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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 Orion, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Orion 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 Orion:
    • 34.715377, -89.652028
    • 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 Orion
  • 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 Orion ...

We have found thirteen communities that share the name Orion.

Within Mississippi, the name Orion is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Pike County
      • This Orion is located in Pike County and lies 283 miles [455.4 km]<1> to the southeast of the Orion that is located in Marshall County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orion
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pike County community of Orion.
    • Alberta
      • This Orion lies 1,477 miles [2,377 km]<1> to the northwest of the Orion that is located in Marshall County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orion
    • Arkansas
      • Grant County
      • This Orion is located in Grant County and lies 148 miles [238.2 km]<1> to the west of the Orion that is located in Marshall County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orion
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Grant County community of Orion.
    • California
      • Kings County
      • This community is historic<2> and we have very little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the California community of Orion [Kings County].
    • Illinois
      • Henry County
      • This Orion is located in Henry County and lies 459 miles [738.7 km]<1> to the north of the Orion that is located in Marshall County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orion
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Henry County community of Orion.
    • Indiana
      • Kosciusko County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Indiana community of Orion [Kosciusko County].
    • Kansas
      • Cloud County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Orion [Cloud County].
      • Gove County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Kansas community of Orion [Gove County].
    • Minnesota
      • Olmsted County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<3> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Minnesota community of Orion [Olmsted County].
    • Nevada
      • Nye County
      • This community is historic<2> and although located in Nye County, we don't know where within the county.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Nye County community of Orion.
    • North Carolina
      • Ashe County
      • This Orion is located in Ashe County and lies 476 miles [766 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Orion that is located in Marshall County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orion
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Ashe County community of Orion.
    • Oklahoma
      • Major County
      • This Orion is located in Major County and lies 523 miles [841.7 km]<1> to the west northwest of the Orion that is located in Marshall County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orion
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Major County community of Orion.
    • Wisconsin
      • Richland County
      • This Orion is located in Richland County and lies 587 miles [944.7 km]<1> to the north of the Orion that is located in Marshall County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orion
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Richland County community of Orion.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Orion ...

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.

  • Coal Oil Corner [Marshall County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coal Oil Corner
    • Coal Oil Corner [Marshall County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Orion
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coal Oil Corner have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coal Oil Corner
  • Cockrum [DeSoto County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cockrum
    • Cockrum [DeSoto County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Orion
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cockrum have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cockrum
  • Crossroad [Tate County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crossroad
    • Crossroad [Tate County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Orion
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crossroad have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crossroad
  • Galena [Marshall County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Galena
    • Galena [Marshall County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Orion
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Galena have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Galena
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    • Holly Springs [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holly Springs
      • Holly Springs [Marshall County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Orion
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,798 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holly Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holly Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Holly Springs<5>
    • Independence [Tate County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Independence
      • Independence [Tate County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the west of Orion
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Independence have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Independence
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Independence<5>
    • Laws Hill [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laws Hill
      • Laws Hill [Marshall County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Orion
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laws Hill
    • Red Banks [Marshall County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Banks
      • Red Banks [Marshall County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Orion
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Banks have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Banks
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Red Banks<5>
    • Rockhill [Tate County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rockhill
      • Rockhill [Tate County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the west of Orion
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rockhill have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rockhill
    • Stonewall [DeSoto County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stonewall
      • Stonewall [DeSoto County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Orion
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stonewall have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stonewall

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 Orion. 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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    • J. Blackfoot     (Musician, singer)
      • Musician, singer. He was born in Greenville (Mississippi) on Wednesday November 20, 1946 and died in Germantown (Tennessee) on Wednesday November 30, 2011 at the age of 65.
      • Germantown is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Orion.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: J. Blackfoot<6>
    • Benjamin Joyce 'Benn' Karr     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Mount Pleasant (Mississippi) on Tueday November 28, 1893 and died in Memphis (Tennessee) on Sunday December 8, 1968 at the age of 75.
      • Mount Pleasant is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northeast of Orion.
      • Memphis is located 37 miles [59.5 km] to the northwest of Orion.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Benjamin Joyce 'Benn' Karr<6>
    • Charles Lea 'Charlie' Lea     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Orleans (France) on Tueday December 25, 1956 and died in Collierville (Tennessee) on Friday November 11, 2011 at the age of 54.
      • Collierville is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of Orion.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Lea 'Charlie' Lea<6>
    • Luther Perkins     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Como (Mississippi) on Sunday January 8, 1928 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Monday August 5, 1968 at the age of 40.
      • Como is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Orion.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Luther Perkins<6>
    • Rufus Thomas, Jr.     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Cayce (Mississippi) on Monday March 26, 1917 and died in Memphis (Tennessee) on Saturday December 15, 2001 at the age of 84. He is buried at New Park Cemetery (Shelby County, Tennessee).
      • Cayce is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the north of Orion.
      • Memphis is located 37 miles [59.5 km] to the northwest of Orion.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rufus Thomas, Jr.<6>

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Holly Springs, which is the Seat of Marshall County and lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Orion to Holly Springs, with an average speed<7> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
    • Jackson, which is the State Capital of Mississippi, lies 169 miles [272 km] to the south (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 754 miles [1,213.4 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 43 days.
    • The shortest distance<8> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,609 miles [10,636.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,331 miles [11,798.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<10>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,206 miles [8,378.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<11>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Mississippi

About Marshall County

About Mississippi

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Orion. 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Orion) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Orion. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7154, Longitude: -89.6520       In this case, the coordinates for Orion have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Orion, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<3>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 Orion 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.
<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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>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.
<8>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 Orion to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 315.508 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 311.571 degrees.
<11>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 311.235 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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