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The location of Thomas









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Thomas 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 Thomas. 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 Thomas.

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

The Rapides Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Thomas is near Grant Parish and also La Salle Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Grant Parish

Sighting report for La Salle 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 Thomas.

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

  • Alexandria [Map], which is the Seat of Rapides Parish, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Thomas to Alexandria, with an average speed<3> 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 98 miles [157.7 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,005 miles [1,617.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 58 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,882 miles [11,075.5 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 7,599 miles [12,229.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,475 miles [8,811.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Thomas ...

We have found 37 communities that share the name Thomas.

Within Louisiana, there are 2 communities which are also named Thomas. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 35 communities in the United States and Canada - with 36 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Louisiana

Communities outside of Louisiana


Other Communities Located In Louisiana

Bienville Parish

Our profile page for Thomas, Bienville Parish   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 86 miles [138.4 km] to the Northwest.

Washington Parish

Our profile page for Thomas, Washington Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 140 miles [225.3 km] to the East Southeast.


Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Alabama

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Thomas, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 351 miles [564.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Arkansas

Prairie County

Our profile page for Thomas, Prairie County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 236 miles [379.8 km] to the North.

Georgia

Burke County

Our profile page for Thomas, Burke County

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

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

Idaho

Bingham County

Our profile page for Thomas, Bingham County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,367 miles [2,200 km] to the Northwest.

Illinois

Bureau County

Our profile page for Thomas, Bureau County   [Map]

Distance: About 711 miles [1,144.2 km] to the North.

Vermilion County

Our profile page for Thomas, Vermilion County   [Map]

Distance: About 670 miles [1,078.3 km] to the North Northeast.

Indiana

Davies's County

Our profile page for Thomas, Davies's County   [Map]

Distance: About 575 miles [925.4 km] to the North Northeast.

Warren County

Our profile page for Thomas, Warren County

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

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

Kansas

Barton County

Our profile page for Thomas, Barton County

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

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

Ellsworth County

Our profile page for Thomas, Ellsworth County

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

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

Marshall County

Our profile page for Thomas, Marshall County

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

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

Kentucky

Boyd County

Our profile page for Thomas, Boyd County

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

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

Estill County

Our profile page for Thomas, Estill County   [Map]

Distance: About 638 miles [1,026.8 km] to the Northeast.

Floyd County

Our profile page for Thomas, Floyd County   [Map]

Distance: About 703 miles [1,131.4 km] to the Northeast.

Pike County

Our profile page for Thomas, Pike County

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

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

Maryland

Dorchester County

Our profile page for Thomas, Dorchester County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,032 miles [1,660.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Michigan

Oakland County

Our profile page for Thomas, Oakland County   [Map]

Distance: About 934 miles [1,503.1 km] to the North Northeast.

Tuscola County

Our profile page for Thomas, Tuscola County   [Map]

Distance: About 974 miles [1,567.5 km] to the North Northeast.

Van Buren County

Our profile page for Thomas, Van Buren County

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

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

Missouri

Harrison County

Our profile page for Thomas, Harrison County

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

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

New Hampshire

Cheshire County

Our profile page for Thomas, Cheshire County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,359 miles [2,187.1 km] to the Northeast.

New Mexico

Union County

Our profile page for Thomas, Union County   [Map]

Distance: About 710 miles [1,142.6 km] to the West Northwest.

Oklahoma

Custer County

Our profile page for Thomas, Custer County   [Map]

Distance: About 474 miles [762.8 km] to the Northwest.

Pennsylvania

Washington County

Our profile page for Thomas, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 916 miles [1,474.2 km] to the Northeast.

Quebec

Our profile page for Thomas   [Map]

Distance: About 1,496 miles [2,407.6 km] to the Northeast.

South Dakota

Hamlin County

Our profile page for Thomas, Hamlin County   [Map]

Distance: About 958 miles [1,541.8 km] to the North Northwest.

Tennessee

Putnam County

Our profile page for Thomas, Putnam County   [Map]

Distance: About 502 miles [807.9 km] to the Northeast.

Texas

Panola County

Our profile page for Thomas, Panola County

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

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

Rockwall County

Our profile page for Thomas, Rockwall County

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

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

Upshur County

Our profile page for Thomas, Upshur County   [Map]

Distance: About 188 miles [302.6 km] to the West Northwest.

Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Thomas, Davis County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,268 miles [2,040.6 km] to the Northwest.

Virginia

Buchanan County

Our profile page for Thomas, Buchanan County   [Map]

Distance: About 709 miles [1,141 km] to the Northeast.

Washington

King County

Our profile page for Thomas, King County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,918 miles [3,086.7 km] to the Northwest.

Walla Walla County

Our profile page for Thomas, Walla Walla County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,705 miles [2,743.9 km] to the Northwest.

West Virginia

Tucker County

Our profile page for Thomas, Tucker County   [Map]

Distance: About 898 miles [1,445.2 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Thomas ...

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.

Ball   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West of Thomas   [Map]

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

Fishville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Green Gables   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Kingsville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lee Heights   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Paradise   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Pollock   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Prospect   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Shady Oaks   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Timber Trails   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [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 Thomas. 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.

Terry Alan Mathews

Major League Baseball. He was born in Alexandria (Louisiana) on Monday October 5, 1964 and died in Alexandria (Louisiana) on Friday February 24, 2012 at an age of 47. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Rapides Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Alexandria [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest of Thomas

Alexandria [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southwest of Thomas

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Terry Alan Mathews<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Louisiana

About Rapides Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Rapides Parish: www.rppj.com/

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

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 Thomas, 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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Thomas) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thomas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4093, Longitude: -92.3476     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thomas 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 Thomas 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 316.891 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.736 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.917 degrees.

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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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Thomas 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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