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Hoffman, Minnesota

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The location of Hoffman

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Hoffman 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 Hoffman. 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 Hoffman.

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

The Grant County sighting report from eBird.

Since Hoffman is near Douglas County and also Pope County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Douglas County

Sighting report for Pope 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 Hoffman.

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

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

  • Elbow Lake [Map], which is the Seat of Grant County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Hoffman to Elbow Lake, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 144 miles [231.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,066 miles [1,715.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving 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 6,257 miles [10,069.7 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 7,017 miles [11,292.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,939 miles [7,948.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Hoffman ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Hoffman.

While the name Hoffman is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Minnesota

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Clinton County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Clinton County   [Map]

Distance: About 603 miles [970.4 km] to the Southeast.


Allegany County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Allegany County   [Map]

Distance: About 954 miles [1,535.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Carroll County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Carroll County

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

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

Frederick County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Frederick County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,033 miles [1,662.5 km] to the East Southeast.


Presque Isle County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Presque Isle County

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

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


Holmes County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Holmes County   [Map]

Distance: About 931 miles [1,498.3 km] to the South Southeast.


Cooper County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Cooper County   [Map]

Distance: About 503 miles [809.5 km] to the South Southeast.

Johnson County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Johnson County   [Map]

Distance: About 488 miles [785.4 km] to the South Southeast.


Park County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Park County   [Map]

Distance: About 722 miles [1,161.9 km] to the West.

New Jersey

Middlesex County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Middlesex County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,139 miles [1,833 km] to the East Southeast.

New York

Niagara County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Niagara County   [Map]

Distance: About 855 miles [1,376 km] to the East.

North Carolina

Richmond County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Richmond County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,129 miles [1,816.9 km] to the Southeast.


Okmulgee County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Okmulgee County   [Map]

Distance: About 714 miles [1,149.1 km] to the South.


Our profile page for Hoffman   [Map]

Distance: About 889 miles [1,430.7 km] to the East.


Lehigh County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Lehigh County

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

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

Perry County

Our profile page for Hoffman, Perry County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Hoffman ...

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.

Alberta   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southwest of Hoffman   [Map]

Charlesville   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the West   [Map]

Elbow Lake   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Farwell   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Herman   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Leaf Valley   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Long Beach   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Nelson   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the East   [Map]

Starbuck   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast   [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 Hoffman. 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.

Franklin Clarence Mars

Creator of the Milky Way candy bar. He was born in Hancock (Minnesota) on Wednesday September 24, 1884 and died in Baltimore (Maryland) on Sunday April 8, 1934 at an age of 49. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Hancock [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the south of Hoffman

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Franklin Clarence Mars<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Grant County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Grant County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or 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- Hoffman) 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 Hoffman. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Hoffman

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hoffman. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.8340, Longitude: -95.7876     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Hoffman 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 Hoffman 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 320.105 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.333 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.819 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Hoffman 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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