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

  • Weather ...
  • 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 Morriston:
    • 31.415727, -89.196170
    • 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 Morriston
  • 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 Morriston ...

We have found five communities that share the name Morriston.

There is one other community in Mississippi which is also named Morriston.

Beyond Mississippi, we know of another four communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these four communities, four are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Located In Mississippi ...
    • Perry County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Mississippi community of Morriston [Perry County].
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Baldwin County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Alabama community of Morriston [Baldwin County].
    • Arkansas
      • Fulton County
      • This Morriston is located in Fulton County and lies 366 miles [589 km]<2> to the north northwest of the Morriston that is located in Forrest County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morriston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fulton County community of Morriston.
    • Florida
      • Levy County
      • This Morriston is located in Levy County and lies 428 miles [688.8 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Morriston that is located in Forrest County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morriston
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Levy County community of Morriston.
    • Ontario
      • This Morriston lies 967 miles [1,556.2 km]<2> to the north northeast of the Morriston that is located in Forrest County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morriston

Curious and Interesting Names Near Morriston ...

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.

  • Carterville [Forrest County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carterville
    • Carterville [Forrest County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the southwest of Morriston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carterville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carterville
  • Dragon [Forrest County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dragon
    • Dragon [Forrest County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the southwest of Morriston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dragon have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dragon
  • Goodluck [Forrest County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goodluck
    • Goodluck [Forrest County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the south of Morriston
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goodluck
  • Harvey [Forrest County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harvey
    • Harvey [Forrest County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the southwest of Morriston
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harvey have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harvey
  • Continue List   (8 more) ...
    • Indian Springs [Perry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Indian Springs
      • Indian Springs [Perry County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the southeast of Morriston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Indian Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indian Springs
    • Jenkins Ferry [Forrest County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jenkins Ferry
      • Jenkins Ferry [Forrest County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the west of Morriston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jenkins Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jenkins Ferry
    • Leeville [Forrest County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leeville
      • Leeville [Forrest County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southwest of Morriston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leeville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leeville
    • Oak Grove [Jones County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oak Grove
      • Oak Grove [Jones County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the north of Morriston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oak Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oak Grove
    • Peoples Ferry [Forrest County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peoples Ferry
      • Peoples Ferry [Forrest County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the southwest of Morriston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peoples Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peoples Ferry
    • Petal [Forrest County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Petal
      • Petal [Forrest County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Morriston
      • Estimated population in 2019: 10,632 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Petal
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Petal<4>
    • Sunrise [Forrest County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunrise
      • Sunrise [Forrest County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the south of Morriston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunrise have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunrise
    • Union [Jones County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union
      • Union [Jones County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the north of Morriston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union

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 Morriston. 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 ...
    • Dorothy Dell     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Hattiesburg (Mississippi) on Saturday January 30, 1915 and died in Altadena (California) on Friday June 8, 1934 at the age of 19. She is buried at Metairie Cemetery (Orleans Parish, Louisiana).
      • Hattiesburg is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest of Morriston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dorothy Dell<5>
    • Tom Lester     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Laurel (Mississippi) on Friday September 23, 1938 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Monday April 20, 2020 at the age of 81.
      • Laurel is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the north of Morriston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tom Lester<5>
    • Charles Solomon 'Buddy' Myer     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Ellisville (Mississippi) on Wednesday March 16, 1904 and died in Baton Rouge (Louisiana) on Thursday October 31, 1974 at the age of 70. He is buried at Greenoaks Memorial Park (East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana).
      • Ellisville is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Morriston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Solomon 'Buddy' Myer<5>
    • Willie Carroll Townes     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Hattiesburg (Mississippi) on Wednesday July 21, 1943 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Saturday July 22, 2017 at the age of 74. He is buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas).
      • Hattiesburg is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the southwest of Morriston.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Carroll Townes<5>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Hattiesburg, which is the Seat of Forrest County and lies just to the Southwest.
    • Jackson, which is the State Capital of Mississippi, lies 84 miles [135.2 km]<2> to the northwest (NW). If you could drive a straight line from Morriston to Jackson, with an average speed<6>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 857 miles [1,379.2 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 49 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,753 miles [10,867.9 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,460 miles [12,005.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,337 miles [8,589.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Forrest County: www.co.forrest.ms.us/

The official website for State of Mississippi: https://www.ms.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Morriston 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 county. 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.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Morriston) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Morriston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4157, Longitude: -89.1962       In this case, the coordinates for Morriston have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>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.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>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.
<6>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.
<7>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 Morriston to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 314.951 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.478 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.648 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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