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The location of Unorganized Territory of Marion Lake









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Marion Lake 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 Marion Lake. 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 Marion Lake.

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

The Saint Louis County sighting report from eBird.

Since Marion Lake is near Lake County and also Douglas County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Lake 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Marion Lake.

How Far From Marion Lake 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 community such as Marion Lake to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Duluth [Map], which is the Seat of Saint Louis County, lies 26 miles [41.8 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Marion Lake to Duluth, 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 just over a day.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 161 miles [259.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 943 miles [1,517.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving 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 6,070 miles [9,768.7 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 6,827 miles [10,987 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,742 miles [7,631.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Marion Lake ...

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.

Arnold   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the South of Marion Lake   [Map]

Clappers   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the North   [Map]

French River   -   18 miles [29 km] to the South   [Map]

Highland   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Knife River   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

London   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the East   [Map]

Silver Creek   -   18 miles [29 km] to the East   [Map]

Two Harbors   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Waldo   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast   [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 Marion Lake. 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.

Dorothy Arnold     (Born as Dorothy Arnoldine Olson)

Actress. She was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Wednesday November 21, 1917 and died in Palm Springs (California) on Tueday November 13, 1984 at an age of 67. She was buried at Desert Memorial Park (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Marion Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dorothy Arnold<7>

Spencer Harris

Major League Baseball. He was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Sunday August 12, 1900 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Saturday July 3, 1982 at an age of 81. He was buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Marion Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Spencer Harris

Peggy Knudsen     (Born as Margaret Ann Knudsen)

Actress. She was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Friday April 27, 1923 and died in Encino (California) on Friday July 11, 1980 at an age of 57. She was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Marion Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Peggy Knudsen

Gordy Soltau

Professional football. He was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Sunday January 25, 1925 and died in Santa Clara (California) on Monday October 27, 2014 at an age of 89. He was buried at Alta Mesa Memorial Park (Santa Clara County, California) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Marion Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gordy Soltau

Thomas Mark Williams

Professional hockey. He was born in Duluth (Minnesota) on Wednesday April 17, 1940 and died in Marlborough (Massachusetts) on Saturday February 8, 1992 at an age of 51. He was buried at Forestvale Cemetery (Middlesex County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Duluth [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the south of Marion Lake

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Mark Williams

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Minnesota

About Saint Louis County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Louis County: www.co.st-louis.mn.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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Marion Lake) 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 Marion Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Unorganized Territory of Marion Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Marion Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.1549, Longitude: -91.9839     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Marion Lake 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 Marion Lake 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 317.359 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.391 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 309.312 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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