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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From South Plains to ...

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

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

  • Marianna [Map], which is the Seat of Lee County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from South Plains to Marianna, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 72 miles [115.9 km] to the West (W). 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 4 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 819 miles [1,318.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 32 days and walking would take 47 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,656 miles [10,711.8 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 7,381 miles [11,878.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,257 miles [8,460.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named South Plains ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name South Plains.

While the name South Plains is unique within Arkansas, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Arkansas

Texas

Floyd County

Our profile page for South Plains, Floyd County   [Map]
Distance: About 587 miles [944.7 km] to the West

Virginia

Prince George County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near South Plains ...

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.

Blossom   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest of South Plains   [Map]
Four Forks   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Four Gums   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Gill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hopper   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Little Prairie (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Palestine   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Posey   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rich   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Spring Creek   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Stoops (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [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 South Plains. 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.

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of South Plains

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Polk<8>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Plains. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8415, Longitude: -90.9965     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Plains 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 South Plains 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 316.369 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.585 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.792 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 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 South Plains 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: findagrave.com.

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