Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Nicollet.
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 Nicollet, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Nicollet and the surrounding area.
- Astronomy & Satellites ...
Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above
website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed
sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks 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 this GPS location for Nicollet:
- 44.274387, -94.188309
- Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
- The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Nicollet
- 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:
Curious and Interesting Names Near Nicollet ...
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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.
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Butternut [Blue Earth County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Nicollet
- Link to Google Map centered on Butternut
- Garden City
Garden City [Blue Earth County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Nicollet
- Link to Google Map centered on Garden City
- Lake Crystal
Lake Crystal [Blue Earth County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Nicollet
- Link to Google Map centered on Lake Crystal
- New Sweden
New Sweden lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Nicollet
- Link to Google Map centered on New Sweden
Norseland lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Nicollet
- Link to Google Map centered on Norseland
- Poor Farm Landing
Poor Farm Landing lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Nicollet
- Link to Google Map centered on Poor Farm Landing
- Rush River
Rush River [Sibley County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Nicollet
- Link to Google Map centered on Rush River
Skyline [Blue Earth County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Nicollet
- Link to Google Map centered on Skyline
Traverse lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Nicollet
- Link to Google Map centered on Traverse
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 Nicollet. 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.
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John Anthony 'Whoopee John' Wilfahrt (Musician, bandleader)
Musician, bandleader. He was born in New Ulm (Minnesota) on Thursday May 11, 1893 and died in Saint Paul (Minnesota) on Thursday June 15, 1961 at the age of 68.
- New Ulm is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Nicollet.
- Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Anthony 'Whoopee John' Wilfahrt<2>
How Far From Nicollet 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 Nicollet to various places of note, such as the White House.
With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Nicollet and extending to:
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Saint Peter, which is the Seat of Nicollet County and lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Nicollet to Saint Peter, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km]<1> per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km]<1> per hour would take nearly four hours.
Saint Paul, which is the State Capital of Minnesota, lies 71 miles [114.3 km]<1> to the northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take 4 days.
The White House (Washington, DC) is 958 miles [1,541.8 km]<1> to the east southeast (ESE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 38 days and walking would take 55 days.
The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,289 miles [10,121.2 km]<1> and it lies to the northeast (NE).<5>
The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,044 miles [11,336.2 km]<1> and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,952 miles [7,969.5 km]<1> and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
Other Roadside Stops ...
Visit our Community Index for Minnesota
About Nicollet County
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Nicollet. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for Nicollet County: www.co.nicollet.mn.us/
The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Nicollet) 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 Nicollet. 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 Nicollet
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Nicollet. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.2744, Longitude: -94.1883 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Nicollet have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
|<2>||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.|
|<3>||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.|
|<4>||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 Nicollet to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.|
|<5>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 318.944 degrees.|
|<6>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.806 degrees.|
|<7>||The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.323 degrees.||