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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Pella 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 Pella. 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 Pella.

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

The Lancaster County sighting report from eBird.

Since Pella is near Gage County and also Otoe County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Gage County

Sighting report for Otoe 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 Pella.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Pella once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Pella and extending to:

  • Lincoln [Map], which is the Seat of Lancaster County, lies 20 miles [32.2 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Pella to Lincoln, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day 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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,037 miles [1,668.9 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,561 miles [10,558.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,313 miles [11,769.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,212 miles [8,387.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Pella ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Pella.

While the name Pella is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Nebraska

Idaho

Cassia County

Our profile page for Pella, Cassia County   [Map]

Distance: About 904 miles [1,454.8 km] to the West Northwest.

Iowa

Marion County

Our profile page for Pella, Marion County   [Map]

Distance: About 195 miles [313.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Montana

Richland County

Our profile page for Pella, Richland County

This community is historic.

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

Texas

Wise County

Our profile page for Pella, Wise County

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

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

Wisconsin

Shawano County

Our profile page for Pella, Shawano County   [Map]

Distance: About 486 miles [782.1 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Pella ...

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.

Burr   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East of Pella   [Map]

Centerville   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Crab Orchard   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Eagle   -   18 miles [29 km] to the North   [Map]

Firth   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Helena (Historic)   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Holland   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Kramer   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the West   [Map]

Panama   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Yankee Hill (Historic)   -   18 miles [29 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 Pella. 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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pella

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pella

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pella

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie Gardner

Harold Lloyd

Actor, comedian. He was born in Burchard (Nebraska) on Thursday April 20, 1893 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Monday March 8, 1971 at an age of 77. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Burchard [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Pella

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harold Lloyd

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pella

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gordon MacRae

Hilary Swank     (Hilary Ann Swank)

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

Lincoln [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Pella

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 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Pella

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Taylor

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Nebraska

About Lancaster County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lancaster County: www.lancaster.ne.gov/

The official website for State of Nebraska: www.nebraska.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Pella, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Pella) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pella. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.5522, Longitude: -96.5017     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Pella have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Pella to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 320.447 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.054 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.355 degrees.

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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 Pella 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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