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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ovina 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 Ovina. 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 Ovina.

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

The Hall County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ovina is near Howard County and also Merrick County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Howard County

Sighting report for Merrick 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 Ovina.

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

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

  • Grand Island [Map], which is the Seat of Hall County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 92 miles [148.1 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Ovina to Lincoln, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,140 miles [1,834.7 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 45 days and walking would take 65 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,603 miles [10,626.5 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 7,358 miles [11,841.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,266 miles [8,474.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ovina ...

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.

Cairo   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West of Ovina   [Map]

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

Grand Island   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Howard City   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Murphy   -   18 miles [29 km] to the East   [Map]

Rosedale   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Wood River   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Worms   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast   [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 Ovina. 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.

Edith Abbott

Social activist, educator, author. She was born in Grand Island (Nebraska) on Tueday September 26, 1876 and died in Grand Island (Nebraska) on Monday July 29, 1957 at an age of 80. She was buried at Grand Island Cemetery (Hall County, Nebraska) [Map].

Grand Island [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast of Ovina

Grand Island [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast of Ovina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edith Abbott<7>

Grace Abbott

Social activist. She was born in Grand Island (Nebraska) on Sunday November 17, 1878 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Monday June 19, 1939 at an age of 60. She was buried at Grand Island Cemetery (Hall County, Nebraska) [Map].

Grand Island [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast of Ovina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Grace Abbott

Henry Fonda     (Henry Jaynes Fonda)

Oscar winning actor. He was born in Grand Island (Nebraska) on Tueday May 16, 1905 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday August 12, 1982 at an age of 77.

Grand Island [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast of Ovina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Henry Fonda

John Leonard 'Johnny' Hopp

Major League Baseball. He was born in Hastings (Nebraska) on Tueday July 18, 1916 and died in Scottsbluff (Nebraska) on Sunday June 1, 2003 at an age of 86. He was buried at Parkview Cemetery (Adams County, Nebraska) [Map].

Hastings [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Ovina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Leonard 'Johnny' Hopp

Leslie Grant 'Les' Nunamaker

Major League Baseball. He was born in Malcolm (Nebraska) on Friday January 25, 1889 and died in Hastings (Nebraska) on Monday November 14, 1938 at an age of 49. He was buried at Aurora Cemetery (Hamilton County, Nebraska) [Map].

Hastings [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Ovina

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Leslie Grant 'Les' Nunamaker

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Nebraska

About Hall County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Hall County: www.hcgi.org/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ovina. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.9686, Longitude: -98.4553     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ovina 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 Ovina 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 321.854 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.734 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.298 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: findagrave.com.

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