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Medford, Minnesota

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The location of Medford

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Medford 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 Medford. 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 Medford.

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

The Steele County sighting report from eBird.

Since Medford is near Rice County and also Waseca County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Rice County

Sighting report for Waseca 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 Medford.

How Far From Medford to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Medford to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Owatonna [Map], which is the Seat of Steele County, lies just to the South.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 54 miles [86.9 km] to the North (N). If you could walk a straight line from Medford to Saint Paul, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 911 miles [1,466.1 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 36 days and walking would take 52 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,263 miles [10,079.3 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 7,017 miles [11,292.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,921 miles [7,919.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Medford ...

We have found 14 communities that share the name Medford.

While the name Medford is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 14 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Minnesota

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Desha County

Our profile page for Medford, Desha County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 713 miles [1,147.5 km] to the South.


Delaware County

Our profile page for Medford, Delaware County   [Map]

Distance: About 492 miles [791.8 km] to the East Southeast.


Piscataquis County

Our profile page for Medford, Piscataquis County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,194 miles [1,921.6 km] to the East Northeast.


Carroll County

Our profile page for Medford, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 889 miles [1,430.7 km] to the East Southeast.


Middlesex County

Our profile page for Medford, Middlesex County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,115 miles [1,794.4 km] to the East.


Johnson County

Our profile page for Medford, Johnson County   [Map]

Distance: About 383 miles [616.4 km] to the South.

New Brunswick

Our profile page for Medford   [Map]

Distance: About 1,244 miles [2,002 km] to the East Northeast.

New Jersey

Burlington County

Our profile page for Medford, Burlington County   [Map]

Distance: About 987 miles [1,588.4 km] to the East.

New York

Suffolk County

Our profile page for Medford, Suffolk County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,053 miles [1,694.6 km] to the East.

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Medford   [Map]

Distance: About 1,412 miles [2,272.4 km] to the East Northeast.


Grant County

Our profile page for Medford, Grant County   [Map]

Distance: About 560 miles [901.2 km] to the South Southwest.


Jackson County

Our profile page for Medford, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,487 miles [2,393.1 km] to the West.


Anderson County

Our profile page for Medford, Anderson County   [Map]

Distance: About 730 miles [1,174.8 km] to the Southeast.


Taylor County

Our profile page for Medford, Taylor County   [Map]

Distance: About 157 miles [252.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Medford ...

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.

Cannon City   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North of Medford   [Map]

Colony Court   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Havana   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Hope   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Prairieville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Rice Lake   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

River Point   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Shieldsville   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Skyberg   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Minnesota

About Steele County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Medford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.1709, Longitude: -93.2450     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Medford 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 Medford 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 318.278 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.031 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.84 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 Medford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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