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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 Laurens, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Laurens 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 Laurens:
    • 34.498814, -82.014775
    • 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 Laurens
  • 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 Laurens ...

We have found two communities that share the name Laurens.

Within South Carolina, the name Laurens is unique.

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

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Iowa
      • Pocahontas County
      • This Laurens is located in Pocahontas County and lies 898 miles [1,445.2 km]<1> to the northwest of the Laurens that is located in Laurens County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pocahontas County community of Laurens.
    • New York
      • Otsego County
      • This Laurens is located in Otsego County and lies 668 miles [1,075 km]<1> to the north northeast of the Laurens that is located in Laurens County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurens
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Otsego County community of Laurens.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Laurens ...

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 Point [Laurens County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cold Point
    • Cold Point [Laurens County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cold Point
  • Doubling [Laurens County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Doubling
    • Doubling [Laurens County] was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Doubling have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Edens [Laurens County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edens
    • Edens [Laurens County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edens have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Gray Court [Laurens County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gray Court
    • Gray Court [Laurens County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 826 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gray Court
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gray Court<3>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Hickory Tavern [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hickory Tavern
      • Hickory Tavern [Laurens County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the west of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hickory Tavern have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hickory Tavern
    • Lisbon [Laurens County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lisbon
      • Lisbon [Laurens County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lisbon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Long Branch [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Long Branch
      • Long Branch [Laurens County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Long Branch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long Branch
    • Lydia Mills [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lydia Mills
      • Lydia Mills [Laurens County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lydia Mills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lydia Mills
    • Martin Crossroads [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Martin Crossroads
      • Martin Crossroads [Laurens County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martin Crossroads have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martin Crossroads
    • Smallwood [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Smallwood
      • Smallwood [Laurens County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Smallwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Smallwood

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 Laurens. 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 ...
    • Pinkne 'Pink' Anderson     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Laurens on February 12, 1900 (a Monday) and died in Spartanburg (SC) on October 12, 1974 (a Saturday) at the age of 74.
      • Spartanburg is located 31 miles [49.9 km] to the north of Laurens.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pinkne 'Pink' Anderson<4>
    • Toy T. Caldwell, Jr.     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Spartanburg (SC) on November 13, 1947 (a Thursday) and died in Moore (SC) on February 25, 1993 (a Thursday) at the age of 45. He is buried at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens (Spartanburg County, South Carolina).
      • Spartanburg is located 31 miles [49.9 km] to the north of Laurens.
      • Moore is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Laurens.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Toy T. Caldwell, Jr.<4>
    • Reverend Gary D. 'Blind Gary' Davis     (Musician)
    • Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays     (Social activist, educator)
    • Donald Wesley Reno     (Musician)

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

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Columbia, which is the State Capital of South Carolina, lies 65 miles [104.6 km]<1> to the east southeast (ESE). If you could walk a straight line from Laurens to Columbia, with an average speed<5> 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 about three full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 410 miles [659.8 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of a day, a buggy would take 16 days and walking would take 24 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,303 miles [10,143.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,002 miles [11,268.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,881 miles [7,855.2 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in South Carolina

About Laurens County

About South Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Laurens: www.cityoflaurenssc.com/

The official website for Laurens County: www.laurenscountysc.org/

The official website for State of South Carolina: https://sc.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- Laurens) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Laurens. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from LaurensOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Laurens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4988, Longitude: -82.0148    
<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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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.
<6>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 Laurens to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.893 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.218 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.168 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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