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Ogallala, Nebraska

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The location of Ogallala

Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Ogallala, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Ogallala and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ogallala 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 Ogallala. 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 Ogallala.

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

The Keith County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ogallala is near Deuel County and also Perkins County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Deuel County

Sighting report for Perkins 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 Ogallala.

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

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

  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 262 miles [421.6 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Ogallala to Lincoln, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 15 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,310 miles [2,108.2 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 52 days and walking would take 75 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,696 miles [10,776.2 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 7,456 miles [11,999.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,378 miles [8,655.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ogallala ...

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.

Arthur   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the North of Ogallala   [Map]

Big Springs   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the West   [Map]

Elsie   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Grant   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the South   [Map]

Julesburg (CO)   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Keystone   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lyons Place   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Madrid   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Martin   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [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 Ogallala. 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.

Gary Galen Glick

Professional football. He was born in Grant (Nebraska) on Wednesday May 14, 1930 and died in Fort Collins (Colorado) on Wednesday February 11, 2015 at an age of 84.

Grant [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the south of Ogallala

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Galen Glick<7>

Kathleen Eileen Hooker Robinson

Actress. She was born in Julesburg (Colorado) on Monday January 23, 1922 and died in La Canada-Flintridge (California) on Monday July 28, 1958 at an age of 36. She was buried at Kohlerlawn Cemetery (Canyon County, Idaho) [Map].

Julesburg [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Ogallala

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kathleen Eileen Hooker Robinson

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Nebraska

About Keith County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ogallala:

The official website for Keith 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ogallala) 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 Ogallala. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ogallala

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ogallala. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.1294, Longitude: -101.7208     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ogallala 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 Ogallala 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 324.227 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 322.507 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.016 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:

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