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Tafton, Arkansas

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Little Rock [Map], which is the Seat of Pulaski County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Tafton to Little Rock, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW). The buggy would take a little over three hours and walking would take four to five hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 889 miles [1,430.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of two days, a buggy would take 35 days and walking would take 51 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,715 miles [10,806.7 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 7,443 miles [11,978.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,319 miles [8,560.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Tafton ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Tafton.

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

Communities Outside of Arkansas


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


Pike County

Our profile page for Tafton, Pike County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,036 miles [1,667.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tafton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6195, Longitude: -92.2213     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tafton 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 Tafton 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 317.136 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.447 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.369 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 Tafton.