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Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Melvin 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 Melvin. 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 Melvin.

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

The Polk County sighting report from eBird.

Since Melvin is near Red Lake County and also Norman County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Red Lake County

Sighting report for Norman 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 Melvin.

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

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

  • Crookston [Map], which is the Seat of Polk County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Melvin to Crookston, 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 four to five hours.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 242 miles [389.5 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,139 miles [1,833 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 45 days and walking would take 65 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,181 miles [9,947.4 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 6,943 miles [11,173.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,878 miles [7,850.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Melvin ...

We have found 16 communities that share the name Melvin.

While the name Melvin is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 16 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Minnesota

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Alabama

Choctaw County

Our profile page for Melvin, Choctaw County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,160 miles [1,866.8 km] to the South Southeast.

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Melvin, Lauderdale County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 980 miles [1,577.2 km] to the South Southeast.

California

Fresno County

Our profile page for Melvin, Fresno County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,398 miles [2,249.9 km] to the West Southwest.

Colorado

Arapahoe County

Our profile page for Melvin, Arapahoe County

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

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

Florida

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Melvin, Hamilton County

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

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

Illinois

Ford County

Our profile page for Melvin, Ford County   [Map]

Distance: About 631 miles [1,015.5 km] to the Southeast.

Iowa

Osceola County

Our profile page for Melvin, Osceola County   [Map]

Distance: About 301 miles [484.4 km] to the South.

Kentucky

Floyd County

Our profile page for Melvin, Floyd County   [Map]

Distance: About 991 miles [1,594.9 km] to the Southeast.

Michigan

Sanilac County

Our profile page for Melvin, Sanilac County   [Map]

Distance: About 722 miles [1,161.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Missouri

Benton County

Our profile page for Melvin, Benton County

This community is historic.

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

Nevada

White Pine County

Our profile page for Melvin, White Pine County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,066 miles [1,715.6 km] to the West Southwest.

Ohio

Clinton County

Our profile page for Melvin, Clinton County   [Map]

Distance: About 845 miles [1,359.9 km] to the Southeast.

Oklahoma

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Melvin, Cherokee County

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

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

Ontario

Our profile page for Melvin

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

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

Pennsylvania

McKean County

Our profile page for Melvin, McKean County

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

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

Texas

McCulloch County

Our profile page for Melvin, McCulloch County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,146 miles [1,844.3 km] to the South.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Melvin ...

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.

Climax   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the West of Melvin   [Map]

Fertile   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Flaming   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Gary   -   18 miles [29 km] to the South   [Map]

Greenview   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Harold   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Maple Bay   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Mentor   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Red Lake Falls   -   18 miles [29 km] to the North   [Map]

Winger   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the East   [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 Melvin. 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.

Milton Orville Thompson

Astronaut, test pilot. He was born in Crookston (Minnesota) on Tueday May 4, 1926 and died in Lancaster (California) on Friday August 6, 1993 at an age of 67. He was buried at Joshua Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Crookston [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest of Melvin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Milton Orville Thompson<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Minnesota

About Polk County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Polk County: www.co.polk.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' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Melvin) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Melvin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.6208, Longitude: -96.3892     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Melvin 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 Melvin 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 320.544 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.063 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.706 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 Melvin, 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 Melvin 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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<9>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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