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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 Ora, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Ora 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 Ora:
    • 31.657665, -89.574514
    • 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 Ora
  • 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 Ora ...

We have found twelve communities that share the name Ora.

Within Mississippi, the name Ora is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Lawrence 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 Ora [Lawrence County].
    • California
      • Fresno County
      • This Ora is located in Fresno County and lies 1,781 miles [2,866.2 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Ora that is located in Covington County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ora
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fresno County community of Ora.
    • Idaho
      • Fremont County
      • This Ora is located in Fremont County and lies 1,465 miles [2,357.7 km]<2> to the northwest of the Ora that is located in Covington County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ora
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fremont County community of Ora.
    • Illinois
      • Jackson 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 Illinois community of Ora [Jackson County].
    • Indiana
      • Starke County
      • This Ora is located in Starke County and lies 678 miles [1,091.1 km]<2> to the north northeast of the Ora that is located in Covington County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ora
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Starke County community of Ora.
    • Nevada
      • Washoe County
      • This community is historic<3> and although located in Washoe County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Washoe County community of Ora.
    • North Carolina
      • Cleveland County
      • This Ora is located in Cleveland County and lies 524 miles [843.3 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Ora that is located in Covington County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ora
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cleveland County community of Ora.
      • Sampson 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 North Carolina community of Ora [Sampson County].
    • South Carolina
      • Laurens County
      • This Ora is located in Laurens County and lies 482 miles [775.7 km]<2> to the east northeast of the Ora that is located in Covington County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ora
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Laurens County community of Ora.
    • Tennessee
      • Bradley 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 Tennessee community of Ora [Bradley County].
    • Texas
      • Angelina County
      • This Ora is located in Angelina County and lies 287 miles [461.9 km]<2> to the west of the Ora that is located in Covington County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ora
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Angelina County community of Ora.
    • Virginia
      • Washington 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 Virginia community of Ora [Washington County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ora ...

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.

  • Cold Springs [Covington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cold Springs
    • Cold Springs [Covington County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Ora
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cold Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cold Springs
  • Friendship [Covington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Friendship
    • Friendship [Covington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the west of Ora
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Friendship have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Friendship
  • Hopewell [Covington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hopewell
    • Hopewell [Covington County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the northeast of Ora
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hopewell have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hopewell
  • Liberty [Covington County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Liberty
    • Liberty [Covington County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the south of Ora
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Liberty have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Liberty
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    • Mount Horeb [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Horeb
      • Mount Horeb [Covington County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the south of Ora
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Horeb have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Horeb
    • Mount Pleasant [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Pleasant
      • Mount Pleasant [Covington County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the west of Ora
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Pleasant have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Pleasant
    • Providence [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Providence
      • Providence [Covington County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the east of Ora
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Providence have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Providence
    • Rock Hill [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rock Hill
      • Rock Hill [Covington County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the northwest of Ora
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rock Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rock Hill
    • Speedtown [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Speedtown
      • Speedtown [Covington County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the east of Ora
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Speedtown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Speedtown
    • Station Creek [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Station Creek
      • Station Creek [Covington County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<2> to the east of Ora
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Station Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Station Creek
    • Sunset [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sunset
      • Sunset [Covington County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the west of Ora
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sunset have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sunset
    • Union [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union
      • Union [Covington County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<2> to the northeast of Ora
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Union have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union
    • Willowtown [Covington County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willowtown
      • Willowtown [Covington County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<2> to the east of Ora
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willowtown have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Willowtown

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 Ora. 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 24 miles [38.6 km] to the west of Ora.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Roscoe Ates<5>
    • 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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Ora.
      • 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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Ora.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tom Lester<5>
    • Charles Solomon 'Buddy' Myer     (Major League Baseball)
    • 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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Ora.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Carroll Townes<5>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Collins, which is the Seat of Covington County and lies just to the South Southeast.
    • Jackson, which is the State Capital of Mississippi, lies 56 miles [90.1 km]<2> to the northwest (NW). If you could walk a straight line from Ora to Jackson, with an average speed<6> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 864 miles [1,390.5 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 49 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,756 miles [10,872.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,466 miles [12,015.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,343 miles [8,598.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Mississippi

About Covington County

About Mississippi

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 Ora 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ora) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ora. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6577, Longitude: -89.5745       In this case, the coordinates for Ora 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 Ora, 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 Ora 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 315.204 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.805 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.757 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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