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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Tupelo.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Tupelo to:

  • Jackson [Map], which is the State Capital of Mississippi, lies 159 miles [255.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Tupelo to Jackson, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 9 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 721 miles [1,160.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 29 days and walking would take 41 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,594 miles [10,612 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,311 miles [11,765.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,187 miles [8,347.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Tupelo ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Tupelo.

While the name Tupelo is unique within Mississippi, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Mississippi


Jackson County

Our profile page for Tupelo, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 153 miles [246.2 km] to the East Northeast


Jackson County

Our profile page for Tupelo, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 162 miles [260.7 km] to the West Northwest


Coal County

Our profile page for Tupelo, Coal County   [Map]
Distance: About 439 miles [706.5 km] to the West


Navarro County

Our profile page for Tupelo, Navarro County   [Map]
Distance: About 467 miles [751.6 km] to the West Southwest

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Tupelo ...

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 talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Flowerdale   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest of Tupelo   [Map]
Green Acres   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Harrisburg Heights   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Lakeview   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]
Meadowview   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Pinecrest   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Priceville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Rebecca Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]
Terrace Park   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Traceland   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Tracewood   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Wildwood   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

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 Tupelo. 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.

Delaney Bramlett
  Musician, songwriter. He was born in Pontotoc (Mississippi) on Saturday July 1, 1939 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday December 27, 2008 at an age of 69. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Pontotoc [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the west of Tupelo

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Delaney Bramlett<7>
Guy Terrell Bush
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Aberdeen (Mississippi) on Friday August 23, 1901 and died in Shannon (Mississippi) on Tueday July 2, 1985 at an age of 83. He was buried at Shannon Cemetery (Lee County, Mississippi) [Map].

Aberdeen [Map] is located 31 miles [49.9 km] to the south of Tupelo

Shannon [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the south of Tupelo

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Guy Terrell Bush

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Tupelo. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Tupelo

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tupelo. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.2572, Longitude: -88.7156     [Map].

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<2>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.

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<3>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 Tupelo to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 314.892 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 310.795 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.929 degrees.

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<7>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:

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