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The location of Somerset









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Somerset 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 Somerset. 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 Somerset.

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

The Tensas Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Somerset is near Madison Parish and also Warren County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Madison Parish

Sighting report for Warren 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 Somerset.

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

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

  • Saint Joseph [Map], which is the Seat of Tensas Parish, lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Somerset to Saint Joseph, 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 five to six hours.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 119 miles [191.5 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 921 miles [1,482.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 36 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,799 miles [10,941.9 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 7,515 miles [12,094.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,391 miles [8,676 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Somerset ...

We have found 44 communities that share the name Somerset.

While the name Somerset is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 44 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Alabama

Geneva County

Our profile page for Somerset, Geneva County   [Map]

Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the East Southeast.

California

El Dorado County

Our profile page for Somerset, El Dorado County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,708 miles [2,748.8 km] to the West Northwest.

Siskiyou County

Our profile page for Somerset, Siskiyou County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,810 miles [2,912.9 km] to the West Northwest.

Colorado

Gunnison County

Our profile page for Somerset, Gunnison County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,022 miles [1,644.7 km] to the West Northwest.

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Somerset, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 612 miles [984.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Georgia

Bulloch County

Our profile page for Somerset, Bulloch County   [Map]

Distance: About 552 miles [888.4 km] to the East.

Illinois

DuPage County

Our profile page for Somerset, DuPage County

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

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

McHenry County

Our profile page for Somerset, McHenry County

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

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

Saline County

Our profile page for Somerset, Saline County   [Map]

Distance: About 409 miles [658.2 km] to the North Northeast.

Indiana

Wabash County

Our profile page for Somerset, Wabash County   [Map]

Distance: About 658 miles [1,058.9 km] to the North Northeast.

Iowa

Warren County

Our profile page for Somerset, Warren County

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

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

Kansas

Miami County

Our profile page for Somerset, Miami County   [Map]

Distance: About 486 miles [782.1 km] to the North Northwest.

Kentucky

Pulaski County

Our profile page for Somerset, Pulaski County   [Map]

Distance: About 506 miles [814.3 km] to the Northeast.

Manitoba

Our profile page for Somerset   [Map]

Distance: About 1,249 miles [2,010.1 km] to the North Northwest.

Maryland

Anne Arundel County

Our profile page for Somerset, Anne Arundel County   [Map]

Distance: About 948 miles [1,525.7 km] to the Northeast.

Calvert County

Our profile page for Somerset, Calvert County   [Map]

Distance: About 935 miles [1,504.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Carroll County

Our profile page for Somerset, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 940 miles [1,512.8 km] to the Northeast.

Frederick County

Our profile page for Somerset, Frederick County   [Map]

Distance: About 915 miles [1,472.5 km] to the Northeast.

Howard County

Our profile page for Somerset, Howard County   [Map]

Distance: About 941 miles [1,514.4 km] to the Northeast.

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Somerset, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 920 miles [1,480.6 km] to the Northeast.

Worcester County

Our profile page for Somerset, Worcester County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,000 miles [1,609.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Massachusetts

Bristol County

Our profile page for Somerset, Bristol County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,287 miles [2,071.2 km] to the Northeast.

Michigan

Hillsdale County

Our profile page for Somerset, Hillsdale County   [Map]

Distance: About 778 miles [1,252.1 km] to the North Northeast.

Missouri

Monroe County

Our profile page for Somerset, Monroe County

This community is historic.<8>

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

Ozark County

Our profile page for Somerset, Ozark County

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

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

Nebraska

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Somerset, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 800 miles [1,287.5 km] to the Northwest.

New Jersey

Mercer County

Our profile page for Somerset, Mercer County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,067 miles [1,717.2 km] to the Northeast.

Passaic County

Our profile page for Somerset, Passaic County

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

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

Somerset County

Our profile page for Somerset, Somerset County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,091 miles [1,755.8 km] to the Northeast.

New York

Niagara County

Our profile page for Somerset, Niagara County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,033 miles [1,662.5 km] to the Northeast.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Our profile page for Somerset   [Map]

Distance: About 2,229 miles [3,587.2 km] to the Northeast.

North Carolina

Chowan County

Our profile page for Somerset, Chowan County   [Map]

Distance: About 884 miles [1,422.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Haywood County

Our profile page for Somerset, Haywood County

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

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

Person County

Our profile page for Somerset, Person County   [Map]

Distance: About 755 miles [1,215.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Somerset

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

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

Ohio

Perry County

Our profile page for Somerset, Perry County   [Map]

Distance: About 725 miles [1,166.8 km] to the Northeast.

Pennsylvania

Somerset County

Our profile page for Somerset, Somerset County   [Map]

Distance: About 866 miles [1,393.7 km] to the Northeast.

Texas

Atascosa County

Our profile page for Somerset, Atascosa County

This community is historic.

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

Bexar County

Our profile page for Somerset, Bexar County   [Map]

Distance: About 485 miles [780.5 km] to the West Southwest.

Vermont

Windham County

Our profile page for Somerset, Windham County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,240 miles [1,995.6 km] to the Northeast.

Virginia

Chesterfield County

Our profile page for Somerset, Chesterfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 858 miles [1,380.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Orange County

Our profile page for Somerset, Orange County   [Map]

Distance: About 843 miles [1,356.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Washington

King County

Our profile page for Somerset, King County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,933 miles [3,110.9 km] to the Northwest.

Wisconsin

Saint Croix County

Our profile page for Somerset, Saint Croix County   [Map]

Distance: About 897 miles [1,443.6 km] to the North.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Somerset ...

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.

Dearborn   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West of Somerset   [Map]

Ferry Newlight Landing   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hopewell Landing   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Hurricane (MS)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

King   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lake Bruin   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South   [Map]

New Quarters   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Pecan Landing   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Wildcat   -   7 miles [11.3 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 Somerset. 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.

Bob Howard

Professional football. He was born in Tallulah (Louisiana) on Friday November 24, 1944 and died in San Diego (California) on Monday April 7, 2008 at an age of 63. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (San Diego County, California) [Map].

Tallulah [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the north of Somerset

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bob Howard<9>

Irwin Russel

Poet. He was born in Port Gibson (Mississippi) on Thursday June 3, 1852 and died in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Tueday December 23, 1879 at an age of 27. He was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Port Gibson [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Somerset

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Irwin Russel

Irwin Russell

Poet. He was born in Port Gibson (Mississippi) on Friday June 3, 1853 and died in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Tueday December 23, 1879 at an age of 26. He was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Port Gibson [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast of Somerset

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Irwin Russell

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Tensas Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Somerset. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1763, Longitude: -91.2340     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Somerset 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 Somerset 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 316.278 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.124 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.346 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Somerset 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 Somerset, 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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