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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Sparta 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 Sparta. 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 Sparta.

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

The Bienville Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Sparta is near Webster Parish and also Lincoln Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Webster Parish

Sighting report for Lincoln 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 Sparta.

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

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

  • Arcadia [Map], which is the Seat of Bienville Parish, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Sparta to Arcadia, 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 175 miles [281.6 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,004 miles [1,615.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving 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 6,863 miles [11,044.9 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 7,585 miles [12,206.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,461 miles [8,788.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sparta ...

We have found 25 communities that share the name Sparta.

While the name Sparta is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 25 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Alabama

Conecuh County

Our profile page for Sparta, Conecuh County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 363 miles [584.2 km] to the East.

Georgia

Hancock County

Our profile page for Sparta, Hancock County   [Map]

Distance: About 589 miles [947.9 km] to the East.

Illinois

Randolph County

Our profile page for Sparta, Randolph County   [Map]

Distance: About 441 miles [709.7 km] to the North Northeast.

Indiana

Dearborn County

Our profile page for Sparta, Dearborn County   [Map]

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

Kansas

McPherson County

Our profile page for Sparta, McPherson County

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

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

Kentucky

Gallatin County

Our profile page for Sparta, Gallatin County   [Map]

Distance: About 633 miles [1,018.7 km] to the Northeast.

Michigan

Kent County

Our profile page for Sparta, Kent County   [Map]

Distance: About 845 miles [1,359.9 km] to the North Northeast.

Minnesota

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Sparta, Saint Louis County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,043 miles [1,678.5 km] to the North.

Mississippi

Chickasaw County

Our profile page for Sparta, Chickasaw County   [Map]

Distance: About 256 miles [412 km] to the East Northeast.

Missouri

Buchanan County

Our profile page for Sparta, Buchanan County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 512 miles [824 km] to the North.

Christian County

Our profile page for Sparta, Christian County   [Map]

Distance: About 319 miles [513.4 km] to the North.

Nebraska

Knox County

Our profile page for Sparta, Knox County   [Map]

Distance: About 758 miles [1,219.9 km] to the North Northwest.

New Jersey

Sussex County

Our profile page for Sparta, Sussex County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,179 miles [1,897.4 km] to the Northeast.

New York

Westchester County

Our profile page for Sparta, Westchester County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,219 miles [1,961.8 km] to the Northeast.

North Carolina

Alleghany County

Our profile page for Sparta, Alleghany County   [Map]

Distance: About 737 miles [1,186.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Ohio

Athens County

Our profile page for Sparta, Athens County

This community is historic.

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

Morrow County

Our profile page for Sparta, Morrow County   [Map]

Distance: About 799 miles [1,285.9 km] to the Northeast.

Stark County

Our profile page for Sparta, Stark County

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

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

Ontario

Our profile page for Sparta   [Map]

Distance: About 968 miles [1,557.8 km] to the Northeast.

Oregon

Baker County

Our profile page for Sparta, Baker County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,557 miles [2,505.7 km] to the Northwest.

Pennsylvania

Washington County

Our profile page for Sparta, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 884 miles [1,422.7 km] to the Northeast.

Tennessee

White County

Our profile page for Sparta, White County   [Map]

Distance: About 499 miles [803.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Texas

Bell County

Our profile page for Sparta, Bell County

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

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

Virginia

Caroline County

Our profile page for Sparta, Caroline County   [Map]

Distance: About 973 miles [1,565.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Wisconsin

Monroe County

Our profile page for Sparta, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 808 miles [1,300.3 km] to the North.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sparta ...

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.

Alberta   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest of Sparta   [Map]

Bryan (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Ebenezer   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Jamestown   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Liberty Hill   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Lucky   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Martin Junction   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Pleasant Hill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Ridge   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Swift   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [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 Sparta. 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.

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 16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest of Sparta

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Howard Elton 'Crockett' Hausey<9>

Percy Mayfield

Songwriter. He was born in Minden (Louisiana) on Thursday August 12, 1920 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday August 11, 1984 at an age of 64. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Minden [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Sparta

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Percy Mayfield

Louise Preslar Peete

Crime figure. She was born in Bienville (Louisiana) on Monday September 20, 1880 and died in San Quentin (California) on Friday April 11, 1947 at an age of 66. She was buried at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery (California).

Bienville [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the east of Sparta

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Louise Preslar Peete

Paul 'Tank' Younger

Professional football. He was born in Grambling (Louisiana) on Monday April 30, 1928 and died in Inglewood (California) on Saturday September 15, 2001 at an age of 73. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Grambling [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast of Sparta

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul 'Tank' Younger

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Bienville Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bienville Parish: www.bienvilleparish.org/

The official website for State of Louisiana: louisiana.gov/

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sparta) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sparta. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3674, Longitude: -93.0796     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sparta 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 Sparta 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 317.463 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.531 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.089 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 Sparta, 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Sparta 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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<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: findagrave.com.

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