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Thompsons Ferry, Louisiana
(La Salle Parish)

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The location of Thompsons Ferry

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Thompsons Ferry 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 Thompsons Ferry. 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 Thompsons Ferry.

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

The La Salle Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Thompsons Ferry is near Grant Parish and also Rapides Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Grant Parish

Sighting report for Rapides 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 Thompsons Ferry.

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

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

  • Jena [Map], which is the Seat of La Salle Parish, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Thompsons Ferry to Jena, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 105 miles [169 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 5 days and walking would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 997 miles [1,604.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 39 days and walking would take 57 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,873 miles [11,061 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 7,591 miles [12,216.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,466 miles [8,796.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Thompsons Ferry ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Thompsons Ferry.

Within Louisiana, there is just one other community named Thompsons Ferry. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 2 communities in the United States - with 3 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


Tate County

Our profile page for Thompsons Ferry, Tate County   [Map]

Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the North Northeast.

Warren County

Our profile page for Thompsons Ferry, Warren County   [Map]

Distance: About 87 miles [140 km] to the East Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Thompsons Ferry ...

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.

Bob   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast of Thompsons Ferry   [Map]

Breezy Hill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Eden   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Farmland   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Fellowship   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Magnolia   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Rogers   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Sand Spur   -   5 miles [8 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 Thompsons Ferry. 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 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Thompsons Ferry

Alexandria [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the south of Thompsons Ferry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Terry Alan Mathews<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Louisiana

About La Salle Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Thompsons Ferry. 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Thompsons Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thompsons Ferry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5766, Longitude: -92.3235     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thompsons Ferry 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 Thompsons Ferry 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 316.895 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.763 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.884 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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