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Luce, Minnesota

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The location of Luce

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Luce 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 Luce. 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 Luce.

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

The Otter Tail County sighting report from eBird.

Since Luce is near Becker County and also Wadena County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Becker County

Sighting report for Wadena 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 Luce.

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

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

  • Fergus Falls [Map], which is the Seat of Otter Tail County, lies 32 miles [51.5 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Luce to Fergus Falls, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 170 miles [273.6 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,081 miles [1,739.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 43 days and walking would take 62 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,210 miles [9,994 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 6,970 miles [11,217.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,896 miles [7,879.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Luce ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Luce.

While the name Luce is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Minnesota


Saginaw County

Our profile page for Luce, Saginaw County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 614 miles [988.1 km] to the East Southeast.


Buffalo County

Our profile page for Luce, Buffalo County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Luce ...

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.

Basswood   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the South of Luce   [Map]

Butler   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Dent   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Evergreen   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Hillview   -   18 miles [29 km] to the East   [Map]

Maine   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Ottertail   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Richards   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Richville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Wolf Lake   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Minnesota

About Otter Tail County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Otter Tail County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Luce) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Luce. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.6577, Longitude: -95.6528     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Luce 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 Luce 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 320.009 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.331 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.533 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 Luce, 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Luce 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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