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Soileau, Louisiana
(Saint Landry Parish)

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The location of Soileau

Introduction ...

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

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 Soileau, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Soileau and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Soileau 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 Soileau. 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 Soileau.

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

The Saint Landry Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Soileau is near Evangeline Parish and also Acadia Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Evangeline Parish

Sighting report for Acadia 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 Soileau.

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

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

  • Opelousas [Map], which is the Seat of Saint Landry Parish, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 60 miles [96.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). If you could walk a straight line from Soileau to Baton Rouge, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,025 miles [1,649.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take over two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 59 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,911 miles [11,122.2 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 7,625 miles [12,271.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,500 miles [8,851.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Soileau ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Soileau.

Within Louisiana, there are 2 communities which are also named Soileau.

Other Communities Located In Louisiana

Allen Parish

Our profile page for Soileau, Allen Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 32 miles [51.5 km] to the West.

Calcasieu Parish

Our profile page for Soileau, Calcasieu Parish

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Soileau ...

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.

Bat   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East of Soileau   [Map]

Bayou Jack   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Big Cane   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Frisbie (Historic)   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Gold Dust   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Grand Prairie   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Gum Ridge (Historic)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Leonville   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lewisburg   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Point Blue   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Poplar Grove   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Swords   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Taterville   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast   [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 Soileau. 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.

Mary Alice Fontenot

Author. She was born in Eunice (Louisiana) on Saturday April 16, 1910 and died in Lafayette (Louisiana) on Monday May 12, 2003 at an age of 93. She was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Acadia Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Eunice [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Soileau

Lafayette [Map] is located 30 miles [48.3 km] to the south of Soileau

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Alice Fontenot<8>

Alton 'Rockin Dopsie' Rubin

Musician. He was born in Carencro (Louisiana) on Wednesday February 10, 1932 and died in Opelousas (Louisiana) on Thursday August 26, 1993 at an age of 61. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Lafayette Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Carencro [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the south of Soileau

Opelousas [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the south of Soileau

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alton 'Rockin Dopsie' Rubin

Arthur James 'Zutty' Singleton

Musician. He was born in Bunkie (Louisiana) on Saturday May 14, 1898 and died in New York (New York) on Monday July 14, 1975 at an age of 77. He was buried at Long Island National Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Bunkie [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Soileau

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Arthur James 'Zutty' Singleton

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Saint Landry Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Soileau. 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Soileau) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Soileau. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6513, Longitude: -92.1168     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Soileau 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 Soileau 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 316.656 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.362 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.926 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 Soileau 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>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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