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Sparks, Louisiana

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The location of Sparks

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Sparks 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 Sparks. 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 Sparks.

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

The Pointe Coupee Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Sparks is near Iberville Parish and also West Baton Rouge Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Iberville Parish

Sighting report for West Baton Rouge 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 Sparks.

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

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

  • New Roads [Map], which is the Seat of Pointe Coupee Parish, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Sparks to New Roads, 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 four to five hours.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 24 miles [38.6 km] to the East (E). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,004 miles [1,615.8 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 57 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,894 miles [11,094.8 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 7,606 miles [12,240.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,482 miles [8,822.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sparks ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Sparks.

While the name Sparks is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 15 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Moffat County

Our profile page for Sparks, Moffat County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,203 miles [1,936 km] to the Northwest.


Berrien County

Our profile page for Sparks, Berrien County

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

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

Cook County

Our profile page for Sparks, Cook County   [Map]

Distance: About 481 miles [774.1 km] to the East.

Washington County

Our profile page for Sparks, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 545 miles [877.1 km] to the East Northeast.


Doniphan County

Our profile page for Sparks, Doniphan County   [Map]

Distance: About 678 miles [1,091.1 km] to the North Northwest.


Estill County

Our profile page for Sparks, Estill County   [Map]

Distance: About 666 miles [1,071.8 km] to the Northeast.

Jackson County

Our profile page for Sparks, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 646 miles [1,039.6 km] to the Northeast.


Baltimore County

Our profile page for Sparks, Baltimore County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,045 miles [1,681.8 km] to the Northeast.


Cherry County

Our profile page for Sparks, Cherry County   [Map]

Distance: About 984 miles [1,583.6 km] to the North Northwest.


Washoe County

Our profile page for Sparks, Washoe County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,704 miles [2,742.3 km] to the West Northwest.


Lincoln County

Our profile page for Sparks, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 467 miles [751.6 km] to the Northwest.


Umatilla County

Our profile page for Sparks, Umatilla County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,798 miles [2,893.6 km] to the Northwest.


Bell County

Our profile page for Sparks, Bell County   [Map]

Distance: About 347 miles [558.4 km] to the West.

El Paso County

Our profile page for Sparks, El Paso County   [Map]

Distance: About 873 miles [1,405 km] to the West.

West Virginia

Nicholas County

Our profile page for Sparks, Nicholas County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 806 miles [1,297.1 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sparks ...

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.

Blanks   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest of Sparks   [Map]

Erwinville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

False River   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

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

Lottie   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Oscar   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Quick   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Rosedale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Slacks   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [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 Sparks. 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.

Donna Douglas     (Born as Doris Ione Smith)

Actress, singer, author, real estate. She was born in Pride (Louisiana) on Monday September 26, 1932 and died in Zachary (Louisiana) on Thursday January 1, 2015 at an age of 82.

Pride [Map] is located 35 miles [56.3 km] to the northeast of Sparks

Zachary [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Donna Douglas<9>

Cleouna 'Cleo' Moore

Actress. She was born in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) on Friday October 31, 1924 and died in Inglewood (California) on Thursday October 25, 1973 at an age of 49. She was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Baton Rouge [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cleouna 'Cleo' Moore

Charles Solomon 'Buddy' Myer

Major League Baseball. He was born in Ellisville (Mississippi) on Wednesday March 16, 1904 and died in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) on Thursday October 31, 1974 at an age of 70. He was buried at Greenoaks Memorial Park (East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Baton Rouge [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Solomon 'Buddy' Myer

Jim Taylor

Professional football. He was born in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) on Friday September 20, 1935 and died in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) on Saturday October 13, 2018 at an age of 83. He was buried at Greenoaks Memorial Park (East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Baton Rouge [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Sparks

Baton Rouge [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jim Taylor

William 'Lum' York

Musician, comedian. He was born in Elmore (Alabama) on Saturday November 16, 1918 and died in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) on Sunday August 15, 2004 at an age of 85. He was buried at Greenoaks Memorial Park (East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Baton Rouge [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William 'Lum' York

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Pointe Coupee Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sparks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4988, Longitude: -91.5273     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sparks 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 Sparks 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 316.273 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.894 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.711 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 Sparks 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 Sparks, 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:

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