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South Mountain, Texas

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The location of South Mountain

Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Coryell County sighting report from eBird.

Since South Mountain is near Bosque County and also McLennan County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Bosque County

Sighting report for McLennan 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 South Mountain.

How Far From South Mountain to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as South Mountain 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 Mountain and extending to:

  • Gatesville [Map], which is the Seat of Coryell County, lies just to the West.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 81 miles [130.4 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from South Mountain to Austin, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,270 miles [2,043.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving 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 7,088 miles [11,407 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 7,821 miles [12,586.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,699 miles [9,171.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near South Mountain ...

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.

Cold Springs   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the South of South Mountain   [Map]

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

Gatesville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

King   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Leon Junction   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lime City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Mound   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Pancake   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pecan Grove (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 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 South Mountain. 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.

Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn

Entertainer, mother of Van Cliburn. She was born in McGregor (Texas) on Wednesday October 14, 1896 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Wednesday August 3, 1994 at an age of 97. She was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

McGregor [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the east of South Mountain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn<7>

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 29 miles [46.7 km] to the southeast of South Mountain

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Terry Knight

Communities Also Named South Mountain ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name South Mountain.

While the name South Mountain is unique within Texas, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Texas


Owyhee County

Our profile page for South Mountain, Owyhee County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,311 miles [2,109.8 km] to the Northwest.


Our profile page for South Mountain   [Map]

Distance: About 1,516 miles [2,439.8 km] to the Northeast.


Berks County

Our profile page for South Mountain, Berks County

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

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

Franklin County

Our profile page for South Mountain, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,268 miles [2,040.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Texas

About Coryell County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 drawn from Point A (ie- South Mountain) 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 South Mountain. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South Mountain

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Mountain. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4397, Longitude: -97.6792     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Mountain 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 Mountain 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 320.35 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.80 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.189 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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<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 South Mountain 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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