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Holyoke, Minnesota

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The location of Holyoke

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Holyoke 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 Holyoke. 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 Holyoke.

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

The Carlton County sighting report from eBird.

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

Sighting report for Pine County

Sighting report for Douglas 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 Holyoke.

How Far From Holyoke to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Holyoke to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Carlton [Map], which is the Seat of Carlton County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Holyoke to Carlton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours 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 109 miles [175.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 935 miles [1,504.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 37 days and walking would take 54 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,118 miles [9,846 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 6,874 miles [11,062.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,787 miles [7,703.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Holyoke ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Holyoke.

While the name Holyoke is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Minnesota


Our profile page for Holyoke   [Map]

Distance: About 957 miles [1,540.1 km] to the Northwest.


Phillips County

Our profile page for Holyoke, Phillips County   [Map]

Distance: About 640 miles [1,030 km] to the Southwest.


Ellsworth County

Our profile page for Holyoke, Ellsworth County

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

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

Franklin County

Our profile page for Holyoke, Franklin County

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

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


Hampden County

Our profile page for Holyoke, Hampden County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,015 miles [1,633.5 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Holyoke ...

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.

Blackhoof   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest of Holyoke   [Map]

Dewey (WI)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Gary   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Kingsdale   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Moose Junction (WI)   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Moose Lake   -   18 miles [29 km] to the West   [Map]

Oliver (WI)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Otter Creek   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Riverview (WI)   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Sunnyside (WI)   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Superior Village (WI)   -   18 miles [29 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 Holyoke. 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.

Dorothy Arnold     (Born as Dorothy Arnoldine Olson)

Actress. She was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Wednesday November 21, 1917 and died in Palm Springs (California) on Tueday November 13, 1984 at an age of 67. She was buried at Desert Memorial Park (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Holyoke

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dorothy Arnold<8>

Spencer Harris

Major League Baseball. He was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Sunday August 12, 1900 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Saturday July 3, 1982 at an age of 81. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Holyoke

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Spencer Harris

Peggy Knudsen     (Born as Margaret Ann Knudsen)

Actress. She was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Friday April 27, 1923 and died in Encino (California) on Friday July 11, 1980 at an age of 57. She was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Holyoke

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Peggy Knudsen

Jessica Lange     (Jessica Phyllis Lange)

Oscar winning actress. She was born in Cloquet (Minnesota) on Wednesday April 20, 1949

Cloquet [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Holyoke

Dom Moselle

Professional football. He was born in Gile (Wisconsin) on Tueday June 23, 1925 and died in Superior (Wisconsin) on Thursday August 19, 2010 at an age of 85. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Douglas County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Superior [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast of Holyoke

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dom Moselle

Marian Nixon     (Born as Marian Nissinen)

Actress. She was born in Superior (Wisconsin) on Thursday October 20, 1904 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday February 13, 1983 at an age of 78. She was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Superior [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the northeast of Holyoke

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Marian Nixon

Barbara Payton     (Born as Barbara Redfield)

Actress. She was born in Cloquet (Minnesota) on Wednesday November 16, 1927 and died in San Diego (California) on Monday May 8, 1967 at an age of 39.

Cloquet [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Holyoke

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Barbara Payton

Gordy Soltau

Professional football. He was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Sunday January 25, 1925 and died in Santa Clara (California) on Monday October 27, 2014 at an age of 89. He was buried at Alta Mesa Memorial Park (Santa Clara County, California) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Holyoke

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gordy Soltau

Thomas Mark Williams

Professional hockey. He was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Wednesday April 17, 1940 and died in Marlborough (Massachusetts) on Saturday February 8, 1992 at an age of 51. He was buried at Forestvale Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Holyoke

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Mark Williams

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Minnesota

About Carlton County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Carlton 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- Holyoke) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Holyoke. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Holyoke

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Holyoke. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.4674, Longitude: -92.3885     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Holyoke 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 Holyoke 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 317.662 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.64 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.743 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 Holyoke 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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