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Tensas, Louisiana
(Tensas Parish)

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The location of Tensas

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Tensas 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 Tensas. 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 Tensas.

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

The Tensas Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Tensas is near Claiborne County and also Warren County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Claiborne County

Sighting report for Warren County

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 Tensas.

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

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

  • Saint Joseph [Map], which is the Seat of Tensas Parish, lies just to the South.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 110 miles [177 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Tensas to Baton Rouge, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 927 miles [1,491.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 37 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,806 miles [10,953.2 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 7,522 miles [12,105.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,397 miles [8,685.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Tensas ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Tensas.

Within Louisiana, there is just one other community named Tensas. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 1 communities in the United States - with 2 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Louisiana

Communities outside of Louisiana

Communities Outside of Louisiana


Baldwin County

Our profile page for Tensas, Baldwin County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Tensas ...

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.

Crimea   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest of Tensas   [Map]

Dearborn   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Ferry Newlight Landing   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Grand Gulf (MS)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Hopewell Landing   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Hurricane (MS)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Justina   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lake Bruin   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Maryland   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Mayflower   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Newlight   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Pecan Landing   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Shady Grove   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Wildcat   -   8 miles [12.9 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 Tensas. 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.

Bob Howard

Professional football. He was born in Tallulah (Louisiana) on Friday November 24, 1944 and died in San Diego (California) on Monday April 7, 2008 at an age of 63. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (San Diego County, California) [Map].

Tallulah [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Tensas

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bob Howard<8>

Irwin Russel

Poet. He was born in Port Gibson (Mississippi) on Thursday June 3, 1852 and died in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Tueday December 23, 1879 at an age of 27. He was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Port Gibson [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the east of Tensas

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Irwin Russel

Irwin Russell

Poet. He was born in Port Gibson (Mississippi) on Friday June 3, 1853 and died in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Tueday December 23, 1879 at an age of 26. He was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Port Gibson [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the east of Tensas

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Irwin Russell

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Tensas Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Tensas. 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Tensas) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tensas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0502, Longitude: -91.2504     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tensas 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 Tensas 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 316.275 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.104 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.372 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 Tensas 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>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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