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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Donaldsonville, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Donaldsonville and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Donaldsonville:
    • 30.095396, -90.992529
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Donaldsonville
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Donaldsonville ...

We found two communities that share the name Donaldsonville.

Within Louisiana, the name Donaldsonville is unique.

Beyond Louisiana, we know of another two communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arkansas
      • Jefferson County
      • This Donaldsonville is located in Jefferson County and lies 296 miles [476.4 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Donaldsonville that is located in Ascension Parish.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Donaldsonville.
    • Indiana
      • Clay County
      • This Donaldsonville is located in Clay County and lies 687 miles [1,105.6 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Donaldsonville that is located in Ascension Parish.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Clay County community of Donaldsonville.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Donaldsonville ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Central
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Central have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Central
    • Central is located in Saint James Parish
  • Freetown
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Freetown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freetown
    • Freetown is located in Assumption Parish
  • Hillaryville
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillaryville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillaryville
    • Hillaryville is located in Ascension Parish
  • Magnolia
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Magnolia have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Magnolia
    • Magnolia is located in Assumption Parish
  • Miles
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Miles have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Miles
    • Miles is located in Ascension Parish
  • Minnie ‑ Historic
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Minnie have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Minnie
    • Minnie is located in Saint James Parish
  • Rearwood ‑ Historic
    (5 miles [8 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rearwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rearwood
    • Rearwood is located in Ascension Parish
  • Smoke Bend
    (Less than 2 miles to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smoke Bend have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smoke Bend
    • Smoke Bend is located in Ascension Parish
  • Star
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Star have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Star
    • Star is located in Assumption Parish
  • Sweet Home
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sweet Home
    • Sweet Home is located in Assumption Parish
  • Union
    (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union
    • Union is located in Saint James Parish
  • Welcome
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Welcome have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Welcome
    • Welcome is located in Saint James Parish

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Donaldsonville and extending to:

  • Baton Rouge, which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Donaldsonville to Baton Rouge, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 998 miles [1,606.1 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of two days, a buggy would take 39 days and walking would take 57 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,892 miles [11,091.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,601 miles [12,232.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,477 miles [8,814.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>

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

The official website for Ascension Parish: www.ascensionparish.net/

The official website for State of Louisiana: louisiana.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Donaldsonville) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Donaldsonville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.0954, Longitude: -90.9925       In this case, the coordinates for Donaldsonville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>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.
<4>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 Donaldsonville to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 315.897 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.402 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.556 degrees.









 

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