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Ruthton, Nebraska

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The location of Ruthton

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ruthton 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 Ruthton. 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 Ruthton.

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

The Keith County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ruthton is near Garden County and also Arthur County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Garden County

Sighting report for Arthur 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 Ruthton.

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

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

  • Ogallala [Map], which is the Seat of Keith County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Ruthton to Ogallala, 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 6 hours.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 278 miles [447.4 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,324 miles [2,130.8 km] to the East (E). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 52 days and walking would take 76 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,695 miles [10,774.6 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 7,455 miles [11,997.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,380 miles [8,658.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ruthton ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Ruthton.

While the name Ruthton is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Nebraska


Trego County

Our profile page for Ruthton, Trego County

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

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


Madison County

Our profile page for Ruthton, Madison County   [Map]

Distance: About 966 miles [1,554.6 km] to the East.


Pipestone County

Our profile page for Ruthton, Pipestone County   [Map]

Distance: About 358 miles [576.1 km] to the Northeast.


Sullivan County

Our profile page for Ruthton, Sullivan County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,114 miles [1,792.8 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ruthton ...

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.

Arthur   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the Northeast of Ruthton   [Map]

Big Springs   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Julesburg (CO)   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Keystone   -   23 miles [37 km] to the East   [Map]

Lyons Place   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Martin   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Rackett   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Rounds Place   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the Northeast   [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 Ruthton. 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.

Kathleen Eileen Hooker Robinson

Actress. She was born in Julesburg (Colorado) on Monday January 23, 1922 and died in La Canada-Flintridge (California) on Monday July 28, 1958 at an age of 36. She was buried at Kohlerlawn Cemetery (Canyon County, Idaho) [Map].

Julesburg [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Ruthton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kathleen Eileen Hooker Robinson<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Keith County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Keith 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ruthton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruthton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.3111, Longitude: -102.0107     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ruthton 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 Ruthton 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 324.453 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 322.79 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.146 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 Ruthton 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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