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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Odessa 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 Odessa. 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 Odessa.

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

The Buffalo County sighting report from eBird.

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

Sighting report for Kearney County

Sighting report for Dawson 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 Odessa.

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

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

  • Kearney [Map], which is the Seat of Buffalo County, lies just to the East.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 133 miles [214 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Odessa to Lincoln, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,182 miles [1,902.2 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 47 days and walking would take 68 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,643 miles [10,690.9 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 7,399 miles [11,907.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,309 miles [8,544 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Odessa ...

We have found 20 communities that share the name Odessa.

While the name Odessa is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 20 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Nebraska

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IndianaMissouriPennsylvaniaWest Virginia

California

Kings County

Our profile page for Odessa, Kings County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 1,140 miles [1,834.7 km] to the West.

Delaware

New Castle County

Our profile page for Odessa, New Castle County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,245 miles [2,003.6 km] to the East.

Florida

Pasco County

Our profile page for Odessa, Pasco County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,281 miles [2,061.6 km] to the Southeast.

Georgia

Wayne County

Our profile page for Odessa, Wayne County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,156 miles [1,860.4 km] to the East Southeast.

Indiana

Benton County

Our profile page for Odessa, Benton County

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

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

Kansas

Jewell County

Our profile page for Odessa, Jewell County

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

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

Kentucky

Bath County

Our profile page for Odessa, Bath County

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

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

Michigan

Oscoda County

Our profile page for Odessa, Oscoda County

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

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

Minnesota

Big Stone County

Our profile page for Odessa, Big Stone County   [Map]

Distance: About 347 miles [558.4 km] to the North Northeast.

Missouri

Lafayette County

Our profile page for Odessa, Lafayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 304 miles [489.2 km] to the East Southeast.

New York

Schuyler County

Our profile page for Odessa, Schuyler County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,163 miles [1,871.7 km] to the East Northeast.

North Carolina

Pender County

Our profile page for Odessa, Pender County

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

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

Ohio

Henry County

Our profile page for Odessa, Henry County

This community is historic.

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

Ontario

Our profile page for Odessa   [Map]

Distance: About 1,169 miles [1,881.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

Our profile page for Odessa, Clearfield County

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

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

Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Odessa   [Map]

Distance: About 696 miles [1,120.1 km] to the North Northwest.

South Dakota

Brookings County

Our profile page for Odessa, Brookings County

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

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

Texas

Ector County

Our profile page for Odessa, Ector County   [Map]

Distance: About 635 miles [1,021.9 km] to the South Southwest.

Washington

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Odessa, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,064 miles [1,712.3 km] to the West Northwest.

West Virginia

Clay County

Our profile page for Odessa, Clay County   [Map]

Distance: About 970 miles [1,561.1 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Odessa ...

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.

Alfalfa Center   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East of Odessa   [Map]

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

Elm Creek   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Funk   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Hazard   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Heartwell   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Norman   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Sweetwater   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Valley City (Historic)   -   20 miles [32.2 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 Odessa. 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 west of Odessa

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clifford Walker 'Cliff' Lee<9>

Pierce Lyden

Actor. He was born in Hildreth (Nebraska) on Wednesday January 8, 1908 and died in Orange (California) on Saturday October 10, 1998 at an age of 90. He was buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Hildreth [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast of Odessa

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pierce Lyden

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Nebraska

About Buffalo County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Buffalo County: www.buffalogov.org/

The official website for State of Nebraska: www.nebraska.gov/

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Odessa) 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 Odessa. 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 Odessa

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Odessa. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7017, Longitude: -99.2568     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Odessa have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Odessa 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 322.411 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 320.347 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.766 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 Odessa, 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Odessa 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: findagrave.com.

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