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Moorhead, Minnesota

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The location of Moorhead

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Moorhead 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 Moorhead. 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 Moorhead.

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

The Clay County sighting report from eBird.

Since Moorhead is near Cass County and also Cass County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Cass County

Sighting report for Cass 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 Moorhead.

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

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

  • Saint Paul [Map], which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 219 miles [352.4 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from Moorhead to Saint Paul, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 13 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,134 miles [1,825 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 6,232 miles [10,029.4 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 6,994 miles [11,255.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 4,925 miles [7,926 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Moorhead ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Moorhead.

While the name Moorhead is unique within Minnesota, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Minnesota


Monona County

Our profile page for Moorhead, Monona County   [Map]

Distance: About 343 miles [552 km] to the South.


Sunflower County

Our profile page for Moorhead, Sunflower County   [Map]

Distance: About 981 miles [1,578.8 km] to the South Southeast.


Custer County

Our profile page for Moorhead, Custer County

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

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

Powder River County

Our profile page for Moorhead, Powder River County   [Map]

Distance: About 455 miles [732.3 km] to the West Southwest.


Erie County

Our profile page for Moorhead, Erie County   [Map]

Distance: About 887 miles [1,427.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Moorhead ...

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.

Comstock   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South of Moorhead   [Map]

Downer   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Fargo (ND)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Frontier (ND)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Georgetown   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Oxbow (ND)   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Prairie Rose (ND)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Prosper (ND)   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Wild Rice (ND)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Minnesota

About Clay County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Moorhead:

The official website for Clay County:

The official website for State of Minnesota:

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 from Point A (ie- Moorhead) 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 Moorhead. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Moorhead

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moorhead. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.8587, Longitude: -96.7426     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Moorhead 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 Moorhead 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 320.804 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.261 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.106 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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Moorhead 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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