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Swan Lake, Arkansas

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

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

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

  • Pine Bluff [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Swan Lake to Pine Bluff, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 50 miles [80.5 km] to the Northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 874 miles [1,406.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 35 days and walking would take 50 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,716 miles [10,808.4 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 7,441 miles [11,975.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,317 miles [8,556.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Swan Lake ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Swan Lake.

While the name Swan Lake is unique within Arkansas, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Arkansas

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Henry County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Henry County   [Map]
Distance: About 431 miles [693.6 km] to the East

Paulding County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Paulding County   [Map]
Distance: About 394 miles [634.1 km] to the East


Emmet County

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


Knox County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 473 miles [761.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Bossier Parish

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Bossier Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 160 miles [257.5 km] to the Southwest

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Our profile page for Swan Lake   [Map]
Distance: About 1,111 miles [1,788 km] to the North Northwest

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Tallahatchie County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Tallahatchie County   [Map]
Distance: About 83 miles [133.6 km] to the East Southeast

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Lake County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,484 miles [2,388.3 km] to the Northwest

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Holt County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Holt County   [Map]
Distance: About 679 miles [1,092.7 km] to the North Northwest

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Sullivan County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Sullivan County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,056 miles [1,699.5 km] to the Northeast

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Caddo County

Our profile page for Swan Lake, Caddo County   [Map]
Distance: About 393 miles [632.5 km] to the West Northwest

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South Dakota

Turner County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Swan Lake ...

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.

Cornerstone   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest of Swan Lake   [Map]
Cottondale   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
English   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Grady   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Greenback Ferry   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Jones Ferry   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Lake Dick   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Moscow   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Noble Lake   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Silt (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Sweden   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northwest   [Map]

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swan Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.1823, Longitude: -91.6940     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swan Lake 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 Swan Lake 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 316.759 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.951 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.213 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 Swan Lake 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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