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Southdown, Louisiana
(Terrebonne Parish)

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The location of Southdown

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Southdown 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 Southdown. 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 Southdown.

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

The Terrebonne Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Southdown is near Lafourche Parish and also Assumption Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Lafourche Parish

Sighting report for Assumption 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 Southdown.

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

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

  • Houma [Map], which is the Seat of Terrebonne Parish, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 64 miles [103 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Southdown to Baton Rouge, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,010 miles [1,625.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take over two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 58 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,907 miles [11,115.7 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 7,612 miles [12,250.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,490 miles [8,835.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Southdown ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Southdown.

Within Louisiana, there is just one other community named Southdown. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 2 communities in the United States - with 3 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Louisiana

Communities outside of Louisiana

Communities Outside of Louisiana


Letcher County

Our profile page for Southdown, Letcher County   [Map]

Distance: About 694 miles [1,116.9 km] to the Northeast.


Brazoria County

Our profile page for Southdown, Brazoria County   [Map]

Distance: About 277 miles [445.8 km] to the West.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Southdown ...

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.

Argyle   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest of Southdown   [Map]

Central   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Crescent   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Cypress Gardens   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Ellendale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Idlewild   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Mechanicville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Mulberry   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Sunshine   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Waterproof   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Louisiana

About Terrebonne Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Southdown. 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' (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- Southdown) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Southdown. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.5869, Longitude: -90.7390     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Southdown 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 Southdown 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 315.681 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.082 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.527 degrees.

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