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The location of Ponca









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ponca 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 Ponca. 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 Ponca.

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

The Dixon County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ponca is near Dakota County and also Union County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Dakota County

Sighting report for Union 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 Ponca.

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

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

  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 120 miles [193.1 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Ponca to Lincoln, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,057 miles [1,701.1 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 42 days and walking would take 60 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,460 miles [10,396.4 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 7,216 miles [11,613 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,125 miles [8,247.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ponca ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Ponca.

Within Nebraska, there is just one other community named Ponca. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 3 communities in the United States - with 4 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Nebraska

Communities outside of Nebraska


Communities Outside of Nebraska

Arkansas

Newton County

Our profile page for Ponca, Newton County   [Map]

Distance: About 485 miles [780.5 km] to the South Southeast.

California

Tulare County

Our profile page for Ponca, Tulare County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,269 miles [2,042.3 km] to the West Southwest.

Michigan

Iron County

Our profile page for Ponca, Iron County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ponca ...

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.

Allen   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest of Ponca   [Map]

Dakota Dunes (SD)   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Elk Point (SD)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Evergreen Village (IA)   -   18 miles [29 km] to the East   [Map]

Holiday Village (IA)   -   18 miles [29 km] to the East   [Map]

James (IA)   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the East   [Map]

Junction City (SD)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Lime Grove   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Martinsburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Yeomans (IA)   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [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 Ponca. 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.

James Coburn     (James Harrison Coburn III)

Actor. He was born in Laurel (Nebraska) on Friday August 31, 1928 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Monday November 18, 2002 at an age of 74. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Laurel [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Ponca

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Coburn<8>

Peggy Gilbert

Musician. She was born in Sioux City (Iowa) on Tueday January 17, 1905 and died in Burbank (California) on Monday February 12, 2007 at an age of 102. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Sioux City [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the east of Ponca

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Peggy Gilbert

Jerry Mathers     (Born as Gerald Patrick Mathers)

Actor, singer. He was born in Sioux City (Iowa) on Wednesday June 2, 1948

Sioux City [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the east of Ponca

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Nebraska

About Dixon County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dixon County: www.co.dixon.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- Ponca) 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 Ponca. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ponca

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ponca. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.5651, Longitude: -96.7079     [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 Ponca 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 320.689 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.586 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.067 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 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 Ponca 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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