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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 Pickens, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Pickens 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 Pickens:
    • 33.845660, -91.481790
    • 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 Pickens
  • 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 Pickens ...

We have found six communities that share the name Pickens.

There is one other community in Arkansas which is also named Pickens.

Beyond Arkansas, we know of another five communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Located In Arkansas ...
    • White County
      • This Pickens is located in White County and lies 106 miles [170.6 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Pickens that is located in Desha County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pickens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the White County community of Pickens.
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Mississippi
      • Holmes County
      • This Pickens is located in Holmes County and lies 109 miles [175.4 km]<1> to the southeast of the Pickens that is located in Desha County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pickens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Holmes County community of Pickens.
    • Oklahoma
      • McCurtain County
      • This Pickens is located in McCurtain County and lies 205 miles [329.9 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Pickens that is located in Desha County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pickens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the McCurtain County community of Pickens.
    • South Carolina
      • Pickens County
      • This Pickens is located in Pickens County and lies 505 miles [812.7 km]<1> to the east of the Pickens that is located in Desha County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pickens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pickens County community of Pickens.
    • Texas
      • Henderson County
      • This Pickens is located in Henderson County and lies 279 miles [449 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Pickens that is located in Desha County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pickens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Henderson County community of Pickens.
    • West Virginia
      • Randolph County
      • This Pickens is located in Randolph County and lies 709 miles [1,141 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Pickens that is located in Desha County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pickens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Randolph County community of Pickens.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Pickens ...

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.

  • Back Gate [Desha County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Back Gate
    • Back Gate [Desha County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Pickens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Back Gate have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Back Gate
  • Champion [Lincoln County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Champion
    • Champion [Lincoln County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Pickens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Champion have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Florence [Drew County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Florence
    • Florence [Drew County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Pickens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Florence have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Florence
  • Gourd [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gourd
    • Gourd [Lincoln County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Pickens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gourd have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gourd
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Littles [Desha County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Littles
      • Littles [Desha County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Pickens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Littles have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Pea Ridge [Desha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pea Ridge
      • Pea Ridge [Desha County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Pickens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pea Ridge
    • Red Fork [Desha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Fork
      • Red Fork [Desha County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Pickens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Fork
    • Reed [Desha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reed
      • Reed [Desha County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Pickens
      • Estimated population in 2019: 147 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reed have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reed
    • Reedville [Desha County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reedville
      • Reedville [Desha County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the north of Pickens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reedville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reedville
    • Rose Hill [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rose Hill
      • Rose Hill [Lincoln County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the west of Pickens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rose Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rose Hill

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 Pickens. 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 ...
    • Otis Clay     (Singer)
      • Singer. He was born in Waxhaw (Mississippi) on Wednesday February 11, 1942 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Friday January 8, 2016 at the age of 73. He is buried at Oak Woods Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois).
      • Waxhaw is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Pickens.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Otis Clay<3>
    • Charlie May Simon     (Author)
      • Author. She was born in Monticello (Arkansas) on Tueday August 17, 1897 and died in Little Rock (Arkansas) on Monday March 21, 1977 at the age of 79. She is buried at Mt. Holly Cemetery (Pulaski County, Arkansas).
      • Monticello is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Pickens.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charlie May Simon<3>

How Far From Pickens to ...

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Arkansas City, which is the Seat of Desha County and lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Pickens to Arkansas City, with an average speed<4> 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 76 miles [122.3 km] to the northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 874 miles [1,406.6 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 35 days and walking would take 50 days.
    • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,725 miles [10,822.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,448 miles [11,986.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,324 miles [8,568.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Pickens. 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 '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- Pickens) 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 Pickens. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Pickens

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pickens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8457, Longitude: -91.4818       In this case, the coordinates for Pickens 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>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 Pickens 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 316.595 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.714 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.178 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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