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The location of Orleans









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Orleans 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 Orleans. 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 Orleans.

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

The Harlan County sighting report from eBird.

Since Orleans is near Phillips County and also Furnas County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Phillips County

Sighting report for Furnas 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 Orleans.

How Far From Orleans to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a village such as Orleans to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Alma [Map], which is the Seat of Harlan County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 152 miles [244.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Orleans 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 9 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 1,194 miles [1,921.6 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 6,681 miles [10,752 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 7,436 miles [11,967.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,344 miles [8,600.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Orleans ...

We have found 19 communities that share the name Orleans.

While the name Orleans is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 19 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Nebraska

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California

Humboldt County

Our profile page for Orleans, Humboldt County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,259 miles [2,026.2 km] to the West Northwest.

Florida

Citrus County

Our profile page for Orleans, Citrus County

This community is historic.<7>

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

Georgia

Rockdale County

Our profile page for Orleans, Rockdale County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 958 miles [1,541.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Illinois

Morgan County

Our profile page for Orleans, Morgan County   [Map]

Distance: About 497 miles [799.8 km] to the East.

Indiana

Orange County

Our profile page for Orleans, Orange County   [Map]

Distance: About 700 miles [1,126.5 km] to the East.

Iowa

Appanoose County

Our profile page for Orleans, Appanoose County   [Map]

Distance: About 359 miles [577.8 km] to the East.

Dickinson County

Our profile page for Orleans, Dickinson County   [Map]

Distance: About 320 miles [515 km] to the Northeast.

Maryland

Allegany County

Our profile page for Orleans, Allegany County

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

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

Massachusetts

Barnstable County

Our profile page for Orleans, Barnstable County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,533 miles [2,467.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Michigan

Ionia County

Our profile page for Orleans, Ionia County   [Map]

Distance: About 765 miles [1,231.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Minnesota

Kittson County

Our profile page for Orleans, Kittson County   [Map]

Distance: About 619 miles [996.2 km] to the North.

Missouri

Polk County

Our profile page for Orleans, Polk County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 366 miles [589 km] to the East Southeast.

New York

Ontario County

Our profile page for Orleans, Ontario County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,167 miles [1,878.1 km] to the East Northeast.

North Carolina

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Orleans, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,034 miles [1,664.1 km] to the East Southeast.

Ohio

Wood County

Our profile page for Orleans, Wood County

This community is historic.

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

Ontario

Our profile page for Orleans   [Map]

Distance: About 1,262 miles [2,031 km] to the East Northeast.

Oregon

Linn County

Our profile page for Orleans, Linn County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,244 miles [2,002 km] to the West Northwest.

South Dakota

Faulk County

Our profile page for Orleans, Faulk County

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

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

Vermont

Orleans County

Our profile page for Orleans, Orleans County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,417 miles [2,280.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Orleans ...

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.

Beaver City   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the West of Orleans   [Map]

Clyde   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the North   [Map]

Edison   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Long Island (KS)   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Mascot   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Prairie View (KS)   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Precept   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Republican City   -   12 miles [19.3 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 Orleans. 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.

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Orleans

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pierce Lyden<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Nebraska

About Harlan County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Orleans) 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 Orleans. 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 Orleans

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orleans. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.1317, Longitude: -99.4551     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Orleans 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 Orleans 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 322.514 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 320.398 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.962 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 Orleans, 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 Orleans 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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