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The location of Southwinds









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Southwinds 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 Southwinds. 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 Southwinds.

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

The Ouachita Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Southwinds is near Richland Parish and also Caldwell Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Richland Parish

Sighting report for Caldwell 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 Southwinds.

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

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

  • Monroe [Map], which is the Seat of Ouachita Parish, lies just to the Northwest.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 149 miles [239.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Southwinds to Baton Rouge, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 949 miles [1,527.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 37 days and walking would take 54 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,816 miles [10,969.3 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 7,536 miles [12,128 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,411 miles [8,708.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Southwinds ...

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.

Cypress Point   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Southwinds   [Map]

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

Forest Oaks   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Garden Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Green Terrace   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Kings Oaks   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Lincoln Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

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

Robinson Place   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Spanish City   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Tanglewood   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [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 Southwinds. 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.

Billy Arnold Muffett

Major League Baseball. He was born in Hammond (Indiana) on Sunday September 21, 1930 and died in Monroe (Louisiana) on Sunday June 15, 2008 at an age of 77.

Monroe [Map] is located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the northwest of Southwinds

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Arnold Muffett<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Louisiana

About Ouachita Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Southwinds. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Ouachita Parish: www.oppj.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- Southwinds) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Southwinds. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4785, Longitude: -92.0387     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Southwinds 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 Southwinds 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 316.815 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.789 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.634 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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