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Orella, Nebraska

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The location of Orella

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Orella 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 Orella. 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 Orella.

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

The Sioux County sighting report from eBird.

Since Orella is near Dawes County and also Fall River County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Dawes County

Sighting report for Fall River 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 Orella.

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

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

  • Harrison [Map], which is the Seat of Sioux County, lies 23 miles [37 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Orella to Harrison, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 377 miles [606.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take 6 hours, a buggy would take 15 days and walking would take 22 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,402 miles [2,256.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 55 days and walking would take 80 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,649 miles [10,700.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,413 miles [11,930.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,353 miles [8,614.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Orella ...

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

Communities Outside of Nebraska


Santa Barbara County

Our profile page for Orella, Santa Barbara County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 1,062 miles [1,709.1 km] to the West Southwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Orella ...

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.

Dakota Junction   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the East of Orella   [Map]

Five Points   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Glen   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Horn   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Igloo (SD)   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pine Ridge   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Rocky Ford (SD)   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Story   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Sioux County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Sioux 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Orella) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orella. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.8933, Longitude: -103.5005     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orella 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 Orella 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 325.662 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 324.371 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.734 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 Orella, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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