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The location of Southdowns









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Southdowns 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 Southdowns. 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 Southdowns.

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 Southdowns is near De Soto Parish and also Bossier Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for De Soto Parish

Sighting report for Bossier 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 Southdowns.

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

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

  • Shreveport [Map], which is the Seat of Caddo Parish, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 205 miles [329.9 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from Southdowns to Baton Rouge, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 12 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,039 miles [1,672.1 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 6,890 miles [11,088.4 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 7,614 miles [12,253.5 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 Southdowns ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Southdowns.

Within Louisiana, there is just one other community named Southdowns. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 1 communities in the United States - with 2 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

Virginia

Roanoke County

Our profile page for Southdowns, Roanoke County   [Map]

Distance: About 847 miles [1,363.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Southdowns ...

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.

Cedar Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast of Southdowns   [Map]

Cut-off Junction   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Cynthia Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Deep Woods   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Five Oaks   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Forest Oak   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Hickory Place   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Holly Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Keithville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

King Forest   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Live Oak   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Lucas   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Quail Ridge   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Silver Pine Village   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Staples   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Steeple Chase   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Summer Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

University Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [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 Southdowns. 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.

Van Cliburn

Musician. He was born in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Thursday July 12, 1934 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Wednesday February 27, 2013 at an age of 78. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Southdowns

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Van Cliburn<7>

Howard Elton 'Crockett' Hausey

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Yellow Pine (Louisiana) on Friday December 25, 1925 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Saturday December 31, 1994 at an age of 69. He was buried at Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Yellow Pine [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Southdowns

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Howard Elton 'Crockett' Hausey

Gary Lynn 'Big Hands' Johnson

Professional football. He was born in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Sunday August 31, 1952 and died in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Wednesday August 4, 2010 at an age of 58. He was buried at Hillcrest Memorial Park (Bossier Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Southdowns

Shreveport [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Southdowns

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Lynn 'Big Hands' Johnson

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest of Southdowns

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lady Bird Johnson

Will J. 'Dub' Jones

Musician. He was born in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Monday May 14, 1928 and died in Long Beach (California) on Sunday January 16, 2000 at an age of 71. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Southdowns

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Will J. 'Dub' Jones

John Thomas Scopes, Sr.

Substitute schoolteacher, defendant at the 'Monkey Trial' of 1925. He was born in Paducah (Kentucky) on Friday August 3, 1900 and died in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Wednesday October 21, 1970 at an age of 70. He was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery (McCracken County, Kentucky) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Southdowns

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Thomas Scopes, Sr.

Charlotte Shelby     (Born as Lily Pearl Miles Reilly)

Actress. She was born in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Wednesday December 19, 1877 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Wednesday March 13, 1957 at an age of 79.

Shreveport [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Southdowns

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charlotte Shelby

Frank Sutton     (Frank Spencer Sutton)

Actor. He was born in Clarksville (Tennessee) on Tueday October 23, 1923 and died in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Friday June 28, 1974 at an age of 50. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Montgomery County, Tennessee) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Southdowns

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Caddo Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Southdowns. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3849, Longitude: -93.7866     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Southdowns 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 Southdowns 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 317.918 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.065 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.388 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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