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Raven, Nebraska

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The location of Raven

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Raven 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 Raven. 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 Raven.

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

The Brown County sighting report from eBird.

Since Raven is near Rock County and also Cherry County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Rock County

Sighting report for Cherry 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 Raven.

How Far From Raven 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 community such as Raven to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Ainsworth [Map], which is the Seat of Brown County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Raven to Ainsworth, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 192 miles [309 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,215 miles [1,955.4 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 48 days and walking would take 69 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,576 miles [10,583 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 7,335 miles [11,804.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,255 miles [8,457.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Raven ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Raven.

While the name Raven is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Nebraska


Our profile page for Raven   [Map]

Distance: About 960 miles [1,545 km] to the Northwest.


Edgar County

Our profile page for Raven, Edgar County   [Map]

Distance: About 663 miles [1,067 km] to the East.


Knott County

Our profile page for Raven, Knott County   [Map]

Distance: About 962 miles [1,548.2 km] to the East Southeast.


Tazewell County

Our profile page for Raven, Tazewell County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,019 miles [1,639.9 km] to the East Southeast.

West Virginia

Nicholas County

Our profile page for Raven, Nicholas County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Raven ...

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.

Cascade   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the West of Raven   [Map]

Falter Place   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hartgraves Place   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Johnstown   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Long Pine   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Rose   -   18 miles [29 km] to the East   [Map]

Sandridge   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the North   [Map]

Wood Lake   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Nebraska

About Brown County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Raven) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Raven. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.2756, Longitude: -99.8660     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Raven 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 Raven 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 322.947 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 321.155 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.824 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 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 Raven 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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