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Montevideo, Minnesota

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The location of Montevideo

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Montevideo 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 Montevideo. 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 Montevideo.

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

The Chippewa County sighting report from eBird.

Since Montevideo is near Lac qui Parle County and also Yellow Medicine County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Lac qui Parle County

Sighting report for Yellow Medicine 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 Montevideo.

How Far From Montevideo to ...

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

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

  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 128 miles [206 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Montevideo to Saint Paul, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,043 miles [1,678.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 60 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,302 miles [10,142.1 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 7,060 miles [11,362 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,977 miles [8,009.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Montevideo ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Montevideo.

While the name Montevideo is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Minnesota


Elbert County

Our profile page for Montevideo, Elbert County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,004 miles [1,615.8 km] to the Southeast.


Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Montevideo, Anne Arundel County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,047 miles [1,685 km] to the East Southeast.

Howard County

Our profile page for Montevideo, Howard County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

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


Rockingham County

Our profile page for Montevideo, Rockingham County   [Map]

Distance: About 982 miles [1,580.4 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Montevideo ...

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.

Clara City   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the East of Montevideo   [Map]

Cottonwood   -   23 miles [37 km] to the South   [Map]

Granite Falls   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Hazel Run   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Providence   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Raymond   -   23 miles [37 km] to the East   [Map]

Sacred Heart   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Spring Creek   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Valley Courts   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Wood Lake   -   22 miles [35.4 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 Montevideo. 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.

Frances Belle O'Connor

Actress, sideshow performer. She was born in Granite Falls (Minnesota) on Tueday September 8, 1914 and died in Long Beach (California) on Saturday January 30, 1982 at an age of 67.

Granite Falls [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast of Montevideo

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frances Belle O'Connor<8>

Clarence Leonard 'Tuffy' Thompson

Professional football. He was born in Montevideo on Monday September 28, 1914 and died in Jacksonville (Florida) on Saturday February 5, 2000 at an age of 85.

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clarence Leonard 'Tuffy' Thompson

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Minnesota

About Chippewa County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Montevideo:

The official website for Chippewa County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

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- Montevideo) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Montevideo. 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 Montevideo

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Montevideo. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.9489, Longitude: -95.7171     [Map].

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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 Montevideo 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 320.044 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.15 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.996 degrees.

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<7>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Montevideo 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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<8>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:

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