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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Taft 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 Taft. 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 Taft.

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

The Saint Charles Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Taft is near Saint John the Baptist Parish and also Jefferson Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Saint John the Baptist Parish

Sighting report for Jefferson 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 Taft.

How Far From Taft to ...

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

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

  • Hahnville [Map], which is the Seat of Saint Charles Parish, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 51 miles [82.1 km] to the Northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Taft 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 most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 978 miles [1,573.9 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 39 days and walking would take 56 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,875 miles [11,064.2 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 7,581 miles [12,200.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,458 miles [8,783.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Taft ...

We have found 22 communities that share the name Taft.

While the name Taft is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 22 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Alabama

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Taft, Cherokee County   [Map]

Distance: About 411 miles [661.4 km] to the Northeast.

British Columbia

Our profile page for Taft   [Map]

Distance: About 2,048 miles [3,295.9 km] to the Northwest.

California

Kern County

Our profile page for Taft, Kern County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,718 miles [2,764.9 km] to the West Northwest.

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Taft, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 515 miles [828.8 km] to the East Southeast.

Orange County

Our profile page for Taft, Orange County   [Map]

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

Illinois

Cook County

Our profile page for Taft, Cook County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

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

Kansas

Scott County

Our profile page for Taft, Scott County

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

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

Kentucky

Owsley County

Our profile page for Taft, Owsley County   [Map]

Distance: About 639 miles [1,028.4 km] to the Northeast.

Michigan

Iosco County

Our profile page for Taft, Iosco County

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

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

Minnesota

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Taft, Saint Louis County   [Map]

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

Missouri

Butler County

Our profile page for Taft, Butler County   [Map]

Distance: About 458 miles [737.1 km] to the North.

Montana

Mineral County

Our profile page for Taft, Mineral County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,797 miles [2,892 km] to the Northwest.

Nevada

White Pine County

Our profile page for Taft, White Pine County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 1,503 miles [2,418.8 km] to the West Northwest.

New Mexico

DeBaca County

Our profile page for Taft, DeBaca County

This community is historic.

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

North Dakota

Traill County

Our profile page for Taft, Traill County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,256 miles [2,021.3 km] to the North Northwest.

Ohio

Hamilton County

Our profile page for Taft, Hamilton County

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

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

Oklahoma

Muskogee County

Our profile page for Taft, Muskogee County   [Map]

Distance: About 495 miles [796.6 km] to the Northwest.

Oregon

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Taft, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 2,088 miles [3,360.3 km] to the Northwest.

South Carolina

Williamsburg County

Our profile page for Taft, Williamsburg County   [Map]

Distance: About 671 miles [1,079.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Tennessee

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Taft, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 409 miles [658.2 km] to the North Northeast.

Texas

San Patricio County

Our profile page for Taft, San Patricio County   [Map]

Distance: About 441 miles [709.7 km] to the West Southwest.

Virginia

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Taft, Lancaster County   [Map]

Distance: About 962 miles [1,548.2 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Taft ...

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.

Cornland   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest of Taft   [Map]

Flagville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Good Hope   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]

Gypsy   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Lone Star   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lucy   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pecan Grove (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Prospect   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Sellers   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Tigerville   -   6 miles [9.7 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 Taft. 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.

Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong     (Louis Daniel Armstrong)

Trumpeter, composer, singer, actor. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Sunday August 4, 1901 and died in Corona (New York) on Tueday July 6, 1971 at an age of 69. He was buried at Flushing Cemetery (Queens County, New York) [Map].

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong<9>

Percy Barbat     (Percy Dewitt Barbat)

Actor. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Tueday May 23, 1882 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Sunday June 20, 1965 at an age of 83.

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Percy Barbat

Henry John 'Zeke' Bonura

Major League Baseball. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Sunday September 20, 1908 and died in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Monday March 9, 1987 at an age of 78. He was buried at Metairie Cemetery (Orleans Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Henry John 'Zeke' Bonura

Roy Brown

Musician. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Friday September 10, 1920 and died in Pacoima (California) on Monday May 25, 1981 at an age of 60. He was buried at Eternal Valley Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Roy Brown

Sam Butera

Musician. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Wednesday August 17, 1927 and died in Las Vegas (Nevada) on Wednesday June 3, 2009 at an age of 81. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Orleans Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Sam Butera

Ralph Joseph 'Putsy' Caballero

Professional baseball. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Saturday November 5, 1927 and died in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Thursday December 8, 2016 at an age of 89. He was buried at Metairie Cemetery (Orleans Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ralph Joseph 'Putsy' Caballero

Candy Candido

Actor. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Thursday December 25, 1913 and died in Burbank (California) on Wednesday May 19, 1999 at an age of 85. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Candy Candido

Truman Capote     (Truman Garcia Capote)

Author. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Tueday September 30, 1924 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday August 25, 1984 at an age of 59. He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Truman Capote

Dolly Davenport     (Born as Adolphus Davenport Hoyt)

Actor. He was born in Stamford (Connecticut) on Monday August 4, 1828 and died in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Thursday October 23, 1873 at an age of 45. He was buried at Green - Wood Cemetery (Kings County, New York) [Map].

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dolly Davenport

Jefferson Davis     (Jefferson Finis Davis)

President of the Confederate States of America. He was born in Fairview (Kentucky) on Friday June 3, 1808 and died in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Friday December 6, 1889 at an age of 81. He was buried at Metairie Cemetery (Orleans Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jefferson Davis

Fats Domino     (Born as Antoine Caliste Domino)

Singer, musician, songwriter. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Sunday February 26, 1928 and died in Harvey (Louisiana) on Tueday October 24, 2017 at an age of 89. He was buried at Providence Memorial Park (Jefferson Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Harvey [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Fats Domino

Louis George 'L.G.' Dupre

Professional football. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Saturday September 10, 1932 and died in Texas City (Texas) on Thursday August 9, 2001 at an age of 68. He was buried at Forest Park East Cemetery (Harris County, Texas) [Map].

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Louis George 'L.G.' Dupre

Edwin 'Eddie' Edwards

Musician. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Friday May 22, 1891 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday April 9, 1963 at an age of 71. He was buried at Metairie Cemetery (Orleans Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

New Orleans [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the east of Taft

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edwin 'Eddie' Edwards

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Louisiana Community

About Saint Charles Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Charles Parish: www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Taft) 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 Taft. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Taft

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Taft. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.9913, Longitude: -90.4481     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Taft 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 Taft 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 315.554 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.988 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.358 degrees.

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<7>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 Taft 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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<8>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 Taft, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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