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Turps, Louisiana

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The location of Turps

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Turps 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 Turps. 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 Turps.

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

The Beauregard Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Turps is near Calcasieu Parish and also Jefferson Davis Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Calcasieu Parish

Sighting report for Jefferson Davis 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 Turps.

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

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

  • DeRidder [Map], which is the Seat of Beauregard Parish, lies 30 miles [48.3 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Turps to DeRidder, 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 123 miles [197.9 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 1,086 miles [1,747.7 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 6,967 miles [11,212.3 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 7,683 miles [12,364.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,558 miles [8,944.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Turps ...

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)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest of Turps   [Map]

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

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

Eastern Heights   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

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

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

Gravel Point   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Hecker   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

High School Park   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Indian Village   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Lake Charles   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Lockmoor   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Longville   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Mallard Junction   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Maplewood   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Mossville   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Rose Bluff   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [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 Turps. 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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the south of Turps

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 14 miles [22.5 km] to the south of Turps

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Nellie Lutcher

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Beauregard Parish

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Turps. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4183, Longitude: -93.2004     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Turps 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 Turps 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 317.304 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.089 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.395 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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