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Overton, Nebraska

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The location of Overton

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Overton 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 Overton. 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 Overton.

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

The Dawson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Overton is near Buffalo County and also Phelps County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Buffalo County

Sighting report for Phelps 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 Overton.

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

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

  • Lexington [Map], which is the Seat of Dawson County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Overton to Lexington, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 148 miles [238.2 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,196 miles [1,924.8 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 6,650 miles [10,702.1 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 7,406 miles [11,918.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,317 miles [8,556.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Overton ...

We have found 20 communities that share the name Overton.

While the name Overton 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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Jefferson County

Our profile page for Overton, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 864 miles [1,390.5 km] to the East Southeast.


El Paso County

Our profile page for Overton, El Paso County

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

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


Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Overton, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,320 miles [2,124.3 km] to the Southeast.


Elbert County

Our profile page for Overton, Elbert County

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

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


Butler County

Our profile page for Overton, Butler County

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

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


Webster Parish

Our profile page for Overton, Webster Parish   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 659 miles [1,060.6 km] to the South Southeast.


Our profile page for Overton   [Map]

Distance: About 706 miles [1,136.2 km] to the North.


Kent County

Our profile page for Overton, Kent County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,237 miles [1,990.8 km] to the East.


Alcorn County

Our profile page for Overton, Alcorn County

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

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


Cooper County

Our profile page for Overton, Cooper County   [Map]

Distance: About 389 miles [626 km] to the East Southeast.


Clark County

Our profile page for Overton, Clark County   [Map]

Distance: About 853 miles [1,372.8 km] to the West Southwest.

Humboldt County

Our profile page for Overton, Humboldt County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 994 miles [1,599.7 km] to the West Northwest.

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Overton, Lincoln County

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

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

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Overton   [Map]

Distance: About 1,706 miles [2,745.5 km] to the East Northeast.


Wayne County

Our profile page for Overton, Wayne County   [Map]

Distance: About 914 miles [1,470.9 km] to the East.


Bradford County

Our profile page for Overton, Bradford County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,195 miles [1,923.2 km] to the East.

Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Overton, Westmoreland County

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

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


Shelby County

Our profile page for Overton, Shelby County   [Map]

Distance: About 642 miles [1,033.2 km] to the Southeast.


Rusk County

Our profile page for Overton, Rusk County   [Map]

Distance: About 636 miles [1,023.5 km] to the South Southeast.


Albemarle County

Our profile page for Overton, Albemarle County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,138 miles [1,831.4 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Overton ...

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   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the East of Overton   [Map]

Buckeye   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Buffalo   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Clyde   -   23 miles [37 km] to the South   [Map]

Devils Gap   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Elm Creek   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Funk   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Mascot   -   32 miles [51.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Willow Island   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the West   [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 Overton. 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 10 miles [16.1 km] to the west of Overton

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Dawson County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dawson 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 from Point A (ie- Overton) 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 Overton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Overton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Overton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7406, Longitude: -99.5374     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Overton 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 Overton 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 322.615 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 320.589 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.908 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 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 Overton 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 Overton, 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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