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The location of Solley Hill









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Solley Hill 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 Solley Hill. 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 Solley Hill.

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

The Caddo Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Solley Hill is near Marion County and also Cass County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Marion County

Sighting report for Cass County

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 Solley Hill.

How Far From Solley Hill to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Solley Hill to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Shreveport [Map], which is the Seat of Caddo Parish, lies 30 miles [48.3 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Solley Hill to Shreveport, 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.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 238 miles [383 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,036 miles [1,667.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 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 6,874 miles [11,062.6 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 7,602 miles [12,234.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,478 miles [8,816 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Solley Hill ...

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.

Ferry Lake   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South of Solley Hill   [Map]

Frog Level (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Gethsemane (TX)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Gray (TX)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Kildare Junction (TX)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Mail Boxes   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Oil City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Rambo (TX)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Shoreline   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Stacy Landing   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Superior   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Trees   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [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 Solley Hill. 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.

Floyd Dixon

Musician. He was born in Marshall (Texas) on Friday February 8, 1929 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday July 26, 2006 at an age of 77. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Marshall [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southwest of Solley Hill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Floyd Dixon<7>

Lady Bird Johnson

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 - 1969). She was born in Karnack (Texas) on Sunday December 22, 1912 and died in Austin (Texas) on Wednesday July 11, 2007 at an age of 94. She was buried at Johnson Family Cemetery (Gillespie County, Texas) [Map].

Karnack [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Solley Hill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lady Bird Johnson

Scott Joplin

Jazz Composer, pianist. He was born in Linden (Texas) on Tueday November 24, 1868 and died in New York (New York) on Sunday April 1, 1917 at an age of 48. He was buried at St. Michaels Cemetery (Queens County, New York) [Map].

Linden [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest of Solley Hill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Scott Joplin

T-Bone Walker     (Born as Aaron Thibeaux Walker)

Musician. He was born in Linden (Texas) on Saturday May 28, 1910 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday March 16, 1975 at an age of 64. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Linden [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest of Solley Hill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: T-Bone Walker

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Louisiana Community

About Caddo Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Caddo Parish: www.caddo.org/

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 from Point A (ie- Solley Hill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Solley Hill. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8674, Longitude: -94.0363     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Solley Hill 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 Solley Hill 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 318.135 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.381 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.43 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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