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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 Old Americus, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Old Americus 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 Old Americus:
    • 30.709358, -88.595855
    • 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 Old Americus
  • 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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Old Americus ...

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.

  • Big Point [Jackson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Point
    • Big Point [Jackson County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Old Americus
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Point
  • Dean Landing [George County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dean Landing
    • Dean Landing [George County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Old Americus
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dean Landing have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dean Landing
  • Graham Ferry [Jackson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Graham Ferry
    • Graham Ferry [Jackson County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Old Americus
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Graham Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Graham Ferry
  • Holders Ferry [Jackson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holders Ferry
    • Holders Ferry [Jackson County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Old Americus
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holders Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holders Ferry
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    • Holly Landing [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holly Landing
      • Holly Landing [Jackson County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Old Americus
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holly Landing have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holly Landing
    • Popetown [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Popetown
      • Popetown [Jackson County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Old Americus
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Popetown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Popetown
    • Tanners Ferry [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tanners Ferry
      • Tanners Ferry [Jackson County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Old Americus
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tanners Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tanners Ferry
    • Three Rivers [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Three Rivers
      • Three Rivers [Jackson County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Old Americus
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Three Rivers have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Three Rivers
    • Waters Landing [George County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waters Landing
      • Waters Landing [George County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Old Americus
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Waters Landing have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waters Landing

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 Old Americus. 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 ...
    • Gary Collins     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Venice (California) on Saturday April 30, 1938 and died in Biloxi (Mississippi) on Saturday October 13, 2012 at the age of 74.
      • Biloxi is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Old Americus.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Collins<3>
    • Calvin Robert 'Cal' Ellison     (Actor)
    • Margaret Taylor     (Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Zachary Taylor (1849 - 1850))
      • Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Zachary Taylor (1849 - 1850). She was born in Calvert County on Sunday September 21, 1788 and died in Pascagoula (Mississippi) on Saturday August 14, 1852 at the age of 63. She is buried at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery (Jefferson County, Kentucky).
      • Pascagoula is located 23 miles [37 km] to the south of Old Americus.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Margaret Taylor<3>
    • John Kennedy Toole     (Author)
      • Author. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Friday December 17, 1937 and died in Biloxi (Mississippi) on Wednesday March 26, 1969 at the age of 31. He is buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Orleans Parish, Louisiana).
      • Biloxi is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Old Americus.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Kennedy Toole<3>
    • Harry William 'Harry the Hat' Walker     (Major League Baseball)

How Far From Old Americus to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Old Americus to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Pascagoula, which is the Seat of Jackson County and lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the south. If you could walk a straight line from Old Americus to Pascagoula, with an average speed<4> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just about two full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
    • Jackson, which is the State Capital of Mississippi, lies 144 miles [231.7 km] to the northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 864 miles [1,390.5 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<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,762 miles [10,882.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,465 miles [12,013.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,343 miles [8,598.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Mississippi

About Jackson County

About Mississippi

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Jackson County: www.co.jackson.ms.us/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Old Americus. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.7094, Longitude: -88.5959       In this case, the coordinates for Old Americus 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>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.
<4>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.
<5>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 Old Americus to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 314.522 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 309.884 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.534 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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