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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Topsy 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 Topsy. 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 Topsy.

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 Topsy is near Calcasieu Parish and also Beauregard Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Calcasieu Parish

Sighting report for Beauregard 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 Topsy.

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

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

  • Jennings [Map], which is the Seat of Jefferson Davis Parish, lies 30 miles [48.3 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Topsy to Jennings, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just over a day.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 118 miles [189.9 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,082 miles [1,741.3 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 6,964 miles [11,207.5 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 5,555 miles [8,939.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Topsy ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Topsy.

While the name Topsy is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Louisiana

Kansas

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Topsy, Lincoln County

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

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

Missouri

Mercer County

Our profile page for Topsy, Mercer County   [Map]

Distance: About 686 miles [1,104 km] to the North.

North Carolina

Gates County

Our profile page for Topsy, Gates County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,024 miles [1,648 km] to the East Northeast.

Oklahoma

Delaware County

Our profile page for Topsy, Delaware County

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

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

Tennessee

Wayne County

Our profile page for Topsy, Wayne County   [Map]

Distance: About 467 miles [751.6 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Topsy ...

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.

Abbie Joe (Historic)   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest of Topsy   [Map]

Bridge Junction   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Chloe   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

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

Gordon   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Gravel Point   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Hecker   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Indian Village   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Iowa   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Mallard Junction   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Woodlawn   -   12 miles [19.3 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 Topsy. 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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the south of Topsy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elrey Borge Jeppesen<8>

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the south of Topsy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nellie Lutcher

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Louisiana Community

About Jefferson Davis Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Topsy. 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' (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- Topsy) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Topsy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4094, Longitude: -93.1224     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Topsy 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 Topsy 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 317.253 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.029 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.364 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 Topsy 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: findagrave.com.

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