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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 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 just to the North Northwest.
  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies just to the North Northwest (NNW).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 889 miles [1,430.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Tafton to White House, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 51 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 35 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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Tafton ...

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.

Charity (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North of Tafton   [Map]
Cloverdale   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Deer Meadow   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Dickey (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Gum Springs   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Hot Springs Junction   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Iron Springs   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Landmark   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Little Rock   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Mabelvale   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Meadowcliff   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Ponderosa   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rose City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]
Rusty Pines   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Skylark   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Sweet Home   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Woodland Ridge   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]
Woodyardville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [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 Tafton. 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.

Otis Owen Brannan
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Greenbrier (Arkansas) on Monday March 13, 1899 and died in Little Rock (Arkansas) on Tueday June 6, 1967 at an age of 68. He was buried at Springhill Cemetery (Faulkner County, Arkansas) [Map].

Greenbrier [Map] is located 43 miles [69.2 km] to the north of Tafton

Little Rock [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the north of Tafton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Otis Owen Brannan<8>
Gail Davis     (Born as Betty Jeanne Grayson)
  Actress. She was born in Little Rock (Arkansas) on Monday October 5, 1925 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday March 15, 1997 at an age of 71. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Little Rock [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the north of Tafton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gail Davis
Ann Gillis     (Born as Alma Mabel Conner)
  Actress. She was born in Little Rock (Arkansas) on Saturday February 12, 1927 and died in Horam (England) [Map] on Wednesday January 31, 2018 at an age of 90.

Little Rock [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the north of Tafton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ann Gillis
Elihan Pitts     (Elihan Eugene Pitts)
  Professional football. He was born in Mayflower (Arkansas) on Thursday February 3, 1938 and died in Buffalo (New York) on Friday July 10, 1998 at an age of 60.

Mayflower [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Tafton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elihan Pitts
Carl Sawatski
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Shickshinny (Pennsylvania) on Friday November 4, 1927 and died in Little Rock (Arkansas) on Sunday November 24, 1991 at an age of 64. He was buried at Pinecrest Memorial Park (Saline County, Arkansas) [Map].

Little Rock [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the north of Tafton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Carl Sawatski
Jefferson A. Thomas, Sr.
  Civil rights figure. He was born in Little Rock (Arkansas) on Tueday September 1, 1942 and died in Columbus (Ohio) on Sunday September 5, 2010 at an age of 68. He was buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Little Rock [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the north of Tafton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jefferson A. Thomas, Sr.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Tafton. A straight line distance ignores things 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 (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 Tafton 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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