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Southland, Arkansas
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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Helena [Map], which is the Seat of Phillips County, lies just to the Southeast.
  • 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 Southland 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 809 miles [1,302 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 6,655 miles [10,710.2 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 7,379 miles [11,875.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,255 miles [8,457.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Southland ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Southland.

Within Arkansas, there is just one other community named Southland. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 9 communities in the United States - with 10 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Arkansas

Communities outside of Arkansas

Communities Outside of Arkansas


Charlotte County

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

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Southland, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 664 miles [1,068.6 km] to the Southeast


Taylor County

Our profile page for Southland, Taylor County   [Map]
Distance: About 399 miles [642.1 km] to the East Southeast


Fayette County

Our profile page for Southland, Fayette County   [Map]
Distance: About 414 miles [666.3 km] to the Northeast

Knox County

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

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Lenawee County

Our profile page for Southland, Lenawee County   [Map]
Distance: About 618 miles [994.6 km] to the Northeast

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Prentiss County

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

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Garza County

Our profile page for Southland, Garza County   [Map]
Distance: About 629 miles [1,012.3 km] to the West

Wharton County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Southland ...

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.

Blackfoot   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West of Southland   [Map]
Cypress Corner   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Eagle Landing (MS)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Helena   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Helena Crossing   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]
Holiday Hills   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Pillar   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Trotter Landing (MS)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Walnut Corner   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Wycamp   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [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 Southland. 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 5 miles [8 km] to the southeast of Southland

Helena [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southeast of Southland

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest of Southland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Polk
Bessie Smith
  Musician. She was born in Chattanooga (Tennessee) on Sunday April 15, 1894 and died in Clarksdale (Mississippi) on Sunday September 26, 1937 at an age of 43. She was buried at Mt. Lawn Cemetery (Delaware County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Clarksdale [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Southland

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bessie Smith

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Southland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5854, Longitude: -90.6540     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Southland 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 Southland 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 316.131 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.275 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.691 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 Southland 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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