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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ragan 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 Ragan. 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 Ragan.

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

The Harlan County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ragan is near Phelps County and also Kearney County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Phelps County

Sighting report for Kearney 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 Ragan.

How Far From Ragan 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 village such as Ragan to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Alma [Map], which is the Seat of Harlan County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Ragan to Alma, 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 140 miles [225.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,184 miles [1,905.5 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 47 days and walking would take 68 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,665 miles [10,726.3 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 7,421 miles [11,942.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,329 miles [8,576.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ragan ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Ragan.

While the name Ragan is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Nebraska

Arkansas

Phillips County

Our profile page for Ragan, Phillips County   [Map]

Distance: About 621 miles [999.4 km] to the Southeast.

North Carolina

Gaston County

Our profile page for Ragan, Gaston County

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

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

Wyoming

Uinta County

Our profile page for Ragan, Uinta County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ragan ...

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   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the North of Ragan   [Map]

Clyde   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Edison   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Franklin   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Funk   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Mascot   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Republican City   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the South   [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 Ragan. 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.

Pierce Lyden

Actor. He was born in Hildreth (Nebraska) on Wednesday January 8, 1908 and died in Orange (California) on Saturday October 10, 1998 at an age of 90. He was buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Hildreth [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the east of Ragan

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pierce Lyden<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Nebraska

About Harlan County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ragan. 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- Ragan) 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 Ragan. 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 Ragan

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ragan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.3108, Longitude: -99.2896     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ragan 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 Ragan 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 322.408 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 320.296 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.847 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 Ragan 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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