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Spear, Arkansas

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Spear 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 Spear 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<1> community of Spear once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Spear to:

  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 43 miles [69.2 km] to the West (W). If you could walk a straight line from Spear to Little Rock, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 853 miles [1,372.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 49 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,686 miles [10,760.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,412 miles [11,928.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,288 miles [8,510.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Spear ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Spear.

While the name Spear is unique within Arkansas, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Arkansas


Big Horn County

Our profile page for Spear, Big Horn County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,102 miles [1,773.5 km] to the Northwest

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Avery County

Our profile page for Spear, Avery County   [Map]
Distance: About 545 miles [877.1 km] to the East Northeast

Mitchell County

Our profile page for Spear, Mitchell County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Mitchell County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.


Brazos County

Our profile page for Spear, Brazos County   [Map]
Distance: About 395 miles [635.7 km] to the Southwest

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Spokane County

Our profile page for Spear, Spokane County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Spokane County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Footnotes ...

<1>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 Spear, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Spear. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spear) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spear. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7093, Longitude: -91.5851     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spear have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Spear to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 316.734 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.992 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.074 degrees.

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<8>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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Spear.