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Introduction ...

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

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Soudan to:

  • Marianna [Map], which is the Seat of Lee County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 91 miles [146.5 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Soudan to Little Rock, with an average speed<2>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 6 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 802 miles [1,290.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 46 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,644 miles [10,692.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,368 miles [11,857.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,244 miles [8,439.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Soudan ...

We have found 6 communities that share the name Soudan.

While the name Soudan is unique within Arkansas, we know of another 6 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Arkansas


Sacramento County

Our profile page for Soudan, Sacramento County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,706 miles [2,745.5 km] to the West Northwest


Kingman County

Our profile page for Soudan, Kingman County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Kingman County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Soudan, Saint Louis County   [Map]
Distance: About 900 miles [1,448.4 km] to the North


Lincoln County

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

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Missoula County

Our profile page for Soudan, Missoula County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,488 miles [2,394.7 km] to the Northwest

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Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Soudan, Mecklenburg County   [Map]
Distance: About 690 miles [1,110.4 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Soudan ...

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.

Burnt Cane Crossing   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North of Soudan   [Map]
Cody   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]
Council   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Cut-Off Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Mud Lake   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Peters   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]
Poplar Grove   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Quigley Crossing   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Red Oak Ferry   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Robinson Ferry   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
True Love Crossing   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [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 Soudan. 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.

Robert Nighthawk     (Born as Robert Lee McCollum)
  Musician. He was born in Helena (Arkansas) on Tueday November 30, 1909 and died in Helena (Arkansas) on Sunday November 5, 1967 at an age of 58. He was buried at Magnolia Cemetery (Phillips County, Arkansas) [Map].

Helena [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Soudan

Helena [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Soudan

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Nighthawk<8>
Oscar Polk
  Actor. He was born in Marianna (Arkansas) on Monday December 25, 1899 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday January 4, 1949 at an age of 49. He was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Queens County, New York) [Map].

Marianna [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest of Soudan

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Polk

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance from Soudan. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Soudan) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Soudan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8262, Longitude: -90.6593     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Soudan have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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<3>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 Soudan to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 316.153 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.333 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.648 degrees.

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<7>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 Soudan 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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<8>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:

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