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Teel, Louisiana

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The location of Teel

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Teel 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 Teel. 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 Teel.

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

The De Soto Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Teel is near Panola County and also Caddo Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Panola County

Sighting report for Caddo 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 Teel.

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

  • Mansfield [Map], which is the Seat of De Soto Parish, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Teel to Mansfield, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 205 miles [329.9 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,061 miles [1,707.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 42 days and walking would take 61 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,913 miles [11,125.4 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 7,638 miles [12,292.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • 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).<7>

Communities Also Named Teel ...

While the name Teel is unique within Louisiana, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Louisiana

New Mexico

Grant County

Our profile page for Teel, Grant County

This community is historic.

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Teel ...

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.

Centennial (TX)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North of Teel   [Map]

Deadwood (TX)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Fellowship (TX)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Four Forks   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Grand Cane   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Kickapoo   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Longstreet   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Stanley   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Wood Springs   -   7 miles [11.3 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 Teel. 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.

S.P. Leary

Musician. He was born in Carthage (Texas) on Friday June 6, 1930 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Monday January 26, 1998 at an age of 67. He was buried at Forest Home Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Carthage [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Teel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: S.P. Leary<8>

Tex Ritter     (Born as Woodward Maurice Ritter)

Singer, actor. He was born in Murvaul (Texas) on Thursday January 12, 1905 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Wednesday January 2, 1974 at an age of 69.

Murvaul [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Teel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tex Ritter

Arthur Carter 'Pinky' Whitney

Major League Baseball. He was born in San Antonio (Texas) on Monday January 2, 1905 and died in Center (Texas) on Tueday September 1, 1987 at an age of 82. He was buried at Mission Burial Park South (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

Center [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the south of Teel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Arthur Carter 'Pinky' Whitney

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Louisiana

About De Soto Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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 Teel, 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 '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- Teel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Teel. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1082, Longitude: -94.0252     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Teel 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 Teel 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 318.039 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.171 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.527 degrees.

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<8>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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