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Palmyra, Nebraska

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The location of Palmyra

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Palmyra 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 Palmyra. 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 Palmyra.

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

The Otoe County sighting report from eBird.

Since Palmyra is near Lancaster County and also Cass County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Lancaster County

Sighting report for Cass 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 Palmyra.

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

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

  • Nebraska City [Map], which is the Seat of Otoe County, lies 27 miles [43.5 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Palmyra to Nebraska City, 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 just over a day.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). The buggy would take five to six hours and walking would take most of a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,032 miles [1,660.8 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 59 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,549 miles [10,539.6 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 7,301 miles [11,749.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,201 miles [8,370.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Palmyra ...

We have found 26 communities that share the name Palmyra.

While the name Palmyra is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 26 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Nebraska

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Lowndes County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Lowndes County   [Map]

Distance: About 804 miles [1,293.9 km] to the Southeast.

Pike County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Pike County   [Map]

Distance: About 849 miles [1,366.3 km] to the Southeast.


Lincoln County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 528 miles [849.7 km] to the South Southeast.


Lee County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Lee County   [Map]

Distance: About 922 miles [1,483.8 km] to the Southeast.


Lee County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Lee County   [Map]

Distance: About 362 miles [582.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Macoupin County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Macoupin County   [Map]

Distance: About 349 miles [561.7 km] to the East Southeast.


Harrison County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Harrison County   [Map]

Distance: About 569 miles [915.7 km] to the East Southeast.


Warren County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Warren County   [Map]

Distance: About 161 miles [259.1 km] to the East Northeast.


Butler County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Butler County

This community is historic.<7>

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


Somerset County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Somerset County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,392 miles [2,240.2 km] to the East Northeast.


Lenawee County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Lenawee County   [Map]

Distance: About 650 miles [1,046.1 km] to the East.


Warren County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Warren County

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

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


Marion County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Marion County   [Map]

Distance: About 264 miles [424.9 km] to the East Southeast.


Lyon County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Lyon County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,223 miles [1,968.2 km] to the West.

New Jersey

Hunterdon County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Hunterdon County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,117 miles [1,797.6 km] to the East.

New York

Wayne County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Wayne County   [Map]

Distance: About 996 miles [1,602.9 km] to the East Northeast.

North Carolina

Halifax County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Halifax County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,077 miles [1,733.3 km] to the East Southeast.


Knox County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Knox County   [Map]

Distance: About 725 miles [1,166.8 km] to the East.

Portage County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Portage County   [Map]

Distance: About 800 miles [1,287.5 km] to the East.


Our profile page for Palmyra   [Map]

Distance: About 763 miles [1,227.9 km] to the East Northeast.


Lebanon County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Lebanon County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,037 miles [1,668.9 km] to the East.


Montgomery County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 563 miles [906.1 km] to the East Southeast.


Utah County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Utah County   [Map]

Distance: About 804 miles [1,293.9 km] to the West.


Fluvanna County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Fluvanna County   [Map]

Distance: About 986 miles [1,586.8 km] to the East.

Suffolk City

Our profile page for Palmyra, Suffolk City   [Map]

Distance: About 1,098 miles [1,767.1 km] to the East.


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Palmyra, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 428 miles [688.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Palmyra ...

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.

Bethany   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest of Palmyra   [Map]

Burr   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Eagle   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Firth   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Havelock   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Helena (Historic)   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Holland   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Marian Center   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Panama   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Prairie Home   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

University Place   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [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 Palmyra. 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.

Philip Abbott     (Born as Philip Abbott Alexander)

Actor. He was born in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Thursday March 20, 1924 and died in Tarzana (California) on Monday February 23, 1998 at an age of 73. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Lincoln [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest of Palmyra

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Philip Abbott<9>

Leslie Brooks     (Born as Virginia Leslie Gettman)

Actress. She was born in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Thursday July 13, 1922 and died in Sherman Oaks (California) on Friday July 1, 2011 at an age of 89. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Lincoln [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest of Palmyra

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Leslie Brooks

Eddie Gardner

Aviation pioneer. He was born in Plainfield (Illinois) on Wednesday April 4, 1888 and died in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Friday May 6, 1921 at an age of 33. He was buried at Plainfield Twp. Cemetery (Will County, Illinois) [Map].

Lincoln [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest of Palmyra

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie Gardner

Gordon MacRae     (Albert Gordon MacRae)

Actor, singer. He was born in East Orange (New Jersey) on Saturday March 12, 1921 and died in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Friday January 24, 1986 at an age of 64. He was buried at Wyuka Cemetery (Lancaster County, Nebraska) [Map].

Lincoln [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest of Palmyra

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gordon MacRae

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].

Malcolm [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Palmyra

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

Hilary Swank     (Hilary Ann Swank)

Oscar winning actress, producer. She was born in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Wednesday January 30, 1974

Lincoln [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest of Palmyra

Robert Taylor     (Born as Spangler Arlington Brugh)

Actor. He was born in Filley (Nebraska) on Saturday August 5, 1911 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Sunday June 8, 1969 at an age of 57. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Filley [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the south of Palmyra

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Taylor

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Nebraska

About Otoe County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Otoe County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Palmyra) 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 Palmyra. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Palmyra

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Palmyra. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.7058, Longitude: -96.3921     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Palmyra 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 Palmyra 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 320.378 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.994 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.27 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 Palmyra, 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Palmyra 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:

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