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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Plattford 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 Plattford. 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 Plattford.

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

The Sarpy County sighting report from eBird.

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

Sighting report for Cass County

Sighting report for Saunders 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 Plattford.

How Far From Plattford 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 Plattford 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 Plattford once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Plattford and extending to:

  • Papillion [Map], which is the Seat of Sarpy County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Plattford to Papillion, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 30 miles [48.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,023 miles [1,646.4 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 40 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 6,525 miles [10,501 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 7,277 miles [11,711.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,178 miles [8,333.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Plattford ...

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.

Cedar Creek   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East of Plattford   [Map]

Elkhorn   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Greenwood   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lane   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Louisville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Manley   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Meadow   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Portal   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Skyline   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Weeping Water   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [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 Plattford. 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.

Art Babbit     (Born as Arthur Harold Babitsky)

Animator. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Tueday October 8, 1907 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday March 4, 1992 at an age of 84. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Art Babbit<8>

Lee Beggs

Actor. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Saturday December 3, 1870 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday November 18, 1943 at an age of 72. He was buried at Kensico Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lee Beggs

Bob Boozer     (Robert Louis Boozer)

Professional basketball. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Monday April 26, 1937 and died in Omaha (Nebraska) on Saturday May 19, 2012 at an age of 75. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Omaha [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bob Boozer

Marlon Brando

Oscar winning actor, director, activist. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Thursday April 3, 1924 and died in Westwood (California) on Thursday July 1, 2004 at an age of 80.

Omaha [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marlon Brando

Don Chandler

Professional football. He was born in Council Bluffs (Iowa) on Wednesday September 5, 1934 and died in Tulsa (Oklahoma) on Thursday August 11, 2011 at an age of 76. He was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery (Tulsa County, Oklahoma) [Map].

Council Bluffs [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Chandler

Samuel Earl 'Wahoo Sam' Crawford

Major League Baseball. He was born in Wahoo (Nebraska) on Sunday April 18, 1880 and died in Hollywood (California) on Saturday June 15, 1968 at an age of 88. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Wahoo [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northwest of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Samuel Earl 'Wahoo Sam' Crawford

Gerald Ford     (Born as Leslie Lynch King)

38th President of the US (1974 - 1977). He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Monday July 14, 1913 and died in Rancho Mirage (California) on Tueday December 26, 2006 at an age of 93.

Omaha [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gerald Ford

Buddy Miles     (George Allen Miles, Jr.)

Musician. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Friday September 5, 1947 and died in Austin (Texas) on Tueday February 26, 2008 at an age of 60.

Omaha [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buddy Miles

Anne Ramsey     (Born as Anne Mobley)

Actress. She was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Wednesday March 27, 1929 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday August 11, 1988 at an age of 59. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anne Ramsey

Angelo Rossitto     (Angelo Salvatore Rossitto)

Actor, sideshow performer. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Tueday February 18, 1908 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday September 21, 1991 at an age of 83. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Angelo Rossitto

Carl David 'Winky' Smith

Professional hockey. He was born in Cache Bay (Ontario) on Tueday September 18, 1917 and died in Omaha (Nebraska) on Sunday January 8, 1967 at an age of 49. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Carl David 'Winky' Smith

Charles Frederick 'Skip' Stephenson

Comedian, actor, musician. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Thursday April 18, 1940 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday May 18, 1992 at an age of 52. He was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Frederick 'Skip' Stephenson

Lalomie Washburn

Singer, songwriter. She was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Monday August 25, 1941 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday September 18, 2004 at an age of 63. She was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast of Plattford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lalomie Washburn

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Sarpy County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Sarpy County: www.sarpy.com/

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 Plattford, 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Plattford) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Plattford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0500, Longitude: -96.2086     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Plattford 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 Plattford 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 320.267 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.909 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.108 degrees.

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<8>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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