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Louriston, Minnesota

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The location of Louriston

Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Louriston, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Louriston and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Louriston 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 Louriston. 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 Louriston.

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

The Chippewa County sighting report from eBird.

Since Louriston is near Swift County and also Kandiyohi County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Swift County

Sighting report for Kandiyohi 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 Louriston.

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

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

  • Montevideo [Map], which is the Seat of Chippewa County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Louriston to Montevideo, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 115 miles [185.1 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,034 miles [1,664.1 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 6,286 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 7,044 miles [11,336.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,961 miles [7,984 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Louriston ...

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.

Clara City   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast of Louriston   [Map]

Granite Falls   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Hazel Run   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Raymond   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Roseland   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Sacred Heart   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Spicer   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Swift Falls   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Valley Courts   -   20 miles [32.2 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 Louriston. 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.

Frances Belle O'Connor

Actress, sideshow performer. She was born in Granite Falls (Minnesota) on Tueday September 8, 1914 and died in Long Beach (California) on Saturday January 30, 1982 at an age of 67.

Granite Falls [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Louriston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frances Belle O'Connor<7>

Clarence Leonard 'Tuffy' Thompson

Professional football. He was born in Montevideo (Minnesota) on Monday September 28, 1914 and died in Jacksonville (Florida) on Saturday February 5, 2000 at an age of 85.

Montevideo [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest of Louriston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clarence Leonard 'Tuffy' Thompson

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Chippewa County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Chippewa 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- Louriston) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Louriston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.0944, Longitude: -95.4520     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Louriston 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 Louriston 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 319.856 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.953 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.814 degrees.

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<7>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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