Northeast   [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 Odell. 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.

Harold Lloyd

Actor, comedian. He was born in Burchard (Nebraska) on Thursday April 20, 1893 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Monday March 8, 1971 at an age of 77. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Burchard [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Odell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harold Lloyd<9>

Robert Taylor     (Born as Spangler Arlington Brugh)

Actor. He was born in Filley (Nebraska) on Saturday August 5, 1911 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Sunday June 8, 1969 at an age of 57. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Filley [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northeast of Odell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Taylor

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Nebraska

About Gage County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Gage County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Odell) 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 Odell. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Odell

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Odell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.0499, Longitude: -96.8018     [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 Odell 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 320.628 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.20 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.602 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 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 Odell 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>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 Odell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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