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The location of Sunbeam









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Sunbeam 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 Sunbeam. 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 Sunbeam.

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

The East Feliciana Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Sunbeam is near East Baton Rouge Parish and also Saint Helena Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for East Baton Rouge Parish

Sighting report for Saint Helena 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 Sunbeam.

How Far From Sunbeam 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 Sunbeam 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 Sunbeam once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Sunbeam and extending to:

  • Clinton [Map], which is the Seat of East Feliciana Parish, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Sunbeam to Clinton, with an average speed<3> 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). The buggy would take most of a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 965 miles [1,553 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 38 days and walking would take 55 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,857 miles [11,035.3 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 7,567 miles [12,177.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,443 miles [8,759.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Sunbeam ...

We have found 10 communities that share the name Sunbeam.

While the name Sunbeam is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 10 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Louisiana

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California

El Dorado County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, El Dorado County

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

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

Colorado

Moffat County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Moffat County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,178 miles [1,895.8 km] to the Northwest.

Florida

Duval County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Duval County   [Map]

Distance: About 557 miles [896.4 km] to the East.

Idaho

Custer County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Custer County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,593 miles [2,563.7 km] to the Northwest.

Illinois

Mercer County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Mercer County   [Map]

Distance: About 716 miles [1,152.3 km] to the North.

Kansas

Wabaunsee County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Wabaunsee County

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

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

Pennsylvania

Franklin County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Franklin County

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

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

Texas

Grayson County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Grayson County

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

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

Virginia

Southampton County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Southampton County   [Map]

Distance: About 892 miles [1,435.5 km] to the East Northeast.

West Virginia

Logan County

Our profile page for Sunbeam, Logan County   [Map]

Distance: About 707 miles [1,137.8 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sunbeam ...

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.

Battle   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest of Sunbeam   [Map]

Bluff Creek   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Grays   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hatchersville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Kents Store (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Olive Branch   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Pride   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Stonypoint (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [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 Sunbeam. 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 5 miles [8 km] to the southwest of Sunbeam

Zachary [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest of Sunbeam

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 southwest of Sunbeam

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 southwest of Sunbeam

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 southwest of Sunbeam

Baton Rouge [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southwest of Sunbeam

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 southwest of Sunbeam

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Louisiana

About East Feliciana Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 Sunbeam, 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' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sunbeam) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunbeam. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.7566, Longitude: -90.9220     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunbeam 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 Sunbeam 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 315.931 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.53 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.434 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 Sunbeam 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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