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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for South Elm 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 South Elm. 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 South Elm.

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

The Milam County sighting report from eBird.

Since South Elm is near Bell County and also Dickens County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Bell County

Sighting report for Dickens 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 South Elm.

How Far From South Elm 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 South Elm to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Cameron [Map], which is the Seat of Milam County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from South Elm to Cameron, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 59 miles [95 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,259 miles [2,026.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 50 days and walking would take 72 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,093 miles [11,415.1 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 7,823 miles [12,589.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,700 miles [9,173.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near South Elm ...

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.

Bowers   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest of South Elm   [Map]

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

Elm Ridge   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Leedale   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Meeks   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

New Colony   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Red Ranger   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Rogers   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Stringtown   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Terry Chapel   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [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 South Elm. 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.

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 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of South Elm

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Caldwell<7>

Pee Wee Crayton     (Born as Connie Curtis Crayton)

Musician. He was born in Rockdale (Texas) on Friday December 18, 1914 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Tueday June 25, 1985 at an age of 70. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Rockdale [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the south of South Elm

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pee Wee Crayton

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 11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast of South Elm

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 18 miles [29 km] to the northwest of South Elm

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Terry Knight

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Texas

About Milam County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

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 drawn from Point A (ie- South Elm) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Elm. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.9474, Longitude: -97.1303     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Elm 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 South Elm 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 319.913 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.223 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.994 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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