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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Polk 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 Polk. 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 Polk.

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

The Polk County sighting report from eBird.

Since Polk is near York County and also Hamilton County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for York County

Sighting report for Hamilton 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 Polk.

How Far From Polk to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a village such as Polk to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Osceola [Map], which is the Seat of Polk County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Polk to Osceola, 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 59 miles [95 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,105 miles [1,778.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 44 days and walking would take 63 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,575 miles [10,581.4 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 7,330 miles [11,796.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,236 miles [8,426.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Polk ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Polk.

While the name Polk is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Nebraska

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Alabama

Dallas County

Our profile page for Polk, Dallas County   [Map]

Distance: About 855 miles [1,376 km] to the Southeast.

California

Sacramento County

Our profile page for Polk, Sacramento County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,261 miles [2,029.4 km] to the West.

Illinois

Will County

Our profile page for Polk, Will County   [Map]

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

Iowa

Polk County

Our profile page for Polk, Polk County

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

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

Kansas

Crawford County

Our profile page for Polk, Crawford County   [Map]

Distance: About 293 miles [471.5 km] to the Southeast.

Missouri

Polk County

Our profile page for Polk, Polk County   [Map]

Distance: About 332 miles [534.3 km] to the Southeast.

North Carolina

Harnett County

Our profile page for Polk, Harnett County

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

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

Ohio

Ashland County

Our profile page for Polk, Ashland County   [Map]

Distance: About 810 miles [1,303.6 km] to the East.

Oklahoma

Kay County

Our profile page for Polk, Kay County   [Map]

Distance: About 308 miles [495.7 km] to the South.

Oregon

Polk County

Our profile page for Polk, Polk County

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

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

Pennsylvania

Venango County

Our profile page for Polk, Venango County   [Map]

Distance: About 926 miles [1,490.3 km] to the East.

Tennessee

Obion County

Our profile page for Polk, Obion County   [Map]

Distance: About 570 miles [917.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Texas

Bowie County

Our profile page for Polk, Bowie County

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

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

West Virginia

Jackson County

Our profile page for Polk, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 855 miles [1,376 km] to the East.

Wisconsin

Green County

Our profile page for Polk, Green County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Polk ...

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.

Havens   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North of Polk   [Map]

Hord   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the West   [Map]

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

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

Overland   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Paddock   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Riverside Park   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Swedehome   -   8 miles [12.9 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 Polk. 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.

John Archer     (Born as Ralph Bowman)

Actor. He was born in Osceola (Nebraska) on Saturday May 8, 1915 and died in Redmond (Washington) on Sunday December 5, 1999 at an age of 84.

Osceola [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Polk

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Archer<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Nebraska

About Polk County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Polk) 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 Polk. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Polk

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Polk. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0757, Longitude: -97.7838     [Map].

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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 Polk 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 321.382 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.201 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.925 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 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 Polk 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>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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