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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Topaz to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Topaz to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Marion [Map], which is the Seat of Crittenden County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Topaz to Marion, 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 four to five hours.
  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 109 miles [175.4 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 780 miles [1,255.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 31 days and walking would take 45 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,621 miles [10,655.5 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 7,346 miles [11,822.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,221 miles [8,402.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Topaz ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name Topaz.

While the name Topaz is unique within Arkansas, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Arkansas

California

Mono County

Our profile page for Topaz, Mono County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,623 miles [2,612 km] to the West Northwest

Idaho

Bannock County

Our profile page for Topaz, Bannock County   [Map]
This community is historic.<7>
Distance: About 1,275 miles [2,051.9 km] to the West Northwest

Bingham County

Our profile page for Topaz, Bingham County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Bingham County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Michigan

Ontonagon County

Our profile page for Topaz, Ontonagon County   [Map]
Distance: About 797 miles [1,282.6 km] to the North

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Missouri

Douglas County

Our profile page for Topaz, Douglas County   [Map]
Distance: About 167 miles [268.8 km] to the Northwest

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Texas

Erath County

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

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Utah

Millard County

Our profile page for Topaz, Millard County
This community is historic.
Although located in Millard County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Topaz ...

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.

Blue Goose (TN) (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East of Topaz   [Map]
Democrat   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]
Greasy Corner   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Horseshoe Lake   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]
Hughes   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Kate   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Louise   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mallory Spur   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mounds   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
New Shady Grove   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Red Gum Farm   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Riceville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Shell Lake   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Wildwood   -   6 miles [9.7 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 Topaz. 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.

Kathy Bates     (Kathleen Doyle Bates)
  Oscar winning actress, director. She was born in Memphis (Tennessee) on Monday June 28, 1948

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz
 
Isaac Hayes     (Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr.)
  Musician, composer, actor. He was born in Covington (Tennessee) on Thursday August 20, 1942 and died in Memphis (Tennessee) on Sunday August 10, 2008 at an age of 66.

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Isaac Hayes<9>
 
Benjamin Lawson Hooks
  Civil rights leader, minister, lawyer. He was born in Memphis (Tennessee) on Saturday January 31, 1925 and died in Memphis (Tennessee) on Thursday April 15, 2010 at an age of 85. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Shelby County, Tennessee) [Map].

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Benjamin Lawson Hooks
 
Wayne Jackson     (Wayne Lamar Jackson)
  Musician - a member of 'The Memphis Horns'. He was born in Memphis (Tennessee) on Monday November 24, 1941 and died in Memphis (Tennessee) on Tueday June 21, 2016 at an age of 74. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery (Shelby County, Tennessee) [Map].

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Wayne Jackson
 
Harold Edward 'Quake' Johnson, Sr.
  Musician - a member of 'The Astors'. He was born in Memphis (Tennessee) on Monday August 21, 1944 and died in Memphis (Tennessee) on Monday May 5, 2003 at an age of 58.

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Harold Edward 'Quake' Johnson, Sr.
 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  Social reformer, activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was born in Atlanta (Georgia) on Tueday January 15, 1929 and died in Memphis (Tennessee) on Thursday April 4, 1968 at an age of 39.

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Andrew Love
  Musician - a member of 'The Memphis Horns'. He was born in Memphis (Tennessee) on Friday November 21, 1941 and died in Memphis (Tennessee) on Thursday April 12, 2012 at an age of 70.

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Love
 
Frank McRae
  Actor, professional football. He was born in Memphis (Tennessee) on Saturday March 18, 1944

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz
 
James William 'Jimmy' Moore
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Paris (Tennessee) on Thursday April 24, 1902 and died in Memphis (Tennessee) on Friday March 7, 1986 at an age of 83.

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James William 'Jimmy' Moore
 
Charles 'Skip' Pitts
  Musician. He was born in Washington, DC [Map] on Monday April 7, 1947 and died in Memphis (Tennessee) on Tueday May 1, 2012 at an age of 65.

Memphis [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Topaz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles 'Skip' Pitts
 
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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Topaz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Oscar Polk
 
John 'Big John' Tate
  Professional boxer. He was born in Marion (Arkansas) on Saturday January 29, 1955 and died in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Thursday April 9, 1998 at an age of 43. He was buried at Edmondson Cemetery (Crittenden County, Arkansas) [Map].

Marion [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Topaz

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John 'Big John' Tate

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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 begins in Topaz. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Topaz) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Topaz. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.0365, Longitude: -90.3593     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Topaz 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 Topaz 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 315.978 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.158 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.478 degrees.

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<7>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 Topaz, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<8>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 Topaz 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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<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: findagrave.com.

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