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The location of Staples









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Staples 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 Staples. 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 Staples.

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 Staples 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 Staples.

How Far From Staples to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Staples to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Shreveport [Map], which is the Seat of Caddo Parish, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Staples to Shreveport, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 206 miles [331.5 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,042 miles [1,676.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 60 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,892 miles [11,091.6 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 7,617 miles [12,258.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,492 miles [8,838.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Staples ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Staples.

While the name Staples is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Louisiana

Kansas

Kiowa County

Our profile page for Staples, Kiowa County

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

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

Minnesota

Todd County

Our profile page for Staples, Todd County   [Map]

Distance: About 967 miles [1,556.2 km] to the North.

Ontario

Our profile page for Staples   [Map]

Distance: About 915 miles [1,472.5 km] to the Northeast.

Texas

Guadalupe County

Our profile page for Staples, Guadalupe County   [Map]

Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the Southwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Staples ...

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.

Cannon   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North of Staples   [Map]

Cedar Grove   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Cut-off Junction   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

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

Five Oaks   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Forest Oak   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Hickory Place   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Holly Hill   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

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

King Forest   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Silver Pine Village   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

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

Stonewall   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Summer Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [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 Staples. 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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the north of Staples

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Van Cliburn<8>

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Staples

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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the north of Staples

Shreveport [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the north of Staples

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 Staples

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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the north of Staples

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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the north of Staples

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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the north of Staples

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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the north of Staples

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Search for a Community in Louisiana

About Caddo Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Staples. 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 from Point A (ie- Staples) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Staples. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3643, Longitude: -93.8166     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Staples 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 Staples 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 317.935 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.083 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.404 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 Staples 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>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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