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Simms, Louisiana

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The location of Simms

Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Simms and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track 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 the location for Simms. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Simms.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a parish-by-parish basis. We have selected Grant Parish as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Grant Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Simms is near Rapides Parish and also La Salle Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Rapides Parish

Sighting report for La Salle Parish

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

The website, centered on Simms.

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

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

  • Colfax [Map], which is the Seat of Grant Parish, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Simms to Colfax, 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.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 103 miles [165.8 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take 4 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,006 miles [1,619 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 58 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,882 miles [11,075.5 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 7,600 miles [12,231 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,476 miles [8,812.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Simms ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Simms.

While the name Simms is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Marin County

Our profile page for Simms, Marin County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Marin County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

San Joaquin County

Our profile page for Simms, San Joaquin County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,679 miles [2,702.1 km] to the West Northwest.


Cascade County

Our profile page for Simms, Cascade County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,510 miles [2,430.1 km] to the Northwest.


Greene County

Our profile page for Simms, Greene County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 742 miles [1,194.1 km] to the Northeast.


Muskogee County

Our profile page for Simms, Muskogee County   [Map]

Distance: About 314 miles [505.3 km] to the North Northwest.

South Carolina

Richland County

Our profile page for Simms, Richland County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Richland County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.


Bowie County

Our profile page for Simms, Bowie County   [Map]

Distance: About 178 miles [286.5 km] to the Northwest.

Deaf Smith County

Our profile page for Simms, Deaf Smith County   [Map]

Distance: About 639 miles [1,028.4 km] to the West Northwest.

West Virginia

Putnam County

Our profile page for Simms, Putnam County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Putnam County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Simms ...

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.

Ball   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South of Simms   [Map]

Farmland   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Fishville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Green Gables   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Kingsville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Lee Heights   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Magnolia Park   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Paradise   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Pollock   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Prospect   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Stay   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Timber Trails   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [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 Simms. 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.

Terry Alan Mathews

Major League Baseball. He was born in Alexandria (Louisiana) on Monday October 5, 1964 and died in Alexandria (Louisiana) on Friday February 24, 2012 at an age of 47. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Rapides Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Alexandria [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Simms

Alexandria [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Simms

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Terry Alan Mathews<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Grant Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Simms. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4613, Longitude: -92.4235     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Simms 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 Simms 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 316.944 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.806 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.941 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 Simms 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 parish. 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 Simms, 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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