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Spanish Fort, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Spanish Fort 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 Fort. 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 Fort.

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

The Montague County sighting report from eBird.

Since Spanish Fort is near Jefferson County and also Love County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Jefferson County

Sighting report for Love 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 Fort.

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

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

  • Montague [Map], which is the Seat of Montague County, lies 20 miles [32.2 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Spanish Fort to Montague, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 254 miles [408.8 km] to the South (S). 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 1,190 miles [1,915.1 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 6,953 miles [11,189.8 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 7,692 miles [12,379.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,574 miles [8,970.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spanish Fort ...

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.

Bonita   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South of Spanish Fort   [Map]

Cobalt Junction (OK)   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Cornish (OK)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Fleetwood (OK)   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Grady (OK)   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Illinois Bend   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Jimtown (OK)   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Leon (OK)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Pike (OK)   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Post Oak (OK)   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Ringling (OK)   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [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 Fort. 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.

Rue McClanahan     (Eddi-Rue McClanahan)

Actress. She was born in Healdton (Oklahoma) on Wednesday February 21, 1934 and died in New York (New York) on Thursday June 3, 2010 at an age of 76.

Healdton [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the north of Spanish Fort

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rue McClanahan<7>

Communities Also Named Spanish Fort ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Spanish Fort.

While the name Spanish Fort is unique within Texas, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Texas


Baldwin County

Our profile page for Spanish Fort, Baldwin County   [Map]

Distance: About 609 miles [980.1 km] to the East Southeast.


Orleans Parish

Our profile page for Spanish Fort, Orleans Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 517 miles [832 km] to the East Southeast.


Sharkey County

Our profile page for Spanish Fort, Sharkey County   [Map]

Distance: About 405 miles [651.8 km] to the East.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Texas

About Montague County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Spanish Fort. 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spanish Fort) 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 Spanish Fort. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spanish Fort

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spanish Fort. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9448, Longitude: -97.6209     [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 Spanish Fort 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 320.64 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.454 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.903 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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