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Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks 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 this GPS location for Merit:
    • 31.927936, -89.908690
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Merit
  • 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:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Merit ...

We have found one communities that share the name Merit.

Within Mississippi, the name Merit is unique.

Beyond Mississippi, there is another community also named Merit in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Texas
      • Hunt County
      • This Merit is located in Hunt County and lies 381 miles [613.2 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Merit that is located in Simpson County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merit
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hunt County community of Merit.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Merit ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Bush [Simpson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bush
    • Bush [Simpson County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Merit
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bush have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bush
  • Cyclone [Simpson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cyclone
    • Cyclone [Simpson County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Merit
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cyclone have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cyclone
  • Everett [Simpson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Everett
    • Everett [Simpson County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Merit
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Everett have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Everett
  • George [Rankin County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for George
    • George [Rankin County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for George have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Gum Springs [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gum Springs
      • Gum Springs [Simpson County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gum Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gum Springs
    • Joe [Rankin County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Joe
      • Joe [Rankin County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Merit
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Joe have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Magee [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Magee
      • Magee [Simpson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,094 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Magee have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Magee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Magee<3>
    • Martinville [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martinville
      • Martinville [Simpson County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martinville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martinville
    • Piney Woods [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piney Woods
      • Piney Woods [Rankin County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Piney Woods have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piney Woods
    • Sanatorium [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sanatorium
      • Sanatorium [Simpson County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanatorium
    • Shivers [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shivers
      • Shivers [Simpson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Merit
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shivers
    • Touchstone [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Touchstone
      • Touchstone [Simpson County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Merit
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Touchstone have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Touchstone
    • Union [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union
      • Union [Simpson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Merit
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union
    • Zion Hill [Simpson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zion Hill
      • Zion Hill [Simpson County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Merit
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Zion Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zion Hill

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 Merit. 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.

  • View Our List ...
    • Roscoe Ates     (Actor, comedian, musician)
      • Actor, comedian, musician. He was born in Grange (Mississippi) on Sunday January 20, 1895 and died in Hollywood (California) on Thursday March 1, 1962 at the age of 67. He is buried at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Grange is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the south of Merit.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Roscoe Ates<4>
    • Robert Johnson     (Musician, songwriter)
      • Musician, songwriter. He was born in Hazlehurst (Mississippi) on Monday May 8, 1911 and died in Greenwood (Mississippi) on Tueday August 16, 1938 at the age of 27. He is buried at Little Zion MB Church Cemetery (Leflore County, Mississippi).
      • Hazlehurst is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the west of Merit.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Johnson<4>
    • Mary Ann Mobley     (Miss America (1959), actress)
      • Miss America (1959), actress. She was born in Brandon (Mississippi) on Wednesday February 17, 1937 and died in Beverly Hills (California) on Tueday December 9, 2014 at the age of 77.
      • Brandon is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Merit.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Ann Mobley<4>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Merit and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Mendenhall, which is the Seat of Simpson County and lies just to the Northeast.
    • Jackson, which is the State Capital of Mississippi, lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north northwest (NNW). If you could walk a straight line from Merit to Jackson, with an average speed<5> 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.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 868 miles [1,396.9 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of two days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 50 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,757 miles [10,874.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,469 miles [12,020.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,345 miles [8,601.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Mississippi: https://www.ms.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- Merit) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Merit. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9279, Longitude: -89.9087       In this case, the coordinates for Merit have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Merit to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 315.434 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.109 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.846 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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