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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Bloomington, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Bloomington and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • 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 Bloomington:
    • 35.530078, -92.363489
    • 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 Bloomington
  • 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:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Bloomington ...

We have found 32 communities that share the name Bloomington.

Within Arkansas, the name Bloomington is unique.

Beyond Arkansas, we know of another 32 communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these 32 communities, 30 are located in the United States and three are in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Jackson County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Alabama community of Bloomington [Jackson County].
    • California
      • San Bernardino County
      • This Bloomington is located in San Bernardino County and lies 1,419 miles [2,283.7 km]<2> to the west of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the San Bernardino County community of Bloomington.
    • Idaho
      • Bear Lake County
      • This Bloomington is located in Bear Lake County and lies 1,119 miles [1,800.9 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Bear Lake County community of Bloomington.
    • Illinois
      • McLean County
      • This Bloomington is located in McLean County and lies 387 miles [622.8 km]<2> to the north northeast of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the McLean County community of Bloomington.
    • Indiana
      • Monroe County
      • This Bloomington is located in Monroe County and lies 406 miles [653.4 km]<2> to the northeast of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Monroe County community of Bloomington.
    • Iowa
      • Story County
      • This Bloomington is located in Story County and lies 455 miles [732.3 km]<2> to the north of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Story County community of Bloomington.
    • Kansas
      • Atchison County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Bloomington [Atchison County].
      • Butler County
      • This Bloomington is located in Butler County and lies 287 miles [461.9 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Butler County community of Bloomington.
      • Coffey County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Bloomington [Coffey County].
      • Osborne County
      • This Bloomington is located in Osborne County and lies 443 miles [712.9 km] to the northwest of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Osborne County community of Bloomington.
      • Riley County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Bloomington [Riley County].
    • Kentucky
      • Grayson County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kentucky community of Bloomington [Grayson County].
      • Magoffin County
      • This Bloomington is located in Magoffin County and lies 534 miles [859.4 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Magoffin County community of Bloomington.
    • Maryland
      • Garrett County
      • This Bloomington is located in Garrett County and lies 776 miles [1,248.9 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Garrett County community of Bloomington.
    • Minnesota
      • Hennepin County
      • This Bloomington is located in Hennepin County and lies 644 miles [1,036.4 km]<2> to the north of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hennepin County community of Bloomington.
    • Missouri
      • Macon County
      • This Bloomington is located in Macon County and lies 294 miles [473.1 km]<2> to the north of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Macon County community of Bloomington.
    • Nebraska
      • Franklin County
      • This Bloomington is located in Franklin County and lies 481 miles [774.1 km]<2> to the northwest of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Franklin County community of Bloomington.
    • New York
      • Ulster County
      • This Bloomington is located in Ulster County and lies 1,077 miles [1,733.3 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Ulster County community of Bloomington.
    • North Carolina
      • Stanly County
      • This Bloomington is located in Stanly County and lies 678 miles [1,091.1 km]<2> to the east of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Stanly County community of Bloomington.
    • Nova Scotia
      • This Bloomington lies 1,570 miles [2,526.7 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
    • Ohio
      • Clinton County
      • This Bloomington is located in Clinton County and lies 548 miles [881.9 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clinton County community of Bloomington.
    • Oklahoma
      • Greer County
      • This Bloomington is located in Greer County and lies 411 miles [661.4 km]<2> to the west of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Greer County community of Bloomington.
    • Ontario
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Ontario community of Bloomington.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Clearfield County
      • This Bloomington is located in Clearfield County and lies 837 miles [1,347 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clearfield County community of Bloomington.
      • Lackawanna County
      • This Bloomington is located in Lackawanna County and lies 995 miles [1,601.3 km] to the east northeast of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Lackawanna County community of Bloomington.
    • South Dakota
      • Charles Mix County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Charles Mix County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Charles Mix County community of Bloomington.
    • Tennessee
      • Pickett County
      • This Bloomington is located in Pickett County and lies 406 miles [653.4 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pickett County community of Bloomington.
      • Putnam County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Tennessee community of Bloomington [Putnam County].
    • Texas
      • Victoria County
      • This Bloomington is located in Victoria County and lies 543 miles [873.9 km]<2> to the south southwest of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Victoria County community of Bloomington.
    • Utah
      • Washington County
      • This Bloomington is located in Washington County and lies 1,184 miles [1,905.5 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washington County community of Bloomington.
    • West Virginia
      • Roane County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the West Virginia community of Bloomington [Roane County].
    • Wisconsin
      • Grant County
      • This Bloomington is located in Grant County and lies 514 miles [827.2 km]<2> to the north of the Bloomington that is located in Van Buren County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomington
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grant County community of Bloomington.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Bloomington ...

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.

  • Bee Branch [Van Buren County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bee Branch
    • Bee Branch [Van Buren County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the south of Bloomington
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bee Branch have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bee Branch
  • Buzzard Roost [Van Buren County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buzzard Roost
    • Buzzard Roost [Van Buren County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the west of Bloomington
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buzzard Roost have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Chalk [Van Buren County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chalk
    • Chalk [Van Buren County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the east of Bloomington
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chalk have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Choctaw [Van Buren County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Choctaw
    • Choctaw [Van Buren County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the west of Bloomington
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Choctaw have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Choctaw
  • Continue List   (7 more) ...
    • Choctaw Pines [Van Buren County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Choctaw Pines
      • Choctaw Pines [Van Buren County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Bloomington
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Choctaw Pines have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Choctaw Pines
    • Green Tree [Van Buren County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Tree
      • Green Tree [Van Buren County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the southwest of Bloomington
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Tree
    • Pee Dee [Van Buren County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pee Dee
      • Pee Dee [Van Buren County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the northwest of Bloomington
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pee Dee have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pee Dee
    • Settlement [Van Buren County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Settlement
      • Settlement [Van Buren County] was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the north of Bloomington
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Settlement have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Shake Rag [Van Buren County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shake Rag
      • Shake Rag [Van Buren County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the west of Bloomington
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shake Rag have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sulphur Springs [Van Buren County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sulphur Springs
      • Sulphur Springs [Van Buren County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southeast of Bloomington
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sulphur Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sulphur Springs
    • Whispering Springs [Cleburne County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whispering Springs
      • Whispering Springs [Cleburne County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the east of Bloomington
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whispering Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whispering Springs

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 Bloomington. 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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    • Otis Owen Brannan     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Greenbrier (Arkansas) on Monday March 13, 1899 and died in Little Rock (Arkansas) on Tueday June 6, 1967 at the age of 68. He is buried at Springhill Cemetery (Faulkner County, Arkansas).
      • Greenbrier is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Bloomington.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Otis Owen Brannan<5>
    • Bobby Burnett     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Clinton (Arkansas) on Monday January 4, 1943 and died in Marion (Illinois) on Saturday October 1, 2016 at the age of 73. He is buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery (Douglas County, Colorado).
      • Clinton is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest of Bloomington.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bobby Burnett<5>
    • John Carter     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Center Ridge (Arkansas) on Saturday November 26, 1927 and died in New York (New York) on Saturday May 23, 2015 at the age of 87.
      • Center Ridge is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Bloomington.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Carter<5>
    • Dick Powell     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Mountain View (Arkansas) on Monday November 14, 1904 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday January 2, 1963 at the age of 58. He is buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Mountain View is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northeast of Bloomington.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dick Powell<5>
    • Harold Morrow Sherman     (Author)
      • Author. He was born in Traverse City (Michigan) on Wednesday July 13, 1898 and died in Mountain View (Arkansas) on Wednesday August 19, 1987 at the age of 89. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery (Grand Traverse County, Michigan).
      • Mountain View is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northeast of Bloomington.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harold Morrow Sherman<5>

How Far From Bloomington to ...

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic community of Bloomington once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Bloomington and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Clinton, which is the Seat of Van Buren County and lies just to the Northwest.
    • Little Rock, which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 54 miles [86.9 km]<2> to the south (S). If you could walk a straight line from Bloomington to Little Rock, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 873 miles [1,405 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of two days, a buggy would take 35 days and walking would take 50 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,674 miles [10,740.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,405 miles [11,917.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,283 miles [8,502.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

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The official website for State of Arkansas: https://portal.arkansas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Bloomington 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.
<2>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- Bloomington) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bloomington. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.5301, Longitude: -92.3635       In this case, the coordinates for Bloomington have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>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 Bloomington, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>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.
<6>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.
<7>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 Bloomington to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 317.304 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.762 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.274 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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