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The location of Soco









Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Soco 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 Soco. 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 Soco.

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 Claiborne Parish as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Claiborne Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Soco is near Columbia County and also Webster Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Columbia County

Sighting report for Webster 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Soco.

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

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

  • Homer [Map], which is the Seat of Claiborne Parish, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Soco to Homer, 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.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 212 miles [341.2 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 986 miles [1,586.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 39 days and walking would take 56 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,833 miles [10,996.6 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 7,558 miles [12,163.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,434 miles [8,745.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Soco ...

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.

Dodge City (AR)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East of Soco   [Map]

Forest Grove (AR)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Gordon   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Harmony (AR)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Homer   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Horsehead (AR)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Mohawk (AR)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Rocky Mound (AR)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Spotville (AR)   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Tide Water (AR)   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Walnut Grove (AR)   -   15 miles [24.1 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 Soco. 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.

Travis Calvin 'Stonewall' Jackson

Major League Baseball. He was born in Waldo (Arkansas) on Monday November 2, 1903 and died in Waldo (Arkansas) on Monday July 27, 1987 at an age of 83. He was buried at Waldo Cemetery (Columbia County, Arkansas) [Map].

Waldo [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Soco

Waldo [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the north of Soco

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Travis Calvin 'Stonewall' Jackson<7>

Percy Mayfield

Songwriter. He was born in Minden (Louisiana) on Thursday August 12, 1920 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday August 11, 1984 at an age of 64. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Minden [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Soco

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Percy Mayfield

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Louisiana

About Claiborne Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Soco) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Soco. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0029, Longitude: -93.1474     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Soco 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 Soco 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 317.576 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.746 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.027 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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