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Somerville, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Somerville 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 Somerville. 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 Somerville.

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

The Burleson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Somerville is near Washington County and also Fayette County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Washington County

Sighting report for Fayette 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

The website, centered on Somerville.

How Far From Somerville to ...

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

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

  • Caldwell [Map], which is the Seat of Burleson County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Somerville to Caldwell, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 72 miles [115.9 km] to the West (W). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 4 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,251 miles [2,013.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 49 days and walking would take 71 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,102 miles [11,429.6 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 7,828 miles [12,597.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,704 miles [9,179.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Somerville ...

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.

Big Creek   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West of Somerville   [Map]

Birch   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Center Line   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Gay Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Harmony   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Longpoint   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Lyons   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Merle (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Quarry   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Snook   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Zionville   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [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 Somerville. 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.

Hilton Smith

Negro League Baseball. He was born in Giddings (Texas) on Wednesday February 27, 1907 and died in Kansas City (Missouri) on Friday November 18, 1983 at an age of 76. He was buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery (Jackson County, Missouri) [Map].

Giddings [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Somerville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hilton Smith<7>

Communities Also Named Somerville ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Somerville.

While the name Somerville is unique within Texas, we know of another 17 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Texas

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Morgan County

Our profile page for Somerville, Morgan County   [Map]

Distance: About 634 miles [1,020.3 km] to the East Northeast.


Gibson County

Our profile page for Somerville, Gibson County   [Map]

Distance: About 755 miles [1,215.1 km] to the Northeast.


Leavenworth County

Our profile page for Somerville, Leavenworth County

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

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


Lincoln County

Our profile page for Somerville, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,757 miles [2,827.6 km] to the Northeast.


Middlesex County

Our profile page for Somerville, Middlesex County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,630 miles [2,623.2 km] to the Northeast.


Leflore County

Our profile page for Somerville, Leflore County   [Map]

Distance: About 436 miles [701.7 km] to the Northeast.


Clinton County

Our profile page for Somerville, Clinton County

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

New Brunswick

Our profile page for Somerville   [Map]

Distance: About 1,901 miles [3,059.4 km] to the Northeast.

New Jersey

Somerset County

Our profile page for Somerville, Somerset County

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

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

New York

Queens County

Our profile page for Somerville, Queens County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,454 miles [2,340 km] to the Northeast.

Saint Lawrence County

Our profile page for Somerville, Saint Lawrence County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,493 miles [2,402.8 km] to the Northeast.


Butler County

Our profile page for Somerville, Butler County   [Map]

Distance: About 924 miles [1,487 km] to the Northeast.


Armstrong County

Our profile page for Somerville, Armstrong County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,193 miles [1,919.9 km] to the Northeast.

Philadelphia County

Our profile page for Somerville, Philadelphia County   [Map]

This community is historic.<9>

Distance: About 1,374 miles [2,211.2 km] to the Northeast.

Tioga County

Our profile page for Somerville, Tioga County

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

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


Fayette County

Our profile page for Somerville, Fayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 536 miles [862.6 km] to the Northeast.


Fauquier County

Our profile page for Somerville, Fauquier County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,213 miles [1,952.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Somerville. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Texas:

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Somerville) 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 Somerville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Somerville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Somerville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.3460, Longitude: -96.5311     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Somerville 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 Somerville 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 319.43 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.577 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.791 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:

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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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek 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 Somerville 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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<9>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 Somerville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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