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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Somers 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 Somers. 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 Somers.

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 Somers is near Pointe Coupee Parish and also Avoyelles Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Pointe Coupee Parish

Sighting report for Avoyelles 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 Somers.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Somers once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Somers and extending to:

  • Opelousas [Map], which is the Seat of Saint Landry Parish, lies 24 miles [38.6 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Somers to Opelousas, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 47 miles [75.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,004 miles [1,615.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 57 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,891 miles [11,090 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,604 miles [12,237.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,480 miles [8,819.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Somers ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Somers.

While the name Somers is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Connecticut

Tolland County

Our profile page for Somers, Tolland County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,319 miles [2,122.7 km] to the Northeast.

Iowa

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Somers, Calhoun County   [Map]

Distance: About 812 miles [1,306.8 km] to the North.

Massachusetts

Hampden County

Our profile page for Somers, Hampden County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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

Montana

Flathead County

Our profile page for Somers, Flathead County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,676 miles [2,697.3 km] to the Northwest.

New York

Westchester County

Our profile page for Somers, Westchester County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,241 miles [1,997.2 km] to the Northeast.

Pennsylvania

Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Somers, Westmoreland County

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

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

Virginia

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Somers, Lancaster County   [Map]

Distance: About 992 miles [1,596.5 km] to the East Northeast.

Wisconsin

Kenosha County

Our profile page for Somers, Kenosha County   [Map]

Distance: About 845 miles [1,359.9 km] to the North Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Somers ...

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   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest of Somers   [Map]

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

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

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

Gordon   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

New California   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Randall (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Taterville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Woodside   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [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 Somers. 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.

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 36 miles [57.9 km] to the southwest of Somers

Opelousas [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest of Somers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alton 'Rockin Dopsie' Rubin<9>

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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northwest of Somers

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Louisiana

About Saint Landry Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Somers, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>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- Somers) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Somers. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.8021, Longitude: -91.8082     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Somers have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Somers to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 316.483 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.18 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.782 degrees.

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<8>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 Somers 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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<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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