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The location of Soldiers Mound









Introduction ...

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

This page contains six sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Soldiers Mound 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 Soldiers Mound. 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 Soldiers Mound.

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 Dickens County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Dickens County sighting report from eBird.

Since Soldiers Mound is near Kent County and also Crosby County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Kent County

Sighting report for Crosby 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 Soldiers Mound.

How Far From Soldiers Mound 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 Soldiers Mound 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 Soldiers Mound once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Soldiers Mound and extending to:

  • Dickens [Map], which is the Seat of Dickens County, lies just to the North.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 288 miles [463.5 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from Soldiers Mound to Austin, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 17 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 12 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,372 miles [2,208 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 54 days and walking would take 78 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,090 miles [11,410.2 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 7,836 miles [12,610.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,724 miles [9,211.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Soldiers Mound ...

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.

Corner Windmill   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the East of Soldiers Mound   [Map]

Dickens   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Elton   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Glenn   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Lakeview   -   34 miles [54.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Matador   -   34 miles [54.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Peacock   -   34 miles [54.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Polar   -   34 miles [54.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Roaring Springs   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Savage (Historic)   -   34 miles [54.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Spur   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Wake   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 Soldiers Mound, 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 'straight-line' (or 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- Soldiers Mound) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Soldiers Mound. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5226, Longitude: -100.8318     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Soldiers Mound 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 Soldiers Mound 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 322.803 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.951 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.454 degrees.

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