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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Sommer 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 Sommer 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<1> community of Sommer once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Sommer to:

  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 77 miles [123.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could drive a straight line from Sommer to Little Rock, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 934 miles [1,503.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 37 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,725 miles [10,822.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,458 miles [12,002.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,337 miles [8,589.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Sommer ...

While the name Sommer is unique within Arkansas, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Arkansas

Illinois

Peoria County

Our profile page for Sommer, Peoria County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Peoria County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sommer ...

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 talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Clarksville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North of Sommer   [Map]
Crossroads   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Delaware   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Dublin   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Georgetown   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Gum Tree   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Hickeytown   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Jamestown   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Liberty   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Montana   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Plainview   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Pleasant Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Prairie View   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Sand Ridge   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Shady Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

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 Sommer. 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.

Johnny Carpenter
  Actor. He was born in Dardanelle (Arkansas) on Thursday June 25, 1914 and died in Burbank (California) on Thursday February 27, 2003 at an age of 88. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Dardanelle [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast of Sommer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Johnny Carpenter<9>

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Sommer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Sommer. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sommer) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sommer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.3245, Longitude: -93.4380     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sommer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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.

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<4>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 Sommer to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 317.989 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.532 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.794 degrees.

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<8>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Sommer 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.

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<9>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.

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