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South Plains, Arkansas

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Introduction ...

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

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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 77 miles [123.9 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 5 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


Floyd County

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


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.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from South Plains. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for South Plains.