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A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Thornton, Arkansas

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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Hampton [Map], which is the Seat of Calhoun County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Thornton to Hampton, 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 five to six hours.
  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 66 miles [106.2 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 927 miles [1,491.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 37 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,768 miles [10,892 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 7,494 miles [12,060.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,370 miles [8,642.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thornton ...

We have found 28 communities that share the name Thornton.

While the name Thornton is unique within Arkansas, we know of another 28 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Arkansas

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Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Thornton, Lauderdale County   [Map]
Distance: About 303 miles [487.6 km] to the East Northeast

Tallapoosa County

Our profile page for Thornton, Tallapoosa County   [Map]
Distance: About 396 miles [637.3 km] to the East


San Joaquin County

Our profile page for Thornton, San Joaquin County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,638 miles [2,636.1 km] to the West Northwest


Adams County

Our profile page for Thornton, Adams County   [Map]
Distance: About 807 miles [1,298.7 km] to the Northwest

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Kootenai County

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

Madison County

Our profile page for Thornton, Madison County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,244 miles [2,002 km] to the Northwest

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Cook County

Our profile page for Thornton, Cook County   [Map]
Distance: About 600 miles [965.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Lawrence County

Our profile page for Thornton, Lawrence County   [Map]
Distance: About 486 miles [782.1 km] to the Northeast

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Cerro Gordo County

Our profile page for Thornton, Cerro Gordo County   [Map]
Distance: About 634 miles [1,020.3 km] to the North

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Rawlins County

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

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Letcher County

Our profile page for Thornton, Letcher County   [Map]
Distance: About 593 miles [954.3 km] to the East Northeast

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Suffolk County

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

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Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Thornton, Saint Clair County   [Map]
Distance: About 828 miles [1,332.5 km] to the Northeast

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Holmes County

Our profile page for Thornton, Holmes County   [Map]
Distance: About 133 miles [214 km] to the East Southeast

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Clay County

Our profile page for Thornton, Clay County   [Map]
Distance: About 387 miles [622.8 km] to the North Northwest

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Polk County

Our profile page for Thornton, Polk County
This community is historic.<8>
Although located in Polk County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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New Hampshire

Grafton County

Our profile page for Thornton, Grafton County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,316 miles [2,117.9 km] to the Northeast

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New York

Chautauqua County

Our profile page for Thornton, Chautauqua County   [Map]
Distance: About 930 miles [1,496.7 km] to the Northeast

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Ross County

Our profile page for Thornton, Ross County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 638 miles [1,026.8 km] to the Northeast

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Our profile page for Thornton   [Map]
Distance: About 994 miles [1,599.7 km] to the Northeast

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Delaware County

Our profile page for Thornton, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,026 miles [1,651.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Rhode Island

Providence County

Our profile page for Thornton, Providence County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,268 miles [2,040.6 km] to the East Northeast

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Knox County

Our profile page for Thornton, Knox County   [Map]
Distance: About 494 miles [795 km] to the East Northeast

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Limestone County

Our profile page for Thornton, Limestone County   [Map]
Distance: About 288 miles [463.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Whitman County

Our profile page for Thornton, Whitman County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,589 miles [2,557.2 km] to the Northwest

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West Virginia

Taylor County

Our profile page for Thornton, Taylor County   [Map]
Distance: About 794 miles [1,277.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Shawano County

Our profile page for Thornton, Shawano County   [Map]
Distance: About 787 miles [1,266.6 km] to the North Northeast

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Weston County

Our profile page for Thornton, Weston County   [Map]
Distance: About 971 miles [1,562.7 km] to the Northwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Thornton ...

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.

Big Hill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast of Thornton   [Map]
Bucksnort   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Chambersville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Ebenezer   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Green Hall (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]
Hopeville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Ivan   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]
Meek (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [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 Thornton. 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.

William Edward 'Little Willie' John
  Singer, entertainer. He was born in Cullendale (Arkansas) on Monday November 15, 1937 and died in Walla Walla (Washington) on Sunday May 26, 1968 at an age of 30. He was buried at Detroit Memorial Park East (Michigan).

Cullendale [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Thornton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Edward 'Little Willie' John<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Thornton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Thornton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Thornton

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thornton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7756, Longitude: -92.4890     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thornton 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 Thornton 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 317.231 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.446 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.625 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 Thornton 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>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Thornton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Thornton.


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