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Swords, Louisiana

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The location of Swords

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Swords 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 Swords. 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 Swords.

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 Swords is near Acadia Parish and also Evangeline Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Acadia Parish

Sighting report for Evangeline 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 Swords.

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

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

  • Opelousas [Map], which is the Seat of Saint Landry Parish, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East. If you could walk a straight line from Swords to Opelousas, 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 67 miles [107.8 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,038 miles [1,670.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving 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 6,924 miles [11,143.1 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 7,638 miles [12,292.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,513 miles [8,872.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Swords ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Swords.

While the name Swords is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Louisiana


Morgan County

Our profile page for Swords, Morgan County   [Map]

Distance: About 564 miles [907.7 km] to the East Northeast.


Our profile page for Swords   [Map]

Distance: About 1,226 miles [1,973.1 km] to the North Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Swords ...

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.

Branch   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South of Swords   [Map]

Grand Prairie   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Judd   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lewisburg   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Peach Bloom   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Point Blue   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Richard   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Sunset   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast   [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 Swords. 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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the west of Swords

Lafayette [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Swords

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Alice Fontenot<7>

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 18 miles [29 km] to the southeast of Swords

Opelousas [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the east of Swords

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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Swords

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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Swords

Lafayette [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast of Swords

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buckwheat Zydeco

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Louisiana

About Saint Landry Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Swords. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Swords) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swords. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.5127, Longitude: -92.2623     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swords 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 Swords 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 316.729 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.429 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.003 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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