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Soules Chapel, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Soules Chapel 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 Soules Chapel. 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 Soules Chapel.

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

The Upshur County sighting report from eBird.

Since Soules Chapel is near Wood County and also Camp County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Wood County

Sighting report for Camp 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 Soules Chapel.

How Far From Soules Chapel 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 Soules Chapel to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Gilmer [Map], which is the Seat of Upshur County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Soules Chapel to Gilmer, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 236 miles [379.8 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,090 miles [1,754.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 43 days and walking would take 62 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,916 miles [11,130.2 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 7,646 miles [12,305 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,523 miles [8,888.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Soules Chapel ...

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.

Crossroads   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast of Soules Chapel   [Map]

Friendship   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Hickory Hill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Latch   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

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

Little Hope   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Lone Pine   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Piney Grove   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Rosewood   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Shady Grove   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Union Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [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 Soules Chapel. 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.

Freddie Christian King

Musician. He was born in Gilmer (Texas) on Monday September 3, 1934 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Tueday December 28, 1976 at an age of 42. He was buried at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Gilmer [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast of Soules Chapel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Freddie Christian King<7>

John Don Looney

Professional football. He was born in Saltillo (Texas) on Saturday September 2, 1916 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Sunday April 5, 2015 at an age of 98. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Saltillo [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Soules Chapel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Don Looney

Ray Price     (Noble Ray Price)

Musician. He was born in Perryville (Texas) on Tueday January 12, 1926 and died in Mount Pleasant (Texas) on Monday December 16, 2013 at an age of 87. He was buried at Restland Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Perryville [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the northwest of Soules Chapel

Mount Pleasant [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Soules Chapel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ray Price

Jerry Scoggins

Musician. He was born in Mount Pleasant (Texas) on Saturday September 30, 1911 and died in Westlake Village (California) on Tueday December 7, 2004 at an age of 93. He was buried at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Mount Pleasant [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the north of Soules Chapel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jerry Scoggins

Karen Gay Silkwood

Activist. She was born in Longview (Texas) on Tueday February 19, 1946 and died in Crescent (Oklahoma) on Wednesday November 13, 1974 at an age of 28. She was buried at Danville Cemetery (Gregg County, Texas) [Map].

Longview [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Soules Chapel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Karen Gay Silkwood

Sissy Spacek     (Mary Elizabeth Spacek)

Oscar winning actress. She was born in Quitman (Texas) on Sunday December 25, 1949

Quitman [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the west of Soules Chapel

Samuel Filmore 'Sam' West

Major League Baseball. He was born in Longview (Texas) on Wednesday October 5, 1904 and died in Lubbock (Texas) on Saturday November 23, 1985 at an age of 81. He was buried at Resthaven Memorial Park (Lubbock County, Texas) [Map].

Longview [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Soules Chapel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Samuel Filmore 'Sam' West

Forest Whitaker     (Forest Steven Whitaker III)

Oscar winning actor. Producer, director. He was born in Longview (Texas) on Saturday July 15, 1961

Longview [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of Soules Chapel

Noble Willingham

Actor. He was born in Mineola (Texas) on Monday August 31, 1931 and died in Palm Springs (California) on Saturday January 17, 2004 at an age of 72. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Mineola [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Soules Chapel

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Noble Willingham

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Soules Chapel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Soules Chapel. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8307, Longitude: -95.0744     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Soules Chapel 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 Soules Chapel 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 318.807 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.163 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.889 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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