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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • Marianna [Map], which is the Seat of Lee County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Tongin to Marianna, 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 99 miles [159.3 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 798 miles [1,284.3 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 6,640 miles [10,686 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 7,364 miles [11,851.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,240 miles [8,433 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Tongin ...

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.

Cody   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest of Tongin   [Map]
Council   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]
Cut-Off Ferry   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Mud Lake   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Peters   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Red Oak Ferry   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]
Robinson Ferry   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]
True Love Crossing   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [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 Tongin. 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 22 miles [35.4 km] to the south of Tongin

Helena [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the south of Tongin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Nighthawk<7>
 
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 10 miles [16.1 km] to the southwest of Tongin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Polk

Other Roadside Stops ...



Cities, Towns and Villages of Arkansas

About Lee County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Arkansas: www.arkansas.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tongin. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.8562, Longitude: -90.6082     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tongin 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 Tongin 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 316.122 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.302 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.62 degrees.

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<7>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: findagrave.com.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Tongin.



 
 
 

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