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The location of Transylvania









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Transylvania 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 Transylvania. 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 Transylvania.

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

The East Carroll Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Transylvania is near Issaquena County and also Madison Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Issaquena County

Sighting report for Madison 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 Transylvania.

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

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

  • Lake Providence [Map], which is the Seat of East Carroll Parish, lies just to the North.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 153 miles [246.2 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Transylvania to Baton Rouge, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 899 miles [1,446.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 36 days and walking would take 51 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,772 miles [10,898.5 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 7,490 miles [12,054 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,365 miles [8,634.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Transylvania ...

While the name Transylvania is unique within Louisiana, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Louisiana

Kentucky

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Transylvania, Jefferson County

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

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Transylvania ...

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.

Bowie   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest of Transylvania   [Map]

Brunett (Historic)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Cottonwood   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Eagle Bend (MS)   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Floyd   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Floyd Landing   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Forest   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Greenfield   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Highland   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Hollybrook   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Lake Providence   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Onward (MS)   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Peelers (MS)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Pioneer   -   15 miles [24.1 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 Transylvania. 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 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Transylvania

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bob Howard<8>

Curt Motton

Major League Baseball. He was born in Darnell (Louisiana) on Tueday September 24, 1940 and died in Parkton (Maryland) on Thursday January 21, 2010 at an age of 69. He was buried at Druid Ridge Cemetery (Baltimore County, Maryland) [Map].

Darnell [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Transylvania

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Curt Motton

Muddy Waters     (Born as McKinley Morganfield)

Musician. He was born in Rolling Fork (Mississippi) on Friday April 4, 1913 and died in Westmont (Illinois) on Saturday April 30, 1983 at an age of 70. He was buried at Restvale Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Rolling Fork [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Transylvania

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Muddy Waters

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Louisiana

About East Carroll Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Transylvania. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Transylvania

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Transylvania. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6785, Longitude: -91.1826     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Transylvania 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 Transylvania 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 316.297 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.212 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.245 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 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 Transylvania 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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