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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Mendota 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 Mendota. 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 Mendota.

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

The Dakota County sighting report from eBird.

Since Mendota is near Hennepin County and also Ramsey County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Hennepin County

Sighting report for Ramsey 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 Mendota.

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

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

  • Hastings [Map], which is the Seat of Dakota County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Mendota to Hastings, 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 five to six hours.
  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies just to the Northeast (NE).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 924 miles [1,487 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 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,224 miles [10,016.6 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 6,978 miles [11,230 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,886 miles [7,863.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Mendota ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name Mendota.

While the name Mendota is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Minnesota

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California

Fresno County

Our profile page for Mendota, Fresno County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,520 miles [2,446.2 km] to the West Southwest.

Illinois

La Salle County

Our profile page for Mendota, La Salle County   [Map]

Distance: About 307 miles [494.1 km] to the Southeast.

Iowa

Appanoose County

Our profile page for Mendota, Appanoose County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 296 miles [476.4 km] to the South.

Kansas

Decatur County

Our profile page for Mendota, Decatur County

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

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

Ellis County

Our profile page for Mendota, Ellis County

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

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

Neosho County

Our profile page for Mendota, Neosho County

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

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

Smith County

Our profile page for Mendota, Smith County

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

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

Trego County

Our profile page for Mendota, Trego County

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

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

Missouri

Putnam County

Our profile page for Mendota, Putnam County   [Map]

Distance: About 298 miles [479.6 km] to the South.

Texas

Hemphill County

Our profile page for Mendota, Hemphill County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 735 miles [1,182.9 km] to the Southwest.

Virginia

Washington County

Our profile page for Mendota, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 799 miles [1,285.9 km] to the Southeast.

West Virginia

Wetzel County

Our profile page for Mendota, Wetzel County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 723 miles [1,163.6 km] to the East Southeast.

Wisconsin

Dane County

Our profile page for Mendota, Dane County   [Map]

Distance: About 222 miles [357.3 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Mendota ...

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.

Apple Valley   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South of Mendota   [Map]

Cedar Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Edina   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Falcon Heights   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Highwood   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Landfall   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Little Canada   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Pine Bend   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Roseport   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Sunfish Lake   -   3 miles [4.8 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 Mendota. 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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest of Mendota

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tandyn D. Almer<9>

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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest of Mendota

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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest of Mendota

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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest of Mendota

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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest of Mendota

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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest of Mendota

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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest of Mendota

Robbinsdale [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the northwest of Mendota

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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the west of Mendota

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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Mendota

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 5 miles [8 km] to the northeast of Mendota

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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest of Mendota

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Mendota

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 5 miles [8 km] to the northeast of Mendota

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Richard Dix

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Dakota County: www.co.dakota.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- Mendota) 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 Mendota. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Mendota

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mendota. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.8861, Longitude: -93.1615     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mendota 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 Mendota 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 318.222 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.063 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.608 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 Mendota, 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 Mendota 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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