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Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Sommers Mill 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 Sommers Mill. 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 Sommers Mill.

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

The Bell County sighting report from eBird.

Since Sommers Mill is near Williamson County and also Milam County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Williamson County

Sighting report for Milam 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 Sommers Mill.

How Far From Sommers Mill 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 Sommers Mill to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Belton [Map], which is the Seat of Bell County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 51 miles [82.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could walk a straight line from Sommers Mill to Austin, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,273 miles [2,048.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three full days, a buggy would take 50 days and walking would take 73 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,104 miles [11,432.8 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 7,835 miles [12,609.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,712 miles [9,192.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sommers Mill ...

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.

Dog Ridge (Historic)   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest of Sommers Mill   [Map]

Hobbs   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Holland   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Joe Lee   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Little River   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Oscar   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Prairie Dell   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Sparks   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Stringtown   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Temple   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Union Grove   -   10 miles [16.1 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 Sommers Mill. 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.

Tex Avery     (Born as Fred Bean Avery)

Animator. He was born in Taylor (Texas) on Wednesday February 26, 1908 and died in Burbank (California) on Tueday August 26, 1980 at an age of 72. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Taylor [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Sommers Mill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tex Avery<7>

Earl Caldwell

Major League Baseball. He was born in Sparks (Texas) on Sunday April 9, 1905 and died in Mission (Texas) on Tueday September 15, 1981 at an age of 76. He was buried at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens (Hidalgo County, Texas) [Map].

Sparks [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the southeast of Sommers Mill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Caldwell

Virgil Lewis Johnson

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Cameron (Texas) on Sunday December 29, 1935 and died in Lubbock (Texas) on Sunday February 24, 2013 at an age of 77. He was buried at City of Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock County, Texas) [Map].

Cameron [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the east of Sommers Mill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Virgil Lewis Johnson

Terry Knight     (Born as Richard Terrance Knapp)

Musician. He was born in Flint (Michigan) on Friday April 9, 1943 and died in Temple (Texas) on Monday November 1, 2004 at an age of 61. He was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery (Lapeer County, Michigan) [Map].

Temple [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the north of Sommers Mill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Terry Knight

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Texas Community

About Bell County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bell County: www.bellcountytx.com/

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sommers Mill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sommers Mill. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.9699, Longitude: -97.4317     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sommers Mill 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 Sommers Mill 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 320.117 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.465 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.123 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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