A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Orem, Utah

Nearby Census Genealogy
Cemeteries Tidbits &
Other UT

Introduction ...

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

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

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Orem

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 Orem. 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 Orem.

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

Sighting report for Utah County

Since Orem is near Weber County and also Wasatch County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Weber County

Sighting report for Wasatch County

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit


Curious and Interesting Names Near Orem ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Bunker   -   2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the Northwest of Orem   [Map]

Christmas City   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Geneva   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hardy   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Lakeview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Lincoln   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Pleasant View   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Snow   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Vineyard   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Wicks   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Orem. 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.

Professional golf. He was born in Chula Vista (California) on Wednesday June 24, 1931 and died in Springville (Utah) on Saturday February 7, 2015 at the age of 83. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery (Utah County, Utah) [Map].

Springville [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast of Orem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Casper<2>

Songwriter, record producer. He was born in Tempe (Arizona) on Monday January 8, 1945 and died in Orem on Sunday April 13, 2003 at the age of 58. He was buried at Orem City Cemetery (Utah County, Utah) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Prentice 'Sean' Delaney

Professional boxer. He was born in West Jordan (Utah) on Tueday February 21, 1939 and died in West Jordan (Utah) on Saturday January 28, 2012 at the age of 72. He was buried at South Jordan Cemetery (Salt Lake County, Utah) [Map].

West Jordan [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Orem

West Jordan [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Orem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Don Fullmer

Professional boxer. He was born in West Jordan (Utah) on Tueday July 21, 1931 and died in West Jordan (Utah) on Monday April 27, 2015 at the age of 83. He was buried at South Jordan Cemetery (Salt Lake County, Utah) [Map].

West Jordan [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Orem

West Jordan [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Orem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lawrence 'Gene' Fullmer

Major League Baseball. He was born in Riverside (California) on Tueday December 23, 1941 and died in Provo (Utah) on Thursday February 13, 1964 at the age of 22. He was buried at Montecito Memorial Park (San Bernardino County, California) [Map].

Provo [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the southeast of Orem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ken Hubbs

Artist, photographer, author. He was born in Park City (Utah) on Wednesday January 27, 1897 and died in La Jolla (California) on Thursday August 12, 1965 at the age of 68. He was buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Park City [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Orem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Mortensen

Screenwriter. He was born in Heber City (Utah) on Monday December 15, 1952 and died in Calabasas (California) on Tueday May 27, 2003 at the age of 50. He was buried at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Heber City [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast of Orem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ernest 'Ernie' Wallengren

Professional golf. He was born in Chipley (Florida) on Saturday August 6, 1938 and died in Park City (Utah) on Friday August 26, 1994 at the age of 56. He was buried at Oakland Cemetery (Leon County, Florida) [Map].

Park City [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Orem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Albert Winsborough 'Bert' Yancey

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Orem and extending to:

  • Provo [Map], which is the Seat of Utah County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Salt Lake City [Map], which is the State Capital of Utah, lies 33 miles [53.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Orem to Salt Lake City, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,834 miles [2,951.5 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of three days, a buggy would take 72 days and walking would take 105 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,022 miles [11,300.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,790 miles [12,536.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,765 miles [9,277.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Utah

About Utah County

About Utah

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Orem:

The official website for Utah County:

The official website for State of Utah:

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- Orem) 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 Orem. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Orem

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orem. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.2972, Longitude: -111.6950     [Map].
<2>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:
<3>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.
<4>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 Orem to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 331.725 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 331.211 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.687 degrees.






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