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Westport, Minnesota

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Our Genealogy Helper for Westport ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Westport (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Westport. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Westport is located in Pope County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pope County: Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Stearns, Stevens, Swift & Todd.

Below are the counties that are near Westport. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Westport:

Pope     (The home county for Westport)
  Villard   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Sedan   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Glenwood   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Long Beach   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lowry   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Starbuck   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Farwell   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  New Prairie - Historic   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Cyrus   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Osakis   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Forada   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Nelson   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Alexandria   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Carlos   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Holmes City   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Garfield   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Miltona   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Rose City   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Kensington   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Brandon   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Millerville   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Evansville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hoffman   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Erdahl   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ashby   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sunburg   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Regal   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  New London   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Spicer   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pennock   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Eden Valley   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Upsala   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Swanville   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Elmdale   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Flensburg   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sobieski   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bowlus   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cushing   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Otter Tail
  Parkers Prairie   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Urbank   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sauk Centre   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Elrosa   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Meire Grove   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Brooten   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Greenwald   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Belgrade   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  New Munich   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Spring Hill   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Saint Rosa   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Freeport   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Lake Henry   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Saint Anthony   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hancock   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Morris   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Donnelly   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Clontarf   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Benson   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  De Graff   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Murdock   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kerkhoven   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Union   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Grey Eagle   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Clotho   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Long Prairie   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Burtrum   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Browerville   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clarissa   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Eagle Bend   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bertha   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Westport, see our County-by-County Page for Westport.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Westport ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 61 newspapers that have been published in the area around Westport.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Westport. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Westport and those printed in the larger area surrounding Westport.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 50 miles [80.5 km] of Westport.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Westport:

These websites are specific to Minnesota:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Minnesota State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Minnesota to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Pope County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Douglas County:     Cyndi's



Grant County:     Cyndi's



Kandiyohi County:     Cyndi's



Meeker County:     Cyndi's



Morrison County:     Cyndi's



Otter Tail County:     Cyndi's



Stearns County:     Cyndi's



Stevens County:     Cyndi's



Swift County:     Cyndi's



Todd County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Minnesota:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Minnesota,
Cemeteries of Pope County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Minnesota   Cemetery Wiki for Minnesota
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Minnesota, for Pope County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Minnesota

Cemeteries Near Westport ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Westport.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Westport covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Lk. Amelia Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  N English Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lyman Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Lk. Leven Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW West Lake Amelia Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grove Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE St. Anthony Padua Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Silver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Bohemian Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Immaculate Conception Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sauk Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lakeside Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Westport had a population of 95 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Westport had a population of 60 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Westport, with the one closest to Westport listed first.

Villard   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 203 people (with 251 people in 2018)
 - Villard had a post office and railroad service
Grove Lake   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Westport
 - Grove Lake had a post office and no railroad service
West Union   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Westport
 - West Union had a post office and railroad service
Sauk Centre   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 1,695 people (with 4,470 people in 2018)
 - Sauk Centre had a post office and railroad service
Osakis   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 472 people (with 1,749 people in 2018)
 - Osakis had a post office and railroad service
Glenwood   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 627 people (with 2,589 people in 2018)
 - Glenwood had a post office and railroad service
Nelson   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Westport
 - Nelson had a post office and railroad service
Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Westport
 - 1895 population of 2,118 people (with 13,746 people in 2018)
 - Alexandria had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Westport. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Westport in the 1890's.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Westport ...

While our initial data about Westport came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Westport in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Westport.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Westport:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Westport in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Westport for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Westport. See our Misc Page for Westport for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Minnesota

About Pope County

About Minnesota

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Pope 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Westport) 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 Westport. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Westport

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Westport. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.7142, Longitude: -95.1679     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Westport have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Westport, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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