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Introduction ...

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

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 Point of Rocks, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Point of Rocks and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Point of Rocks 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 Point of Rocks. 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 Point of Rocks.

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

The Cheyenne County sighting report from eBird.

Since Point of Rocks is near Kimball County and also Logan County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Kimball County

Sighting report for Logan 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 Point of Rocks.

How Far From Point of Rocks 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 community such as Point of Rocks to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Sidney [Map], which is the Seat of Cheyenne County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Point of Rocks to Sidney, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 341 miles [548.8 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 14 days and walking would take 20 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,389 miles [2,235.4 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 55 days and walking would take 79 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,737 miles [10,842.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,499 miles [12,068.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,429 miles [8,737.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Point of Rocks ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Point of Rocks.

While the name Point of Rocks is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Nebraska

Arizona

Maricopa County

Our profile page for Point of Rocks, Maricopa County   [Map]

Distance: About 771 miles [1,240.8 km] to the Southwest.

Yavapai County

Our profile page for Point of Rocks, Yavapai County

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

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

California

San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Point of Rocks, San Bernardino County

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

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

Kansas

Gray County

Our profile page for Point of Rocks, Gray County

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

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

Hodgeman County

Our profile page for Point of Rocks, Hodgeman County

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

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

Maryland

Frederick County

Our profile page for Point of Rocks, Frederick County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,356 miles [2,182.3 km] to the East.

Nevada

Elko County

Our profile page for Point of Rocks, Elko County   [Map]

Distance: About 649 miles [1,044.5 km] to the West.

Nye County

Our profile page for Point of Rocks, Nye County

This community is historic.<8>

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

Wyoming

Albany County

Our profile page for Point of Rocks, Albany County   [Map]

Distance: About 130 miles [209.2 km] to the Northwest.

Sweetwater County

Our profile page for Point of Rocks, Sweetwater County   [Map]

Distance: About 288 miles [463.5 km] to the West.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Point of Rocks ...

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.

Crook (CO)   -   33 miles [53.1 km] to the Southeast of Point of Rocks   [Map]

Harrisburg   -   35 miles [56.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hayford (CO)   -   36 miles [57.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Huntsman   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Jessica (CO)   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Lodgepole   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Oliver   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Piper   -   37 miles [59.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Potter   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Red Lion (CO)   -   36 miles [57.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Nebraska

About Cheyenne County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cheyenne County: www.co.cheyenne.ne.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Point of Rocks) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Point of Rocks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.2103, Longitude: -103.2460     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Point of Rocks 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 Point of Rocks 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 325.357 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 323.831 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.836 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Point of Rocks 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 Point of Rocks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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