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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 Spearfish, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Spearfish and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • 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 Spearfish:
    • 44.488873, -103.847703
    • 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 Spearfish
  • 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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spearfish ...

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.

  • Beaver Crossing [Lawrence County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beaver Crossing
    • Beaver Crossing [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Spearfish
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beaver Crossing have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beaver Crossing
  • Blacktail [Lawrence County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blacktail
    • Blacktail [Lawrence County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blacktail have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blacktail
  • Carbonate [Lawrence County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carbonate
    • Carbonate [Lawrence County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carbonate have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Crook City [Lawrence County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crook City
    • Crook City [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Spearfish
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crook City
  • Continue List   (9 more) ...
    • Deadwood [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deadwood
      • Deadwood [Lawrence County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,294 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deadwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Deadwood<3>
    • Elizabethtown [Lawrence County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elizabethtown
      • Elizabethtown [Lawrence County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elizabethtown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Gayville [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gayville
      • Gayville [Lawrence County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gayville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gayville
    • Jolly [Butte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jolly
      • Jolly [Butte County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the north of Spearfish
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jolly have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jolly
    • Jolly Dump [Butte County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jolly Dump
      • Jolly Dump [Butte County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Spearfish
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jolly Dump have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jolly Dump
    • Lead [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lead
      • Lead [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Spearfish
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,947 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lead have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lead
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lead<3>
    • Ragged Top [Lawrence County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ragged Top
      • Ragged Top [Lawrence County] was located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 73 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ragged Top have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Terry [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Terry
      • Terry [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Terry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Terry
    • Trojan [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Trojan
      • Trojan [Lawrence County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Spearfish
      • Estimated population in 2014: 627 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trojan

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 Spearfish. 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.

How Far From Spearfish to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Spearfish to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • View Our List ...
    • Deadwood, which is the Seat of Lawrence County and lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Spearfish to Deadwood, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
    • Pierre, which is the State Capital of South Dakota, lies 173 miles [278.4 km] to the east (E). 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 1,428 miles [2,298.1 km] to the east (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 56 days and walking would take 82 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,567 miles [10,568.6 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,333 miles [11,801.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,285 miles [8,505.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in South Dakota

About Lawrence County

About South Dakota

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Spearfish: www.city.spearfish.sd.us/

The official website for Lawrence County: www.lawrence.sd.us/

The official website for State of South Dakota: sd.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spearfish) 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 Spearfish. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SpearfishOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spearfish. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.4889, Longitude: -103.8477       In this case, the coordinates for Spearfish have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 Spearfish 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 326.013 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 324.951 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.68 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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