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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Sunset 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 Sunset. 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 Sunset.

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

The Saint Landry Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Sunset is near Lafayette Parish and also Saint Martin Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Lafayette Parish

Sighting report for Saint Martin 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 Sunset.

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

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

  • Opelousas [Map], which is the Seat of Saint Landry Parish, lies just to the North.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 55 miles [88.5 km] to the East (E). If you could walk a straight line from Sunset to Baton Rouge, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,033 miles [1,662.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 59 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,921 miles [11,138.3 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 7,634 miles [12,285.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,509 miles [8,865.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Sunset ...

We have found 51 communities that share the name Sunset.

While the name Sunset is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 51 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Alabama

Jackson County

Our profile page for Sunset, Jackson County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 467 miles [751.6 km] to the Northeast.

Arizona

Graham County

Our profile page for Sunset, Graham County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,077 miles [1,733.3 km] to the West Northwest.

Navajo County

Our profile page for Sunset, Navajo County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,124 miles [1,808.9 km] to the West Northwest.

Arkansas

Crittenden County

Our profile page for Sunset, Crittenden County   [Map]

Distance: About 349 miles [561.7 km] to the North Northeast.

Washington County

Our profile page for Sunset, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 389 miles [626 km] to the North Northwest.

British Columbia

Our profile page for Sunset   [Map]

Distance: About 2,071 miles [3,333 km] to the Northwest.

California

Humboldt County

Our profile page for Sunset, Humboldt County

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

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

San Francisco County

Our profile page for Sunset, San Francisco County

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

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

Sutter County

Our profile page for Sunset, Sutter County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,775 miles [2,856.6 km] to the West Northwest.

Colorado

Boulder County

Our profile page for Sunset, Boulder County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,004 miles [1,615.8 km] to the Northwest.

Pueblo County

Our profile page for Sunset, Pueblo County

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

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

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Sunset, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 602 miles [968.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Miami-Dade County

Our profile page for Sunset, Miami-Dade County   [Map]

Distance: About 783 miles [1,260.1 km] to the East Southeast.

Georgia

Colquitt County

Our profile page for Sunset, Colquitt County   [Map]

Distance: About 492 miles [791.8 km] to the East.

Idaho

Shoshone County

Our profile page for Sunset, Shoshone County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,727 miles [2,779.3 km] to the Northwest.

Illinois

Kane County

Our profile page for Sunset, Kane County

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

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

Kansas

Morton County

Our profile page for Sunset, Morton County

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

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

Republic County

Our profile page for Sunset, Republic County

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

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

Seward County

Our profile page for Sunset, Seward County

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

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

Sumner County

Our profile page for Sunset, Sumner County

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

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

Kentucky

Fleming County

Our profile page for Sunset, Fleming County   [Map]

Distance: About 722 miles [1,161.9 km] to the Northeast.

Maine

Hancock County

Our profile page for Sunset, Hancock County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,588 miles [2,555.6 km] to the Northeast.

Maryland

Calvert County

Our profile page for Sunset, Calvert County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,045 miles [1,681.8 km] to the Northeast.

Mississippi

Covington County

Our profile page for Sunset, Covington County   [Map]

Distance: About 168 miles [270.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Oktibbeha County

Our profile page for Sunset, Oktibbeha County   [Map]

Distance: About 279 miles [449 km] to the Northeast.

Missouri

Polk County

Our profile page for Sunset, Polk County   [Map]

Distance: About 498 miles [801.5 km] to the North.

Montana

Deer Lodge County

Our profile page for Sunset, Deer Lodge County

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

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

Missoula County

Our profile page for Sunset, Missoula County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,612 miles [2,594.3 km] to the Northwest.

Nevada

Clark County

Our profile page for Sunset, Clark County

This community is historic.

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

New Mexico

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Sunset, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 788 miles [1,268.2 km] to the West Northwest.

New York

Kings County

Our profile page for Sunset, Kings County

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

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

Oklahoma

Custer County

Our profile page for Sunset, Custer County   [Map]

Distance: About 543 miles [873.9 km] to the Northwest.

Oregon

Baker County

Our profile page for Sunset, Baker County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,681 miles [2,705.3 km] to the Northwest.

Clackamas County

Our profile page for Sunset, Clackamas County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,941 miles [3,123.7 km] to the Northwest.

Pennsylvania

Butler County

Our profile page for Sunset, Butler County

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

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

Lebanon County

Our profile page for Sunset, Lebanon County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,114 miles [1,792.8 km] to the Northeast.

Washington County

Our profile page for Sunset, Washington County

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

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

South Carolina

Pickens County

Our profile page for Sunset, Pickens County   [Map]

Distance: About 623 miles [1,002.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Tennessee

Carter County

Our profile page for Sunset, Carter County   [Map]

Distance: About 694 miles [1,116.9 km] to the Northeast.

Grainger County

Our profile page for Sunset, Grainger County   [Map]

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

Pickett County

Our profile page for Sunset, Pickett County   [Map]

Distance: About 580 miles [933.4 km] to the Northeast.

Texas

Knox County

Our profile page for Sunset, Knox County   [Map]

Distance: About 494 miles [795 km] to the West Northwest.

Lubbock County

Our profile page for Sunset, Lubbock County

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

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

Montague County

Our profile page for Sunset, Montague County   [Map]

Distance: About 394 miles [634.1 km] to the Northwest.

Starr County

Our profile page for Sunset, Starr County   [Map]

Distance: About 506 miles [814.3 km] to the West Southwest.

Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Sunset, Davis County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,336 miles [2,150.1 km] to the Northwest.

Washington

Skagit County

Our profile page for Sunset, Skagit County   [Map]

Distance: About 2,022 miles [3,254.1 km] to the Northwest.

Walla Walla County

Our profile page for Sunset, Walla Walla County

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

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

Whitman County

Our profile page for Sunset, Whitman County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,775 miles [2,856.6 km] to the Northwest.

West Virginia

Pocahontas County

Our profile page for Sunset, Pocahontas County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 874 miles [1,406.6 km] to the Northeast.

Wisconsin

Marathon County

Our profile page for Sunset, Marathon County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,017 miles [1,636.7 km] to the North.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sunset ...

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.

Bushville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East of Sunset   [Map]

Frisbie (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Gecko   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Leonville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Peach Bloom   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Poplar Grove   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Robin   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Vatican   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [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 Sunset. 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.

Mary Alice Fontenot

Author. She was born in Eunice (Louisiana) on Saturday April 16, 1910 and died in Lafayette (Louisiana) on Monday May 12, 2003 at an age of 93. She was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Acadia Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Eunice [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the west of Sunset

Lafayette [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the south of Sunset

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Alice Fontenot<9>

Alton 'Rockin Dopsie' Rubin

Musician. He was born in Carencro (Louisiana) on Wednesday February 10, 1932 and died in Opelousas (Louisiana) on Thursday August 26, 1993 at an age of 61. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Lafayette Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Carencro [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the south of Sunset

Opelousas [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the north of Sunset

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alton 'Rockin Dopsie' Rubin

Rufus Thibodeaux

Musician. He was born in Ridge (Louisiana) on Friday January 5, 1934 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Saturday August 13, 2005 at an age of 71. He was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Davidson County, Tennessee) [Map].

Ridge [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Sunset

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rufus Thibodeaux

Buckwheat Zydeco     (Born as Stanley Dural, Jr.)

Musician. He was born in Lafayette (Louisiana) on Friday November 14, 1947 and died in Lafayette (Louisiana) on Saturday September 24, 2016 at an age of 68. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Lafayette Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Lafayette [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the south of Sunset

Lafayette [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the south of Sunset

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buckwheat Zydeco

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Saint Landry Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunset. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4083, Longitude: -92.0640     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunset 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 Sunset 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 316.593 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.257 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.937 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 Sunset, 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 Sunset 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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