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South Salem, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Leon County sighting report from eBird.

Since South Salem is near Madison County and also Limestone County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Madison County

Sighting report for Limestone 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 Salem.

How Far From South Salem 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 community such as South Salem 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 Salem and extending to:

  • Centerville [Map], which is the Seat of Leon County, lies just to the East.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 120 miles [193.1 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from South Salem to Austin, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,194 miles [1,921.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 47 days and walking would take 68 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,036 miles [11,323.3 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 7,764 miles [12,494.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,640 miles [9,076.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near South Salem ...

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.

Buffalo   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North of South Salem   [Map]

Centerville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Friendship   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Guys Store   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Long Hollow   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Margie   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Pleasant Ridge   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Pleasant Springs   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Spillers Store   -   14 miles [22.5 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 Salem. 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.

Raymond Adelphia 'Silent Cal' Benge

Major League Baseball. He was born in Jacksonville (Texas) on Tueday April 22, 1902 and died in Centerville (Texas) on Friday June 27, 1997 at an age of 95. He was buried at Concord Cemetery (Leon County, Texas) [Map].

Centerville [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the east of South Salem

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Raymond Adelphia 'Silent Cal' Benge<7>

Communities Also Named South Salem ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name South Salem.

While the name South Salem is unique within Texas, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Texas


Randolph County

Our profile page for South Salem, Randolph County   [Map]

Distance: About 877 miles [1,411.4 km] to the Northeast.


Essex County

Our profile page for South Salem, Essex County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,583 miles [2,547.6 km] to the Northeast.

New York

Westchester County

Our profile page for South Salem, Westchester County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,425 miles [2,293.3 km] to the Northeast.


Ross County

Our profile page for South Salem, Ross County   [Map]

Distance: About 908 miles [1,461.3 km] to the Northeast.


Salem City

Our profile page for South Salem, Salem City

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Texas

About Leon County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for South Salem. 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- South Salem) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Salem. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2680, Longitude: -96.0716     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Salem 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 Salem 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 319.261 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.496 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.504 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 Salem 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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