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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 Ophelia, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Ophelia 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 Ophelia:
    • 32.559028, -89.816745
    • 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 Ophelia
  • 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 Ophelia ...

We have found three communities that share the name Ophelia.

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

Beyond Mississippi, we know of another two communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Located In Mississippi ...
    • Marion 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 Ophelia [Marion County].
  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Virginia
      • Northumberland County
      • This Ophelia is located in Northumberland County and lies 846 miles [1,361.5 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Ophelia that is located in Rankin County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ophelia
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Northumberland County community of Ophelia.
    • West Virginia
      • Nicholas County
      • This community is historic<3> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the West Virginia community of Ophelia [Nicholas County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ophelia ...

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.

  • Branch [Scott County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Branch
    • Branch [Scott County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the southeast of Ophelia
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Branch
  • Eureka [Rankin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eureka
    • Eureka [Rankin County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Ophelia
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eureka have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eureka
  • Farmhaven [Madison County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Farmhaven
    • Farmhaven [Madison County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the north of Ophelia
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Farmhaven have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Farmhaven
  • Forkville [Scott County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forkville
    • Forkville [Scott County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Ophelia
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forkville have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forkville
  • Continue List   (7 more) ...
    • Forty [Rankin County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forty
      • Forty [Rankin County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Ophelia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forty have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Good Hope [Leake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Good Hope
      • Good Hope [Leake County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Ophelia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Good Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Good Hope
    • Havendale [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Havendale
      • Havendale [Madison County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the north of Ophelia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Havendale have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Havendale
    • Leesburg [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leesburg
      • Leesburg [Rankin County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the south of Ophelia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leesburg have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leesburg
    • Meeks Ferry [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meeks Ferry
      • Meeks Ferry [Madison County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the southwest of Ophelia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meeks Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meeks Ferry
    • Raytown [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Raytown
      • Raytown [Madison County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<2> to the north of Ophelia
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Raytown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Raytown
    • Sand Hill [Rankin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sand Hill
      • Sand Hill [Rankin County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Ophelia
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sand 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 Ophelia. 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.

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    • K.C. Douglas     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Sharon (Mississippi) on Friday November 21, 1913 and died in Berkeley (California) on Saturday October 18, 1975 at the age of 61. He is buried at Pleasant Green MB Church Cemetery (Madison County, Mississippi).
      • Sharon is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of Ophelia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: K.C. Douglas<5>
    • Willie Albert 'Al' Goodman     (Singer)
    • L.C. Greenwood     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Canton (Mississippi) on Sunday September 8, 1946 and died in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) on Sunday September 29, 2013 at the age of 67. He is buried at Priestley Chapel MB Church Cemetery (Madison County, Mississippi).
      • Canton is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Ophelia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: L.C. Greenwood<5>
    • 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 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Ophelia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Ann Mobley<5>
    • David Lee 'Deacon' Turner     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Jackson (Mississippi) on Sunday January 2, 1955 and died in Bakersfield (California) on Sunday July 10, 2011 at the age of 56. He is buried at Union Cemetery (Kern County, California).
      • Jackson is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Ophelia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: David Lee 'Deacon' Turner<5>
    • Deacon Turner     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Jackson (Mississippi) on Sunday January 2, 1955 and died in Bakersfield (California) on Sunday July 10, 2011 at the age of 56. He is buried at Union Cemetery (Kern County, California).
      • Jackson is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Ophelia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Deacon Turner<5>
    • Ernestine Wade     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Jackson (Mississippi) on Tueday August 7, 1906 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday April 15, 1983 at the age of 76. She is buried at Rosedale Cemetery (California).
      • Jackson is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Ophelia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ernestine Wade<5>
    • Biff Warren     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Jackson (Mississippi) on Friday December 9, 1955 and died in Madison (Mississippi) on Sunday September 26, 1993 at the age of 37. He is buried at Lakewood Memorial Park (Hinds County, Mississippi).
      • Jackson is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Ophelia.
      • Madison is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Ophelia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Biff Warren<5>
    • Eudora Welty     (Pultizer Prize winning author)
      • Pultizer Prize winning author. She was born in Jackson (Mississippi) on Tueday April 13, 1909 and died in Jackson (Mississippi) on Monday July 23, 2001 at the age of 92. She is buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Hinds County, Mississippi).
      • Jackson is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Ophelia.
      • Jackson is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Ophelia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eudora Welty<5>
    • Napoleon B. Whiting     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Canton (Mississippi) on Tueday September 21, 1909 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday October 22, 1984 at the age of 75. He is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Canton is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Ophelia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Napoleon B. Whiting<5>
    • John McKay Williams     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Jackson (Mississippi) on Saturday October 27, 1945 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Sunday July 8, 2012 at the age of 66. He is buried at Lakewood Cemetery (Hennepin County, Minnesota).
      • Jackson is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest of Ophelia.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: John McKay Williams<5>

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic community of Ophelia once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Ophelia and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Brandon, which is the Seat of Rankin County and lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the south southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Ophelia to Brandon, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day 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 27 miles [43.5 km] to the southwest (SW). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take just about two full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 838 miles [1,348.6 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 33 days and walking would take 48 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,722 miles [10,818 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,436 miles [11,967.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,312 miles [8,548.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Rankin County: www.rankincounty.org/

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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Ophelia 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- Ophelia) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ophelia. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5590, Longitude: -89.8167       In this case, the coordinates for Ophelia have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Ophelia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<4>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.
<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 Ophelia 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 315.437 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.197 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.702 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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