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Lanesboro, Minnesota

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Lanesboro 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 Lanesboro. 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 Lanesboro.

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

The Fillmore County sighting report from eBird.

Since Lanesboro is near Winona County and also Houston County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Winona County

Sighting report for Houston 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 Lanesboro.

How Far From Lanesboro to ...

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

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

  • Preston [Map], which is the Seat of Fillmore County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 101 miles [162.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Lanesboro to Saint Paul, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 841 miles [1,353.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 33 days and walking would take 48 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,244 miles [10,048.7 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 6,995 miles [11,257.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,894 miles [7,876.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Lanesboro ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Lanesboro.

While the name Lanesboro is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Minnesota


Carroll County

Our profile page for Lanesboro, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 173 miles [278.4 km] to the Southwest.


Berkshire County

Our profile page for Lanesboro, Berkshire County

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

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


Susquehanna County

Our profile page for Lanesboro, Susquehanna County   [Map]

Distance: About 837 miles [1,347 km] to the East.


Washington County

Our profile page for Lanesboro, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 974 miles [1,567.5 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Lanesboro ...

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.

Big Spring   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South of Lanesboro   [Map]

Bucksnort   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Clyde   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Fountain   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Harmony   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Henrytown   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Highland   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Tawney   -   11 miles [17.7 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 Lanesboro. 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.

Paul Robert Giel

Major League Baseball. He was born in Winona (Minnesota) on Thursday September 29, 1932 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Wednesday May 22, 2002 at an age of 69. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Winona [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northeast of Lanesboro

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Robert Giel<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Minnesota

About Fillmore County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Fillmore 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- Lanesboro) 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 Lanesboro. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Lanesboro

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lanesboro. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.7181, Longitude: -91.9720     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Lanesboro 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 Lanesboro 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 317.384 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.95 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.279 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 Lanesboro 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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