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Soncy, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Soncy 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 Soncy. 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 Soncy.

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

The Potter County sighting report from eBird.

Since Soncy is near Randall County and also Oldham County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Randall County

Sighting report for Oldham 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 Soncy.

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

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

  • Amarillo [Map], which is the Seat of Potter County, lies just to the East.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 418 miles [672.7 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from Soncy to Austin, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 24 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 17 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,391 miles [2,238.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 55 days and walking would take 79 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,035 miles [11,321.7 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 7,787 miles [12,532 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,684 miles [9,147.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Soncy ...

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.

Bushland   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West of Soncy   [Map]

Canyon   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Chunky   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Dawn   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Everett   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Lake Tanglewood   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lee   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the East   [Map]

Marsh   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the North   [Map]

Timbercreek Canyon   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [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 Soncy. 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.

John Milton Ayers

Professional football. He was born in Carrizo Springs (Texas) on Tueday April 14, 1953 and died in Canyon (Texas) on Monday October 2, 1995 at an age of 42. He was buried at Dreamland Cemetery (Randall County, Texas) [Map].

Canyon [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the south of Soncy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Milton Ayers<7>

Dorrance Wilhelm 'Dory' Funk

Professional wrestler. He was born in Hammond (Indiana) on Sunday May 4, 1919 and died in Amarillo (Texas) on Sunday June 3, 1973 at an age of 54. He was buried at Dreamland Cemetery (Randall County, Texas) [Map].

Amarillo [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Soncy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dorrance Wilhelm 'Dory' Funk

Ricky Henry Romero

Professional wrestler. He was born in San Bernardino (California) on Sunday May 24, 1931 and died in Amarillo (Texas) on Sunday January 15, 2006 at an age of 74. He was buried at Llano Cemetery (Randall County, Texas) [Map].

Amarillo [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Soncy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ricky Henry Romero

Terry LaVerne Stafford

Musician. He was born in Hollis (Oklahoma) on Saturday November 22, 1941 and died in Amarillo (Texas) on Sunday March 17, 1996 at an age of 54. He was buried at Llano Cemetery (Randall County, Texas) [Map].

Amarillo [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Soncy

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Terry LaVerne Stafford

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Potter County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Potter County:

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Soncy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.1895, Longitude: -101.9376     [Map].

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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 Soncy 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 323.804 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 321.328 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.843 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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