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The location of Solitude









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Solitude 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 Solitude. 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 Solitude.

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

The West Feliciana Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Solitude is near Pointe Coupee Parish and also East Feliciana Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Pointe Coupee Parish

Sighting report for East Feliciana 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 Solitude.

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

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

  • Saint Francisville [Map], which is the Seat of West Feliciana Parish, lies just to the Southeast.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 31 miles [49.9 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could walk a straight line from Solitude to Baton Rouge, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two 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 [Map]) is 985 miles [1,585.2 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 56 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,873 miles [11,061 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 7,586 miles [12,208.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,462 miles [8,790.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Solitude ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Solitude.

While the name Solitude is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Solitude, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 582 miles [936.6 km] to the East Southeast.

Indiana

Posey County

Our profile page for Solitude, Posey County   [Map]

Distance: About 534 miles [859.4 km] to the North Northeast.

Kentucky

Bullitt County

Our profile page for Solitude, Bullitt County   [Map]

Distance: About 595 miles [957.6 km] to the North Northeast.

Maryland

Talbot County

Our profile page for Solitude, Talbot County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,019 miles [1,639.9 km] to the Northeast.

Missouri

Pemiscot County

Our profile page for Solitude, Pemiscot County

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

North Carolina

Ashe County

Our profile page for Solitude, Ashe County

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

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

Tennessee

Hawkins County

Our profile page for Solitude, Hawkins County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

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

Utah

Grand County

Our profile page for Solitude, Grand County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,189 miles [1,913.5 km] to the Northwest.

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Solitude, Salt Lake County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,312 miles [2,111.5 km] to the Northwest.

Virginia

Botetourt County

Our profile page for Solitude, Botetourt County   [Map]

Distance: About 818 miles [1,316.4 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Solitude ...

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.

Alice   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast of Solitude   [Map]

Brake   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Converse (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Elm Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Flower Hill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Freeland   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Hardwood   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Island   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Majors   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

New Roads   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Retreat   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Riddle   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Spillman   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Starhill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [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 Solitude. 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.

Donna Douglas     (Born as Doris Ione Smith)

Actress, singer, author, real estate. She was born in Pride (Louisiana) on Monday September 26, 1932 and died in Zachary (Louisiana) on Thursday January 1, 2015 at an age of 82.

Pride [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Solitude

Zachary [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast of Solitude

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Donna Douglas<9>

Lester Willis 'Prez' Young

Musician. He was born in Woodville (Mississippi) on Friday August 27, 1909 and died in New York (New York) on Sunday March 15, 1959 at an age of 49.

Woodville [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the north of Solitude

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lester Willis 'Prez' Young

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Louisiana

About West Feliciana Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Solitude. 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 'straight-line' (or 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- Solitude) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Solitude. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.8324, Longitude: -91.4251     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Solitude 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 Solitude 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 316.249 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.911 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.624 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 Solitude 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 Solitude, 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: findagrave.com.

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