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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Lafayette 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 Lafayette. 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 Lafayette.

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

The Nicollet County sighting report from eBird.

Since Lafayette is near Sibley County and also Brown County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Sibley County

Sighting report for Brown 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Lafayette.

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

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

  • Saint Peter [Map], which is the Seat of Nicollet County, lies 22 miles [35.4 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Lafayette to Saint Peter, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 72 miles [115.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 4 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 971 miles [1,562.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 38 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 6,286 miles [10,116.3 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 7,042 miles [11,333 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,952 miles [7,969.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Lafayette ...

We have found 38 communities that share the name Lafayette.

While the name Lafayette is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 38 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Minnesota

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Alabama

Chambers County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Chambers County   [Map]

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

California

Contra Costa County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Contra Costa County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,502 miles [2,417.2 km] to the West.

Colorado

Boulder County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Boulder County   [Map]

Distance: About 627 miles [1,009.1 km] to the West Southwest.

Florida

Leon County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Leon County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,115 miles [1,794.4 km] to the South Southeast.

Georgia

Walker County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Walker County   [Map]

Distance: About 828 miles [1,332.5 km] to the Southeast.

Illinois

Randolph County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Randolph County

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

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

Indiana

Tippecanoe County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Tippecanoe County   [Map]

Distance: About 474 miles [762.8 km] to the Southeast.

Iowa

Linn County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Linn County   [Map]

Distance: About 209 miles [336.4 km] to the Southeast.

Louisa County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Louisa County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 266 miles [428.1 km] to the Southeast.

Kansas

Doniphan County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Doniphan County

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

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

Stevens County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Stevens County

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

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

Kentucky

Christian County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Christian County   [Map]

Distance: About 642 miles [1,033.2 km] to the Southeast.

Louisiana

Lafayette Parish

Our profile page for Lafayette, Lafayette Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 990 miles [1,593.3 km] to the South.

Orleans Parish

Our profile page for Lafayette, Orleans Parish   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,030 miles [1,657.6 km] to the South Southeast.

Maryland

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Baltimore County

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

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

Michigan

Gratiot County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Gratiot County

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

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

Kent County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Kent County

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

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

Missouri

Clinton County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Clinton County

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

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

New Jersey

Sussex County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Sussex County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,022 miles [1,644.7 km] to the East.

New York

Onondaga County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Onondaga County   [Map]

Distance: About 917 miles [1,475.8 km] to the East.

North Carolina

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Cumberland County

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

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

Ohio

Allen County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Allen County   [Map]

Distance: About 588 miles [946.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Hancock County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Hancock County

This community is historic.

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

Holmes County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Holmes County

This community is historic.

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

Madison County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Madison County   [Map]

Distance: About 641 miles [1,031.6 km] to the East Southeast.

Medina County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Medina County   [Map]

Distance: About 671 miles [1,079.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Oklahoma

Haskell County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Haskell County   [Map]

Distance: About 641 miles [1,031.6 km] to the South.

Oregon

Yamhill County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Yamhill County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,399 miles [2,251.5 km] to the West Northwest.

Pennsylvania

McKean County

Our profile page for Lafayette, McKean County   [Map]

Distance: About 811 miles [1,305.2 km] to the East.

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,020 miles [1,641.5 km] to the East.

Rhode Island

Washington County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,170 miles [1,882.9 km] to the East.

Tennessee

Macon County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Macon County   [Map]

Distance: About 700 miles [1,126.5 km] to the Southeast.

Putnam County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Putnam County   [Map]

Distance: About 729 miles [1,173.2 km] to the Southeast.

Texas

Lamar County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Lamar County

This community is historic.

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

Upshur County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Upshur County   [Map]

Distance: About 797 miles [1,282.6 km] to the South.

Virginia

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 890 miles [1,432.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Orange County

Our profile page for Lafayette, Orange County

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

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

West Virginia

Our profile page for Lafayette

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Lafayette ...

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.

Butternut   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the South of Lafayette   [Map]

Iberia   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

New Sweden   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Poor Farm Landing   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rush River   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Sleepy Eye   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Stark   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Traverse   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the East   [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 Lafayette. 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.

John Anthony 'Whoopee John' Wilfahrt

Musician, bandleader. He was born in New Ulm (Minnesota) on Thursday May 11, 1893 and died in Saint Paul (Minnesota) on Thursday June 15, 1961 at an age of 68.

New Ulm [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the south of Lafayette

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Anthony 'Whoopee John' Wilfahrt<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Nicollet County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Nicollet County: www.co.nicollet.mn.us/

The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Lafayette) 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 Lafayette. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Lafayette

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lafayette. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.4473, Longitude: -94.3933     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 319.092 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.997 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.392 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 Lafayette 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>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Lafayette, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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: findagrave.com.

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