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Holmes City, Minnesota

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The location of Holmes City

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Holmes City 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 Holmes City. 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 Holmes City.

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

The Douglas County sighting report from eBird.

Since Holmes City is near Pope County and also Grant County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Pope County

Sighting report for Grant 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 Holmes City.

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

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

  • Alexandria [Map], which is the Seat of Douglas County, lies just to the East Northeast.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 133 miles [214 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Holmes City to Saint Paul, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,055 miles [1,697.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 42 days and walking would take 60 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,250 miles [10,058.4 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 7,009 miles [11,279.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,930 miles [7,934.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Holmes City ...

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.

Elbow Lake   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Northwest of Holmes City   [Map]

Farwell   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Grove Lake   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Leaf Valley   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Long Beach   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Miltona   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Nelson   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Rose City   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Spruce Center   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Starbuck   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Terrace   -   24 miles [38.6 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 Holmes City. 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.

Sinclair Lewis     (Harry Sinclair Lewis)

Author. He was born in Sauk Centre (Minnesota) on Saturday February 7, 1885 and died in Rome (Italy) [Map] on Wednesday January 10, 1951 at an age of 65. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Stearns County, Minnesota) [Map].

Sauk Centre [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Holmes City

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Sinclair Lewis<7>

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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Holmes City

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Franklin Clarence Mars

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Douglas County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Douglas 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- Holmes City) 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 Holmes City. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Holmes City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Holmes City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.8336, Longitude: -95.5412     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Holmes City 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 Holmes City 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 319.926 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.13 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.68 degrees.

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<7>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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