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Keenan, Minnesota

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The location of Keenan

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Keenan 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 Keenan. 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 Keenan.

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

The Saint Louis County sighting report from eBird.

Since Keenan is near Itasca County, we have provided a link to its eBird sighting report:

Sighting report for Itasca 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 Keenan.

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

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

  • Duluth [Map], which is the Seat of Saint Louis County, lies 47 miles [75.6 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Keenan to Duluth, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 169 miles [272 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 976 miles [1,570.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 39 days and walking would take 56 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,078 miles [9,781.6 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 6,836 miles [11,001.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,755 miles [7,652.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Keenan ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Keenan.

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

Communities Outside of Minnesota


Osceola County

Our profile page for Keenan, Osceola County

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

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


Woodward County

Our profile page for Keenan, Woodward County   [Map]

Distance: About 845 miles [1,359.9 km] to the South Southwest.


Butler County

Our profile page for Keenan, Butler County   [Map]

Distance: About 763 miles [1,227.9 km] to the East Southeast.


Montgomery County

Our profile page for Keenan, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,189 miles [1,913.5 km] to the South.

West Virginia

Monroe County

Our profile page for Keenan, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 913 miles [1,469.3 km] to the Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Keenan ...

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.

Cherry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West of Keenan   [Map]

De Forest   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Franklin   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Gilbert   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Grant   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hopper   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Iron Junction   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Mountain Iron   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Rainy Junction   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Spruce   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Virginia   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Wolf   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [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 Keenan. 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.

Milton Kenneth 'Curly' Brink

Professional hockey. He was born in Hibbing (Minnesota) on Wednesday October 26, 1910 and died in Eveleth (Minnesota) on Sunday October 31, 1999 at an age of 89. He was buried at Eveleth Cemetery (Saint Louis County, Minnesota) [Map].

Hibbing [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Keenan

Eveleth [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast of Keenan

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Milton Kenneth 'Curly' Brink<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Minnesota

About Saint Louis County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Louis 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Keenan) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Keenan. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.3833, Longitude: -92.6044     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Keenan 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 Keenan 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 317.798 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.919 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.596 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 Keenan 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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