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Libby, Minnesota

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The location of Libby

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Libby 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 Libby. 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 Libby.

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

The Aitkin County sighting report from eBird.

Since Libby is near Carlton County and also Saint Louis County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Carlton County

Sighting report for Saint Louis 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 Libby.

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

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

  • Aitkin [Map], which is the Seat of Aitkin County, lies 25 miles [40.2 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Libby to Aitkin, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days 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 126 miles [202.8 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 985 miles [1,585.2 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 6,131 miles [9,866.9 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 6,889 miles [11,086.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,807 miles [7,736.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Libby ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Libby.

While the name Libby is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Minnesota


Cleburne County

Our profile page for Libby, Cleburne County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 785 miles [1,263.3 km] to the South.


Harlan County

Our profile page for Libby, Harlan County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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


Lincoln County

Our profile page for Libby, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,037 miles [1,668.9 km] to the West Northwest.

Missoula County

Our profile page for Libby, Missoula County

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

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


Box Butte County

Our profile page for Libby, Box Butte County

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

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


Coos County

Our profile page for Libby, Coos County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,516 miles [2,439.8 km] to the West.


Nacogdoches County

Our profile page for Libby, Nacogdoches County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Libby ...

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.

Ball Bluff   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North of Libby   [Map]

Floodwood   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Haypoint   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hill City   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Island   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Shovel Lake   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Swan River   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Thor   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the South   [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 Libby. 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.

Warren William     (Born as Warren William Krech)

Actor. He was born in Aitkin (Minnesota) on Sunday December 2, 1894 and died in Hollywood (California) on Friday September 24, 1948 at an age of 53.

Aitkin [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Libby

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Warren William<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Minnesota

About Aitkin County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Aitkin County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

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- Libby) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Libby. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.7841, Longitude: -93.3252     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Libby 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 Libby 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 318.327 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.437 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.179 degrees.

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<7>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 Libby, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Libby 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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<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:

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