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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 Brightstar, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Brightstar 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 Brightstar:
    • 33.115410, -93.989626
    • 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 Brightstar
  • 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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Brightstar ...

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.

  • Black Diamond [Miller County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Black Diamond
    • Black Diamond [Miller County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the east of Brightstar
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Black Diamond have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Black Diamond
  • Boggy [Miller County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boggy
    • Boggy [Miller County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Brightstar
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boggy have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boggy
  • Era [Miller County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Era
    • Era [Miller County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Brightstar
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Era have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Frog Level [Caddo Parish] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frog Level
    • Frog Level [Caddo Parish] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Brightstar
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frog Level have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Continue List   (5 more) ...
    • Ida [Caddo Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ida
      • Ida [Caddo Parish] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Brightstar
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ida have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Estimated population in 2019: 208 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ida
    • Jonesville [Miller County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jonesville
      • Jonesville [Miller County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the north of Brightstar
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jonesville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jonesville
    • Queen City [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Queen City
      • Queen City [Cass County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Brightstar
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Queen City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,436 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Queen City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Queen City<3>
    • Spring Bank [Miller County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spring Bank
      • Spring Bank [Miller County] was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Brightstar
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spring Bank have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Three States [Caddo Parish]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Three States
      • Three States [Caddo Parish] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Brightstar
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Three States have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Three States

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 Brightstar. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Elizabeth 'Brave Bessie' Coleman     (Aviation pioneer)
      • Aviation pioneer. She was born in Atlanta (Texas) on Tueday January 26, 1892 and died in Jacksonville (Florida) on Friday April 30, 1926 at the age of 34.
      • Atlanta is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the west of Brightstar.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elizabeth 'Brave Bessie' Coleman<4>
    • Arvel Odell Hale     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Hosston (Louisiana) on Monday August 10, 1908 and died in El Dorado (Arkansas) on Monday June 9, 1980 at the age of 71. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery (Union County, Arkansas).
      • Hosston is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast of Brightstar.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Arvel Odell Hale<4>
    • Scott Joplin     (Jazz Composer, pianist)
      • Jazz Composer, pianist. He was born in Linden (Texas) on Tueday November 24, 1868 and died in New York (New York) on Sunday April 1, 1917 at the age of 48. He is buried at St. Michaels Cemetery (Queens County, New York).
      • Linden is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the west of Brightstar.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Scott Joplin<4>
    • Edwin Lee 'Eddie' Mathews     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Texarkana (Texas) on Tueday October 13, 1931 and died in La Jolla (California) on Sunday February 18, 2001 at the age of 69. He is buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California).
      • Texarkana is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Brightstar.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edwin Lee 'Eddie' Mathews<4>
    • John 'Country Johnny' Mathis     (Singer, songwriter)
      • Singer, songwriter. He was born in Maud (Texas) on Tueday September 30, 1930 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Tueday September 27, 2011 at the age of 81. He is buried at Beechwood Cemetery (Marshall County, Tennessee).
      • Maud is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Brightstar.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John 'Country Johnny' Mathis<4>
    • T-Bone Walker     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Linden (Texas) on Saturday May 28, 1910 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday March 16, 1975 at the age of 64. He is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Linden is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the west of Brightstar.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: T-Bone Walker<4>

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

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

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    • Texarkana, which is the Seat of Miller County and lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north. If you could walk a straight line from Brightstar to Texarkana, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
    • Little Rock, which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 149 miles [239.8 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,025 miles [1,649.6 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 59 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,860 miles [11,040.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,588 miles [12,211.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,464 miles [8,793.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Miller County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Brightstar) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Brightstar. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.1154, Longitude: -93.9896       In this case, the coordinates for Brightstar have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Brightstar to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 318.132 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.41 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.376 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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