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The location of South Point









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Cameron County sighting report from eBird.

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 Point.

How Far From South Point 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 South Point 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 Point and extending to:

  • Brownsville [Map], which is the Seat of Cameron County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from South Point to Brownsville, 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 304 miles [489.2 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 18 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,483 miles [2,386.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 58 days and walking would take 85 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,370 miles [11,860.9 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 8,084 miles [13,009.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,960 miles [9,591.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near South Point ...

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.

Angel Haven   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West of South Point   [Map]

Clarksville (Historic)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Four Corners   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Illinois Heights   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Indian Lake   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Jaime Lake   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Palm Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Stardust   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [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 Point. 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.

Walt 'No Neck' Williams

Major League Baseball. He was born in Brownsville (Texas) on Sunday December 19, 1943 and died in Abilene (Texas) on Saturday January 23, 2016 at an age of 72. He was buried at Greenleaf Cemetery (Brown County, Texas) [Map].

Brownsville [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of South Point

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Walt 'No Neck' Williams<7>

Communities Also Named South Point ...

We have found 7 communities that share the name South Point.

While the name South Point is unique within Texas, we know of another 7 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Texas

Louisiana

Orleans Parish

Our profile page for South Point, Orleans Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 543 miles [873.9 km] to the Northeast.

Missouri

Franklin County

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

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 951 miles [1,530.5 km] to the North Northeast.

North Carolina

Gaston County

Our profile page for South Point, Gaston County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<9>

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

Ohio

Lawrence County

Our profile page for South Point, Lawrence County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,221 miles [1,965 km] to the Northeast.

South Carolina

Florence County

Our profile page for South Point, Florence County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,193 miles [1,919.9 km] to the East Northeast.

York County

Our profile page for South Point, York County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,159 miles [1,865.2 km] to the Northeast.

Virginia

Accomack County

Our profile page for South Point, Accomack County   [Map]

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Texas

About Cameron County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Cameron County: www.co.cameron.tx.us/

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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Point) 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 Point. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South Point

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Point. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 25.8687, Longitude: -97.3836     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Point 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 Point 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 319.211 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.742 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.447 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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<8>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 South Point, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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 Point 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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