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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ralston 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 Ralston. 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 Ralston.

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

The Douglas County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ralston is near Sarpy County and also Pottawattamie County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Sarpy County

Sighting report for Pottawattamie 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 Ralston.

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

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

  • Omaha [Map], which is the Seat of Douglas County, lies just to the North.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 43 miles [69.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could walk a straight line from Ralston to Lincoln, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,014 miles [1,631.9 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take over two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 58 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,511 miles [10,478.4 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 7,263 miles [11,688.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,164 miles [8,310.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ralston ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Ralston.

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


Communities Outside of Nebraska

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Alberta

Our profile page for Ralston   [Map]

Distance: About 957 miles [1,540.1 km] to the Northwest.

California

Placer County

Our profile page for Ralston, Placer County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 1,305 miles [2,100.2 km] to the West.

Iowa

Carroll County

Our profile page for Ralston, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 92 miles [148.1 km] to the Northeast.

Manitoba

Our profile page for Ralston   [Map]

Distance: About 626 miles [1,007.4 km] to the North Northwest.

Maryland

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Ralston, Baltimore County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,022 miles [1,644.7 km] to the East.

Mississippi

Forrest County

Our profile page for Ralston, Forrest County   [Map]

Distance: About 784 miles [1,261.7 km] to the South Southeast.

Montana

Silver Bow County

Our profile page for Ralston, Silver Bow County

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

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

Nevada

Nye County

Our profile page for Ralston, Nye County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,151 miles [1,852.4 km] to the West.

New Jersey

Morris County

Our profile page for Ralston, Morris County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,113 miles [1,791.2 km] to the East.

North Dakota

Ward County

Our profile page for Ralston, Ward County   [Map]

Distance: About 554 miles [891.6 km] to the North Northwest.

Oklahoma

Pawnee County

Our profile page for Ralston, Pawnee County   [Map]

Distance: About 326 miles [524.6 km] to the South.

Pennsylvania

Lycoming County

Our profile page for Ralston, Lycoming County   [Map]

Distance: About 987 miles [1,588.4 km] to the East.

Tennessee

Weakley County

Our profile page for Ralston, Weakley County   [Map]

Distance: About 514 miles [827.2 km] to the Southeast.

Washington

Adams County

Our profile page for Ralston, Adams County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,171 miles [1,884.5 km] to the West Northwest.

Wyoming

Park County

Our profile page for Ralston, Park County   [Map]

Distance: About 691 miles [1,112.1 km] to the West Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ralston ...

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.

Boys Town   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest of Ralston   [Map]

Council Bluffs (IA)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Fort Crook   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Green Meadows   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Home Park   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lane   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Paradise Park   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Portal   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [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 Ralston. 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.

Art Babbit     (Born as Arthur Harold Babitsky)

Animator. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Tueday October 8, 1907 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday March 4, 1992 at an age of 84. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Art Babbit<9>

Lee Beggs

Actor. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Saturday December 3, 1870 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday November 18, 1943 at an age of 72. He was buried at Kensico Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lee Beggs

Bob Boozer     (Robert Louis Boozer)

Professional basketball. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Monday April 26, 1937 and died in Omaha (Nebraska) on Saturday May 19, 2012 at an age of 75. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bob Boozer

Marlon Brando

Oscar winning actor, director, activist. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Thursday April 3, 1924 and died in Westwood (California) on Thursday July 1, 2004 at an age of 80.

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marlon Brando

Don Chandler

Professional football. He was born in Council Bluffs (Iowa) on Wednesday September 5, 1934 and died in Tulsa (Oklahoma) on Thursday August 11, 2011 at an age of 76. He was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery (Tulsa County, Oklahoma) [Map].

Council Bluffs [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the east of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Chandler

Gerald Ford     (Born as Leslie Lynch King)

38th President of the US (1974 - 1977). He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Monday July 14, 1913 and died in Rancho Mirage (California) on Tueday December 26, 2006 at an age of 93.

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gerald Ford

Buddy Miles     (George Allen Miles, Jr.)

Musician. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Friday September 5, 1947 and died in Austin (Texas) on Tueday February 26, 2008 at an age of 60.

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buddy Miles

Anne Ramsey     (Born as Anne Mobley)

Actress. She was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Wednesday March 27, 1929 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday August 11, 1988 at an age of 59. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Anne Ramsey

Angelo Rossitto     (Angelo Salvatore Rossitto)

Actor, sideshow performer. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Tueday February 18, 1908 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday September 21, 1991 at an age of 83. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Angelo Rossitto

Carl David 'Winky' Smith

Professional hockey. He was born in Cache Bay (Ontario) on Tueday September 18, 1917 and died in Omaha (Nebraska) on Sunday January 8, 1967 at an age of 49. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Carl David 'Winky' Smith

Charles Frederick 'Skip' Stephenson

Comedian, actor, musician. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Thursday April 18, 1940 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday May 18, 1992 at an age of 52. He was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (Douglas County, Nebraska) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Frederick 'Skip' Stephenson

Lalomie Washburn

Singer, songwriter. She was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Monday August 25, 1941 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday September 18, 2004 at an age of 63. She was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lalomie Washburn

Malcolm X     (Born as Malcom Little)

Activist. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Tueday May 19, 1925 and died in New York (New York) on Sunday February 21, 1965 at an age of 39. He was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Omaha [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Ralston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Malcolm X

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ralston: www.cityofralston.com/

The official website for Douglas County: www.co.douglas.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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ralston) 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 Ralston. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ralston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ralston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.2005, Longitude: -96.0354     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ralston 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 Ralston 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 320.153 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.797 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.989 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 Ralston, 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 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 Ralston 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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<9>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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