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Sumpter, Louisiana

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The location of Sumpter

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Sumpter 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 Sumpter. 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 Sumpter.

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

The Lincoln Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Sumpter is near Jackson Parish and also Union Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Jackson Parish

Sighting report for Union 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 Sumpter.

How Far From Sumpter to ...

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Sumpter once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Sumpter and extending to:

  • Ruston [Map], which is the Seat of Lincoln Parish, lies just to the Southwest.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 170 miles [273.6 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). If you could drive a straight line from Sumpter to Baton Rouge, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 972 miles [1,564.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 38 days and walking would take 56 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,832 miles [10,995 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,554 miles [12,157 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,430 miles [8,738.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Sumpter ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Sumpter.

While the name Sumpter is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Bradley County

Our profile page for Sumpter, Bradley County   [Map]

Distance: About 69 miles [111 km] to the North Northeast.


White County

Our profile page for Sumpter, White County

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

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


Wayne County

Our profile page for Sumpter, Wayne County   [Map]

Distance: About 525 miles [844.9 km] to the Northeast.


Wayne County

Our profile page for Sumpter, Wayne County

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

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


Kay County

Our profile page for Sumpter, Kay County   [Map]

Distance: About 399 miles [642.1 km] to the Northwest.


Baker County

Our profile page for Sumpter, Baker County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,606 miles [2,584.6 km] to the Northwest.


Sullivan County

Our profile page for Sumpter, Sullivan County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 644 miles [1,036.4 km] to the East Northeast.


Trinity County

Our profile page for Sumpter, Trinity County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 179 miles [288.1 km] to the Southwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sumpter ...

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.

Cartwright   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast of Sumpter   [Map]

Clay   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Cooktown   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Downsville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Evergreen   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Frost Town   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Gills Ferry   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

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

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

Mineral Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Pleasant Hill   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Redwine (Historic)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Rock Corner   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Unionville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Wise (Historic)   -   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 Sumpter. 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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Sumpter

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Arnold Muffett<9>

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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Sumpter

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 8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest of Sumpter

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Louisiana Community

About Lincoln Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Lincoln Parish:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Sumpter, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sumpter) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sumpter. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5815, Longitude: -92.5832     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sumpter have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Sumpter to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 317.17 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.218 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.848 degrees.

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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 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 Sumpter 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:

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