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Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Soda Springs, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Soda Springs and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Soda Springs and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track 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 the location for Soda Springs. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Soda Springs.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Caldwell County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Caldwell County sighting report from eBird.

Since Soda Springs is near Gonzales County and also Guadalupe County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Gonzales County

Sighting report for Guadalupe County

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:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Soda Springs.

How Far From Soda Springs 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 community such as Soda Springs to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Soda Springs and extending to:

  • Lockhart [Map], which is the Seat of Caldwell County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Soda Springs to Lockhart, with an average speed<2> 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.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 38 miles [61.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,328 miles [2,137.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 52 days and walking would take 76 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,176 miles [11,548.7 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 7,904 miles [12,720.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,780 miles [9,302 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Soda Springs ...

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.

Dale   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North of Soda Springs   [Map]

Elm Grove   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Kingsbury   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Mineral Springs (Historic)   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pettytown   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Sandy Fork   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Seawillow   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Stairtown   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Staples   -   14 miles [22.5 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 Soda Springs. 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.

Eddie Durham

Musician. He was born in San Marcos (Texas) on Sunday August 19, 1906 and died in New York (New York) on Friday March 6, 1987 at an age of 80. He was buried at George Washington Memorial Park (Bergen County, New Jersey) [Map].

San Marcos [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northwest of Soda Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie Durham<7>

Cecil 'Tex' Hughson

Major League Baseball. He was born in Kyle (Texas) on Wednesday February 9, 1916 and died in San Marcos (Texas) on Friday August 6, 1993 at an age of 77. He was buried at San Marcos Cemetery (Hays County, Texas) [Map].

Kyle [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Soda Springs

San Marcos [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northwest of Soda Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cecil 'Tex' Hughson

Will 'Cannonball' Jackman

Professional baseball. He was born in Kyle (Texas) on Monday October 7, 1895 and died in Marion (Massachusetts) on Friday September 8, 1972 at an age of 76. He was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery (Suffolk County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Kyle [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Soda Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Will 'Cannonball' Jackman

Percy Lee Jones

Major League Baseball. He was born in Harwood (Texas) on Tueday October 10, 1899 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Sunday March 18, 1979 at an age of 79. He was buried at Grove Hill Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Harwood [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast of Soda Springs

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Percy Lee Jones

Communities Also Named Soda Springs ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Soda Springs.

Within Texas, there is just one other community named Soda Springs. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 11 communities in the United States - with 12 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Texas

Communities outside of Texas


Communities Outside of Texas

California

Mendocino County

Our profile page for Soda Springs, Mendocino County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,606 miles [2,584.6 km] to the West Northwest.

Nevada County

Our profile page for Soda Springs, Nevada County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,450 miles [2,333.5 km] to the Northwest.

Placer County

Our profile page for Soda Springs, Placer County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,445 miles [2,325.5 km] to the Northwest.

San Diego County

Our profile page for Soda Springs, San Diego County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

Although located in San Diego County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Tulare County

Our profile page for Soda Springs, Tulare County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,299 miles [2,090.5 km] to the West Northwest.

Colorado

Fremont County

Our profile page for Soda Springs, Fremont County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Fremont County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Lake County

Our profile page for Soda Springs, Lake County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Lake County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Idaho

Bingham County

Our profile page for Soda Springs, Bingham County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Bingham County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Caribou County

Our profile page for Soda Springs, Caribou County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,182 miles [1,902.2 km] to the Northwest.

Montana

Yellowstone County

Our profile page for Soda Springs, Yellowstone County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,237 miles [1,990.8 km] to the North Northwest.

Nevada

Esmeralda County

Our profile page for Soda Springs, Esmeralda County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Esmeralda County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Soda Springs) 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 Soda Springs. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Soda Springs

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Soda Springs. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.7188, Longitude: -97.5992     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Soda Springs have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Soda Springs 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 320.036 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.212 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.30 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: findagrave.com.

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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 (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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Soda Springs 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.

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