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The location of Maple Plain









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Maple Plain 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 Maple Plain. 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 Maple Plain.

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

The Hennepin County sighting report from eBird.

Since Maple Plain is near Wright County and also Carver County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Wright County

Sighting report for Carver 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Maple Plain.

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

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

  • Minneapolis [Map], which is the Seat of Hennepin County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Maple Plain to Minneapolis, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 27 miles [43.5 km] to the East (E). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 949 miles [1,527.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of two days, a buggy would take 37 days and walking would take 54 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,234 miles [10,032.7 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 6,989 miles [11,247.7 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>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Maple Plain ...

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.

Crescent Beach   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast of Maple Plain   [Map]

Crystal Bay   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Eureka   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Greenfield   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Independence   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Island Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Lake Sarah   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Long Lake   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Mound   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Spring Park   -   5 miles [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 Maple Plain. 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.

Tandyn D. Almer

Musician, songwriter. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Thursday July 30, 1942 and died in Washington, DC [Map] on Tueday January 8, 2013 at an age of 70. He was buried at Sunset Memorial Park (Minnesota).

Minneapolis [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tandyn D. Almer<7>

Russell Loris 'Buzz' Arlett

Major League Baseball. He was born in Oakland (California) on Tueday January 3, 1899 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Saturday May 16, 1964 at an age of 65. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Russell Loris 'Buzz' Arlett

James Arness     (Born as James King Aurness)

Actor. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Saturday May 26, 1923 and died in Brentwood (California) on Friday June 3, 2011 at an age of 88. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Arness

Lew Ayres

Actor. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Monday December 28, 1908 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday December 30, 1996 at an age of 88. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lew Ayres

Patty Berg

Professional golf. She was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Wednesday February 13, 1918 and died in Fort Myers (Florida) on Sunday September 10, 2006 at an age of 88. She was buried at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens (Lee County, Florida) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Patty Berg

John Allyn Berryman

Pulitzer Prize winning author. He was born in McAlester (Oklahoma) on Sunday October 25, 1914 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Friday January 7, 1972 at an age of 57. He was buried at Resurrection Cemetery (Dakota County, Minnesota) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Allyn Berryman

John 'Johnny' Edwin Blanchard

Major League Baseball. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Sunday February 26, 1933 and died in Robbinsdale (Minnesota) on Wednesday March 25, 2009 at an age of 76. He was buried at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Maple Plain

Robbinsdale [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the east of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John 'Johnny' Edwin Blanchard

Ossie Bluege

Major League Baseball. He was born in Chicago (Illinois) on Wednesday October 24, 1900 and died in Edina (Minnesota) on Monday October 14, 1985 at an age of 85. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Edina [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ossie Bluege

Jimmy 'Jumpin Jimmy' Earle Brown

Musician. He was born in Great Bend (Kansas) on Sunday August 8, 1926 and died in Maple Grove (Minnesota) on Monday December 18, 2006 at an age of 80. He was buried at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Maple Grove [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jimmy 'Jumpin Jimmy' Earle Brown

William Chauvenet

Mathematician, professor. He was born in Milford (Pennsylvania) on Wednesday May 24, 1820 and died in Saint Paul (Minnesota) on Tueday December 13, 1870 at an age of 50. He was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Saint Paul [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Chauvenet

George Chesebro

Actor. He was born in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Sunday July 29, 1888 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Thursday May 28, 1959 at an age of 70. He was buried at Pacific Crest Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Minneapolis [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George Chesebro

Armand Romeo 'Dutch' Delmonte

Professional hockey. He was born on Friday June 3, 1927 and died in North Oaks (Minnesota) on Tueday April 7, 1981 at an age of 53. He was buried at Timmins Memorial Cemetery (Cochrane District, Ontario) [Map].

North Oaks [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Armand Romeo 'Dutch' Delmonte

Richard Dix     (Born as Ernst Carlton Brimmer)

Oscar nominated actor. He was born in Saint Paul (Minnesota) on Tueday July 18, 1893 and died in Hollywood (California) on Tueday September 20, 1949 at an age of 56. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Saint Paul [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Maple Plain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Richard Dix

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Minnesota

About Hennepin County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Maple Plain: www.mapleplain.com/

The official website for Hennepin County: www.hennepin.us/

The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Maple Plain) 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 Maple Plain. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Maple Plain

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Maple Plain. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.0091, Longitude: -93.6614     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Maple Plain 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 Maple Plain 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 318.577 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.483 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.849 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: findagrave.com.

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