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Sowells Bluff, Texas

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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Sowells Bluff.

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 Sowells Bluff, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Sowells Bluff and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Sowells Bluff 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 Sowells Bluff. 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 Sowells Bluff.

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

The Fannin County sighting report from eBird.

Since Sowells Bluff is near Bryan County and also Grayson County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Bryan County

Sighting report for Grayson 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 Sowells Bluff.

How Far From Sowells Bluff 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 Sowells Bluff to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Bonham [Map], which is the Seat of Fannin County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Sowells Bluff to Bonham, 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 257 miles [413.6 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,120 miles [1,802.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 44 days and walking would take 64 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,910 miles [11,120.6 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 5,525 miles [8,891.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sowells Bluff ...

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.

Anthony   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest of Sowells Bluff   [Map]

Carpenters Bluff   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Carson   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Ivanhoe   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Karma (OK)   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

Liberty (OK)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Post Oak   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Tulip   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [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 Sowells Bluff. 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.

Benny Binion

Businessman, founder of Binion's Horseshoe Casino. He was born in Pilot Grove (Texas) on Sunday November 20, 1904 and died in Las Vegas (Nevada) on Monday December 25, 1989 at an age of 85. He was buried at Bunkers Eden Vale Cemetery (Nevada).

Pilot Grove [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Sowells Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Benny Binion<7>

James 'Jim' Boyd

Musician. He was born in Ladonia (Texas) on Friday September 25, 1914 and died in Ladonia (Texas) on Thursday March 11, 1993 at an age of 78. He was buried at Restland Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Ladonia [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast of Sowells Bluff

Ladonia [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southeast of Sowells Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James 'Jim' Boyd

Charlie Christian     (Charles Henry Christian)

Musician. He was born in Bonham (Texas) on Saturday July 29, 1916 and died in Staten Island (New York) on Monday March 2, 1942 at an age of 25. He was buried at Gates Hill Cemetery (Fannin County, Texas) [Map].

Bonham [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the south of Sowells Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charlie Christian

Joe Dobson

Major League Baseball. He was born in Durant (Oklahoma) on Saturday January 20, 1917 and died in Jacksonville (Florida) on Thursday June 23, 1994 at an age of 77. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery (Duval County, Florida) [Map].

Durant [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northwest of Sowells Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Dobson

Dwight D. Eisenhower     (Dwight David Eisenhower)

34th President of the US (1953 - 1961). He was born in Denison (Texas) on Tueday October 14, 1890 and died in Washington, DC [Map] on Friday March 28, 1969 at an age of 78.

Denison [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the west of Sowells Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Booker Telleferro Ervin, II

Musician. He was born in Denison (Texas) on Friday October 31, 1930 and died in New York (New York) on Monday August 31, 1970 at an age of 39. He was buried at Long Island National Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Denison [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the west of Sowells Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Booker Telleferro Ervin, II

Lee 'Lefty' Grissom

Major League Baseball. He was born in Sherman (Texas) on Wednesday October 23, 1907 and died in Corning (California) on Sunday October 4, 1998 at an age of 91. He was buried at Sunset Hill Cemetery (Tehama County, California) [Map].

Sherman [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the west of Sowells Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lee 'Lefty' Grissom

John Hillerman

Actor. He was born in Denison (Texas) on Tueday December 20, 1932 and died in Houston (Texas) on Thursday November 9, 2017 at an age of 84.

Denison [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the west of Sowells Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Hillerman

John Henderson 'Silent John' Whitehead

Major League Baseball. He was born in Coleman (Texas) on Tueday April 27, 1909 and died in Bonham (Texas) on Tueday October 20, 1964 at an age of 55. He was buried at Carson Cemetery (Fannin County, Texas) [Map].

Bonham [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the south of Sowells Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Henderson 'Silent John' Whitehead

Art Tyree 'Hambone' Williams

Professional basketball. He was born in Bonham (Texas) on Friday September 29, 1939 and died in San Diego (California) on Thursday September 27, 2018 at an age of 79. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (San Diego County, California) [Map].

Bonham [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the south of Sowells Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Art Tyree 'Hambone' Williams

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Texas

About Fannin County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sowells Bluff. 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- Sowells Bluff) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sowells Bluff. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sowells Bluff

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sowells Bluff. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.7503, Longitude: -96.1948     [Map].

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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 Sowells Bluff 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 319.656 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.275 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.273 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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