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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Sowers 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 Sowers. 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 Sowers.

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

The Dallas County sighting report from eBird.

Since Sowers is near Tarrant County and also Denton County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Tarrant County

Sighting report for Denton 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 Sowers.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Sowers once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Sowers and extending to:

  • Dallas [Map], which is the Seat of Dallas County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Sowers to Dallas, with an average speed<3> 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 182 miles [292.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,189 miles [1,913.5 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<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,989 miles [11,247.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,724 miles [12,430.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,603 miles [9,017.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sowers ...

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.

Eagle Ford   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast of Sowers   [Map]

Farmers Branch   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Florence Hill   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Grand Prairie   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

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

Gribble   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Highland   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Jim Town (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Lakeview   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Minters Chapel (Historic)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Oak Cliff   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

University Park Village   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [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 Sowers. 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.

Ernie 'Mr. Cub' Banks

Major League Baseball. He was born in Dallas (Texas) on Saturday January 31, 1931 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Friday January 23, 2015 at an age of 84. He was buried at Graceland Cemetery (Macon County, Illinois) [Map].

Dallas [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the east of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ernie 'Mr. Cub' Banks<8>

Blanche Barrow     (Born as Bennie Iva Caldwell)

Crime figure. She was born in Garvin (Oklahoma) on Sunday January 1, 1911 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Saturday December 24, 1988 at an age of 77. She was buried at Grove Hill Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Dallas [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the east of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Blanche Barrow

Heinz Becker

Major League Baseball. He was born in Berlin (Germany) [Map] on Wednesday August 26, 1914 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Monday November 11, 1991 at an age of 77. He was buried at Restland Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Dallas [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the east of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Heinz Becker

James Edward 'Jimmy' Belken, Sr.

Musician. He was born in Dallas (Texas) on Monday May 25, 1931 and died in Garland (Texas) on Saturday August 19, 2000 at an age of 69. He was buried at Restland Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Dallas [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the east of Sowers

Garland [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Edward 'Jimmy' Belken, Sr.

Gordon Lee 'Tex' Beneke

Singer, musician, actor. He was born in Fort Worth (Texas) on Thursday February 12, 1914 and died in Santa Ana (California) on Tueday May 30, 2000 at an age of 86. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Fort Worth [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gordon Lee 'Tex' Beneke

Robert Lee Brice

Actor. He was born in Dallas (Texas) on Wednesday March 4, 1914 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday January 8, 1968 at an age of 53. He was buried at Eternal Valley Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Dallas [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the east of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Lee Brice

Francelia Billington

Actress, cinematographer. She was born in Dallas (Texas) on Friday February 1, 1895 and died in Glendale (California) on Saturday November 24, 1934 at an age of 39. She was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Dallas [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the east of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Francelia Billington

Dennis James Biodrowski

Professional football. He was born in Gary (Indiana) on Thursday June 27, 1940 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Monday October 20, 2014 at an age of 74. He was buried at Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Fort Worth [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dennis James Biodrowski

Billy Bizor

Musician. He was born in Centerville (Texas) on Wednesday September 3, 1913 and died in Houston (Texas) on Friday April 4, 1969 at an age of 55. He was buried at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery (Harris County, Texas) [Map].

Centerville [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Bizor

Tommy 'Butch' Bond     (Born as Thomas Ross Bond, Sr.)

Actor. He was born in Dallas (Texas) on Thursday September 16, 1926 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday September 24, 2005 at an age of 79. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Dallas [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the east of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tommy 'Butch' Bond

Ward Bond     (Wardell Edwin Bond)

Actor. He was born in Benkelman (Nebraska) on Thursday April 9, 1903 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Saturday November 5, 1960 at an age of 57.

Dallas [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the east of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ward Bond

Edward Jones Borom

Major League Baseball. He was born in Spartanburg (South Carolina) on Friday October 30, 1914 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Friday January 7, 2011 at an age of 96. He was buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Dallas [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the east of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edward Jones Borom

Robert Randall 'Bobby' Bragan

Major League Baseball. He was born in Birmingham (Alabama) on Tueday October 30, 1917 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Thursday January 21, 2010 at an age of 92. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Fort Worth [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Sowers

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Randall 'Bobby' Bragan

Communities Also Named Sowers ...

While the name Sowers is unique within Texas, we know of one more community in the United States.


Communities Outside of Texas

Virginia

Floyd County

Our profile page for Sowers, Floyd County   [Map]

Distance: About 982 miles [1,580.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Texas

About Dallas County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Dallas County: www.dallascounty.org/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Sowers, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>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 from Point A (ie- Sowers) 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 Sowers. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sowers

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sowers. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8285, Longitude: -96.9933     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sowers have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Sowers to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 320.079 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.655 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.742 degrees.

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<8>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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