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The location of Ponca









Introduction ...

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

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

The Knox County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ponca is near Bon Homme County and also Holt County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Bon Homme County

Sighting report for Holt 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 that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community 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:

  • Center [Map], which is the Seat of Knox County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Ponca to Center, with an average speed<2> 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 148 miles [238.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,127 miles [1,813.7 km] to the East (E). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 44 days and walking would take 64 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,496 miles [10,454.3 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 7,254 miles [11,674.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,168 miles [8,317.1 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 525 miles [844.9 km] to the South Southeast.

California

Tulare County

Our profile page for Ponca, Tulare County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,204 miles [1,937.7 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.

Center   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast of Ponca   [Map]

Dukeville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Greenwood (SD)   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Kingsburg (SD)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lynch   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Redbird   -   18 miles [29 km] to the West   [Map]

Star   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Nebraska

About Knox 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 Knox County: www.co.knox.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.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ponca. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.7119, Longitude: -98.0745     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ponca 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 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 321.673 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.738 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.772 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 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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