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Start, Louisiana

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The location of Start

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Start 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 Start. 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 Start.

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

The Richland Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Start is near Morehouse Parish and also Ouachita Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Morehouse Parish

Sighting report for Ouachita 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 Start.

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

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

  • Rayville [Map], which is the Seat of Richland Parish, lies just to the East.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 147 miles [236.6 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Start 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 940 miles [1,512.8 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 6,808 miles [10,956.4 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 7,528 miles [12,115.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,403 miles [8,695.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Start ...

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.

Crew Lake   -   Less than 2 miles to the West of Start   [Map]

Cypress Point   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Four Forks   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Garden Park   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Gum Ridge   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Hidden Oaks   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Jones Ferry   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lakeshore   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Lakeview Park   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Leisure Village   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Magenta   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Rhymes   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Spanish City   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Tanglewood   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [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 Start. 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 12 miles [19.3 km] to the west of Start

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Louisiana

About Richland Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Start. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Start

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Start. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4865, Longitude: -91.8593     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Start 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 Start 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 316.702 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.659 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.558 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:

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