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South Bend, Louisiana

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The location of South Bend

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for South Bend 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 South Bend. 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 South Bend.

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

The Saint Mary Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since South Bend is near Iberia Parish and also Saint Martin Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Iberia Parish

Sighting report for Saint Martin 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 South Bend.

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

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

  • Franklin [Map], which is the Seat of Saint Mary Parish, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from South Bend to Franklin, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 61 miles [98.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,043 miles [1,678.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 60 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,938 miles [11,165.6 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 7,646 miles [12,305 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,523 miles [8,888.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named South Bend ...

We have found 13 communities that share the name South Bend.

While the name South Bend is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 13 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Lincoln County

Our profile page for South Bend, Lincoln County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 304 miles [489.2 km] to the North.

Lonoke County

Our profile page for South Bend, Lonoke County   [Map]

Distance: About 361 miles [581 km] to the North.


Clayton County

Our profile page for South Bend, Clayton County   [Map]

Distance: About 504 miles [811.1 km] to the Northeast.


Saint Joseph County

Our profile page for South Bend, Saint Joseph County   [Map]

Distance: About 882 miles [1,419.4 km] to the North Northeast.


Cowley County

Our profile page for South Bend, Cowley County

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

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

Morris County

Our profile page for South Bend, Morris County

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

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


Blue Earth County

Our profile page for South Bend, Blue Earth County

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

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


Cass County

Our profile page for South Bend, Cass County   [Map]

Distance: About 828 miles [1,332.5 km] to the North Northwest.


Armstrong County

Our profile page for South Bend, Armstrong County   [Map]

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


Harris County

Our profile page for South Bend, Harris County   [Map]

Distance: About 220 miles [354.1 km] to the West.

Young County

Our profile page for South Bend, Young County   [Map]

Distance: About 480 miles [772.5 km] to the West Northwest.


Pacific County

Our profile page for South Bend, Pacific County   [Map]

Distance: About 2,087 miles [3,358.7 km] to the Northwest.


Laramie County

Our profile page for South Bend, Laramie County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near South Bend ...

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.

Bayou Sale   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast of South Bend   [Map]

Burns   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Centerville   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Fivemile Oaks   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Garden City   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Gordy   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Luke Landing   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Maria   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Shadyside   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Louisiana

About Saint Mary Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for South Bend. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South Bend

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Bend. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.6302, Longitude: -91.5357     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Bend 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 South Bend 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 316.17 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.659 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.83 degrees.

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<7>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 South Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 South Bend 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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