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Introduction ...

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

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

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Westport

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 Westport. 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 Westport.

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

Sighting report for Pope County

Since Westport is near Todd County and also Stearns County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Todd County

Sighting report for Stearns County

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

Communities Also Named Westport ...

We have found 25 communities that share the name Westport.

Within Minnesota, the name Westport is unique.

Beyond Minnesota, we know of another 25 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 25 communities, 22 are located in the United States and three are in Canada.

Communities Elsewhere In North America

Mendocino County

This Westport is located in Mendocino County and lies 1,503 miles [2,418.8 km]<1> to the west of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Mendocino County community of Westport.

Fairfield County

This Westport is located in Fairfield County and lies 1,134 miles [1,825 km]<1> to the east of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fairfield County community of Westport.

Columbia County

This Westport is located in Columbia County and lies 1,087 miles [1,749.4 km]<1> to the southeast of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Columbia County community of Westport.

Lawrence County

This Westport is located in Lawrence County and lies 607 miles [976.9 km]<1> to the southeast of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lawrence County community of Westport.

Decatur County

This Westport is located in Decatur County and lies 664 miles [1,068.6 km]<1> to the southeast of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Decatur County community of Westport.

Porter County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Indiana community of Westport [Porter County].

Sedgwick County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Westport [Sedgwick County].

Oldham County

This Westport is located in Oldham County and lies 703 miles [1,131.4 km]<1> to the southeast of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Oldham County community of Westport.

Rapides Parish

This Westport is located in Rapides Parish and lies 1,026 miles [1,651.2 km]<1> to the south of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Rapides Parish community of Westport.

Baltimore City

This Westport is located in Baltimore City and lies 1,040 miles [1,673.7 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Baltimore City community of Westport.

Bristol County

This Westport is located in Bristol County and lies 1,231 miles [1,981.1 km]<1> to the east of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bristol County community of Westport.

Jackson County

This Westport is located in Jackson County and lies 460 miles [740.3 km]<1> to the south of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jackson County community of Westport.

Cheshire County

This Westport is located in Cheshire County and lies 1,141 miles [1,836.3 km]<1> to the east of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cheshire County community of Westport.

Essex County

This Westport is located in Essex County and lies 1,063 miles [1,710.7 km]<1> to the east of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Essex County community of Westport.

This Westport lies 1,790 miles [2,880.7 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

Lincoln County

This Westport is located in Lincoln County and lies 1,022 miles [1,644.7 km]<1> to the southeast of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lincoln County community of Westport.

This Westport lies 1,403 miles [2,257.9 km]<1> to the east of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

Pawnee County

This Westport is located in Pawnee County and lies 660 miles [1,062.2 km]<1> to the south of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pawnee County community of Westport.

This Westport lies 914 miles [1,470.9 km]<1> to the east of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

Clatsop County

This Westport is located in Clatsop County and lies 1,347 miles [2,167.8 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clatsop County community of Westport.

Clinton County

This Westport is located in Clinton County and lies 917 miles [1,475.8 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clinton County community of Westport.

Brown County

This Westport is located in Brown County and lies 160 miles [257.5 km]<1> to the west of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Brown County community of Westport.

Carroll County

This Westport is located in Carroll County and lies 765 miles [1,231.1 km]<1> to the south southeast of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Carroll County community of Westport.

Grays Harbor County

This Westport is located in Grays Harbor County and lies 1,374 miles [2,211.2 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grays Harbor County community of Westport.

Richland County

This Westport is located in Richland County and lies 282 miles [453.8 km]<1> to the southeast of the Westport that is located in Pope County.

Link to Google Map centered on Westport

For more information, please visit our profile page for the Richland County community of Westport.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Westport ...

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.

Farwell lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Westport

Link to Google Map centered on Farwell

Georgeville [Stearns County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Westport

Link to Google Map centered on Georgeville

Grey Eagle [Todd County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Westport

Link to Google Map centered on Grey Eagle

Grove Lake lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Westport

Link to Google Map centered on Grove Lake

Little Sauk [Todd County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Westport

Link to Google Map centered on Little Sauk

Long Beach lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Westport

Link to Google Map centered on Long Beach

Nelson [Douglas County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Westport

Link to Google Map centered on Nelson

Pleasant Beach [Todd County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Westport

Link to Google Map centered on Pleasant Beach

Round Prairie [Todd County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Westport

Link to Google Map centered on Round Prairie

Starbuck lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Westport

Link to Google Map centered on Starbuck

Terrace lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Westport

Link to Google Map centered on Terrace

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 Westport. 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.

Author. He was born in Sauk Centre (Minnesota) on Saturday February 7, 1885 and died in Rome (Italy) on Wednesday January 10, 1951 at the age of 65. He is buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Stearns County, Minnesota).

Sauk Centre is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the east of Westport

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Sinclair Lewis<3>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Westport and extending to:

  • Glenwood, which is the Seat of Pope County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Westport to Glenwood, with an average speed<4> 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 113 miles [181.9 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km]<1> per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,035 miles [1,665.7 km]<1> to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 59 days.
  • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,245 miles [10,050.4 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,003 miles [11,270.2 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,922 miles [7,921.2 km]<1> and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within 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: www.mncounties3.org/pope/

The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things 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 (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Westport. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: 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>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 Westport 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.
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>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 Westport to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 319.657 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.807 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.501 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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