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Rudy, Nebraska

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The location of Rudy

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Rudy 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 Rudy. 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 Rudy.

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

The Jefferson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Rudy is near Washington County and also Gage County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Washington County

Sighting report for Gage 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 Rudy.

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

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

  • Fairbury [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 54 miles [86.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). If you could walk a straight line from Rudy to Lincoln, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,067 miles [1,717.2 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 42 days and walking would take 61 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,606 miles [10,631.3 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 7,357 miles [11,839.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,257 miles [8,460.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rudy ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Rudy.

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

Communities Outside of Nebraska


Crawford County

Our profile page for Rudy, Crawford County   [Map]

Distance: About 348 miles [560.1 km] to the South Southeast.


Jefferson County

Our profile page for Rudy, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 798 miles [1,284.3 km] to the West Northwest.


Montgomery County

Our profile page for Rudy, Montgomery County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Rudy ...

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.

Badger   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the East of Rudy   [Map]

Bower (Historic)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Diller   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Greenleaf (KS)   -   23 miles [37 km] to the South   [Map]

Hermansberg (KS)   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Hubbell   -   23 miles [37 km] to the West   [Map]

Lone Elm (KS)   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Meridian (Historic)   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Plymouth   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [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 Rudy. 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.

Ken Darby     (Kenneth Lorin Darby)

Composer, lyricist, conductor. He was born in Hebron (Nebraska) on Thursday May 13, 1909 and died in Sherman Oaks (California) on Friday January 24, 1992 at an age of 82. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Hebron [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the west of Rudy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ken Darby<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Nebraska

About Jefferson County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jefferson County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Rudy) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rudy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.0644, Longitude: -97.0548     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rudy 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 Rudy 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 320.806 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.409 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.729 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 Rudy 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:

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