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Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Thornwell, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Thornwell and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Thornwell 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 Thornwell. 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 Thornwell.

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

The Jefferson Davis Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Thornwell is near Cameron Parish and also Calcasieu Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Cameron Parish

Sighting report for Calcasieu 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 Thornwell.

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

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

  • Jennings [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson Davis Parish, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Thornwell to Jennings, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 102 miles [164.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). 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 1,080 miles [1,738.1 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 43 days and walking would take 62 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,966 miles [11,210.7 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 7,680 miles [12,359.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,556 miles [8,941.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Thornwell ...

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.

Bell City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West of Thornwell   [Map]

Foremans Hall   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Illinois Plant   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Iowa   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Jennings   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Lake Arthur   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Morse   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Pine Island   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Riceville   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Silverwood   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Woodlawn   -   16 miles [25.7 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 Thornwell. 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.

Elrey Borge Jeppesen

Aviation pioneer. He was born in Lake Charles (Louisiana) on Monday January 28, 1907 and died in Cherry Hills Village (Colorado) on Tueday November 26, 1996 at an age of 89. He was buried at Fairmount Cemetery (Denver County, Colorado) [Map].

Lake Charles [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Thornwell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elrey Borge Jeppesen<7>

Nellie Lutcher

Musician. She was born in Lake Charles (Louisiana) on Tueday October 15, 1912 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday June 8, 2007 at an age of 94. She was buried at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery (California).

Lake Charles [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Thornwell

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nellie Lutcher

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Louisiana

About Jefferson Davis Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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- Thornwell) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thornwell. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.0985, Longitude: -92.7974     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thornwell 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 Thornwell 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 317.009 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.702 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.271 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: findagrave.com.

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