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Spanish Bluff, Texas
(Bowie County)

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Spanish 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 Spanish 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 Spanish 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 Bowie County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Bowie County sighting report from eBird.

Since Spanish Bluff is near Little River County and also McCurtain County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Little River County

Sighting report for McCurtain 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 Spanish Bluff.

How Far From Spanish Bluff 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 Spanish Bluff 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 Spanish Bluff once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Spanish Bluff and extending to:

  • Boston [Map], which is the Seat of Bowie County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 299 miles [481.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could drive a straight line from Spanish Bluff to Austin, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 17 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 12 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,032 miles [1,660.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 41 days and walking would take 59 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,853 miles [11,028.8 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 7,583 miles [12,203.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,460 miles [8,787 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spanish 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.

Boston   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South of Spanish Bluff   [Map]

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

Comet (AR)   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Foreman (AR)   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Hooks   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Leary   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Malta   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Redbank   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Rocky Comfort (AR)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Victory City   -   10 miles [16.1 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 Spanish 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.

Dan Blocker     (Bobby Dan Davis Blocker)

Actor. He was born in De Kalb (Texas) on Monday December 10, 1928 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday May 13, 1972 at an age of 43.

De Kalb [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the west of Spanish Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dan Blocker<8>

Edwin Lee 'Eddie' Mathews

Major League Baseball. He was born in Texarkana (Texas) on Tueday October 13, 1931 and died in La Jolla (California) on Sunday February 18, 2001 at an age of 69. He was buried at Santa Barbara Cemetery (Santa Barbara County, California) [Map].

Texarkana [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Spanish Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Edwin Lee 'Eddie' Mathews

John 'Country Johnny' Mathis

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Maud (Texas) on Tueday September 30, 1930 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Tueday September 27, 2011 at an age of 81. He was buried at Beechwood Cemetery (Marshall County, Tennessee) [Map].

Maud [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the south of Spanish Bluff

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John 'Country Johnny' Mathis

Communities Also Named Spanish Bluff ...

Within Texas, there is just one other community named Spanish Bluff.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Bowie County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Texas:

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 Spanish Bluff, 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 '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- Spanish Bluff) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spanish Bluff. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5429, Longitude: -94.3863     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spanish Bluff 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 Spanish 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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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 318.437 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.822 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.49 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:

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