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Sonora, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Sonora 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 Sonora. 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 Sonora.

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

The Sutton County sighting report from eBird.

Since Sonora is near Schleicher County and also Crockett County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Schleicher County

Sighting report for Crockett 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 Sonora.

How Far From Sonora 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 city such as Sonora to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 174 miles [280 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Sonora to Austin, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,452 miles [2,336.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 57 days and walking would take 83 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,245 miles [11,659.7 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 7,983 miles [12,847.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,864 miles [9,437.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sonora ...

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.

Buck Hollow   -   37 miles [59.5 km] to the East of Sonora   [Map]

Corner Windmill   -   32 miles [51.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Crockett Heights   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Eldorado   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Hulldale   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Juno   -   40 miles [64.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Knickerbocker   -   48 miles [77.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Rocksprings   -   46 miles [74 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Telegraph (Historic)   -   47 miles [75.6 km] to the East   [Map]

Communities Also Named Sonora ...

We have found 17 communities that share the name Sonora.

While the name Sonora 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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Maricopa County

Our profile page for Sonora, Maricopa County   [Map]

Distance: About 679 miles [1,092.7 km] to the West Northwest.

Pinal County

Our profile page for Sonora, Pinal County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 632 miles [1,017.1 km] to the West Northwest.


Washington County

Our profile page for Sonora, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 541 miles [870.7 km] to the Northeast.


Tuolumne County

Our profile page for Sonora, Tuolumne County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,233 miles [1,984.3 km] to the West Northwest.


Hancock County

Our profile page for Sonora, Hancock County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 860 miles [1,384 km] to the North Northeast.


Poweshiek County

Our profile page for Sonora, Poweshiek County

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

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


Harper County

Our profile page for Sonora, Harper County

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

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

Lyon County

Our profile page for Sonora, Lyon County

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

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

Nemaha County

Our profile page for Sonora, Nemaha County

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

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


Hardin County

Our profile page for Sonora, Hardin County   [Map]

Distance: About 969 miles [1,559.5 km] to the East Northeast.


Chickasaw County

Our profile page for Sonora, Chickasaw County   [Map]

Distance: About 716 miles [1,152.3 km] to the East Northeast.


Atchison County

Our profile page for Sonora, Atchison County   [Map]

Distance: About 740 miles [1,190.9 km] to the North Northeast.

New York

Steuben County

Our profile page for Sonora, Steuben County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,528 miles [2,459.1 km] to the Northeast.

North Dakota

Richland County

Our profile page for Sonora, Richland County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,090 miles [1,754.2 km] to the North.

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Sonora   [Map]

Distance: About 2,309 miles [3,716 km] to the Northeast.


Muskingum County

Our profile page for Sonora, Muskingum County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,236 miles [1,989.1 km] to the Northeast.


Butler County

Our profile page for Sonora, Butler County

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Texas

About Sutton County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Sonora:

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sonora) 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 Sonora. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sonora

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sonora. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.5709, Longitude: -100.6445     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sonora 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 Sonora 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 322.231 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.919 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.583 degrees.

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<7>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 Sonora, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Sonora 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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