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Long Prairie, Minnesota

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The location of Long Prairie

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Long Prairie 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 Long Prairie. 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 Long Prairie.

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

The Todd County sighting report from eBird.

Since Long Prairie is near Morrison County and also Douglas County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Morrison 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 Long Prairie.

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

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

  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 111 miles [178.6 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from Long Prairie to Saint Paul, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,028 miles [1,654.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 59 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,221 miles [10,011.7 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 6,980 miles [11,233.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,899 miles [7,884.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Long Prairie ...

While the name Long Prairie is unique within Minnesota, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Minnesota


Wayne County

Our profile page for Long Prairie, Wayne County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Long Prairie ...

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.

Eagle Bend   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest of Long Prairie   [Map]

Grey Eagle   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Little Sauk   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Pillsbury   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Pleasant Beach   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rose City   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Round Prairie   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Swanville   -   11 miles [17.7 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 Long Prairie. 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.

Carmen Proctor Hill

Major League Baseball. He was born in Royalton (Minnesota) on Tueday October 1, 1895 and died in Indianapolis (Indiana) on Monday January 1, 1990 at an age of 94. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery (Marion County, Indiana) [Map].

Royalton [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Long Prairie

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Carmen Proctor Hill<8>

Sinclair Lewis     (Harry Sinclair Lewis)

Author. He was born in Sauk Centre (Minnesota) on Saturday February 7, 1885 and died in Rome (Italy) [Map] on Wednesday January 10, 1951 at an age of 65. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Stearns County, Minnesota) [Map].

Sauk Centre [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the south of Long Prairie

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Sinclair Lewis

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Minnesota

About Todd County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Long Prairie:

The official website for Todd 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- Long Prairie) 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 Long Prairie. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Long Prairie

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Long Prairie. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.9780, Longitude: -94.8634     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Long Prairie 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 Long Prairie 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 319.438 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.592 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.263 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 Long Prairie 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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