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Prairie Center, Nebraska

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The location of Prairie Center

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Prairie Center 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 Prairie Center. 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 Prairie Center.

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

The Buffalo County sighting report from eBird.

Since Prairie Center is near Kearney County and also Sherman County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Kearney County

Sighting report for Sherman 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

The website, centered on Prairie Center.

How Far From Prairie Center 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 Prairie Center to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Kearney [Map], which is the Seat of Buffalo County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Prairie Center to Kearney, 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 122 miles [196.3 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,171 miles [1,884.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 46 days and walking would take 67 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,628 miles [10,666.7 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 7,384 miles [11,883.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,294 miles [8,519.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Prairie Center ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Prairie Center.

While the name Prairie Center is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Nebraska


Lonoke County

Our profile page for Prairie Center, Lonoke County   [Map]

Distance: About 580 miles [933.4 km] to the Southeast.


La Salle County

Our profile page for Prairie Center, La Salle County   [Map]

Distance: About 527 miles [848.1 km] to the East.


Johnson County

Our profile page for Prairie Center, Johnson County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 254 miles [408.8 km] to the East Southeast.


Matagorda County

Our profile page for Prairie Center, Matagorda County

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


Island County

Our profile page for Prairie Center, Island County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,262 miles [2,031 km] to the West Northwest.


Goshen County

Our profile page for Prairie Center, Goshen County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Prairie Center ...

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.

Alfalfa Center   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest of Prairie Center   [Map]

Elm Creek   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hazard   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Heartwell   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Howard City   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Rockville   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Valley City (Historic)   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Wood River   -   23 miles [37 km] to the East   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Nebraska

About Buffalo County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Buffalo County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

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- Prairie Center) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Prairie Center. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Prairie Center

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Prairie Center. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.8589, Longitude: -99.0553     [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 Prairie Center 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 322.277 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 320.21 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.633 degrees.

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<7>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 Prairie Center, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Prairie Center 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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