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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Sparks 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 Sparks. 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 Sparks.

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

The Bell County sighting report from eBird.

Since Sparks is near Milam County and also Williamson County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Milam County

Sighting report for Williamson 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 Sparks.

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

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

  • Belton [Map], which is the Seat of Bell County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Sparks to Belton, 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 51 miles [82.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,271 miles [2,045.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 50 days and walking would take 73 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,103 miles [11,431.2 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 7,834 miles [12,607.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,711 miles [9,191 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sparks ...

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.

Bowers   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East of Sparks   [Map]

Hobbs   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Joe Lee   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Leedale   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Little River   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

New Colony   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Oscar   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Red Ranger   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

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

Stringtown   -   9 miles [14.5 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 Sparks. 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.

Tex Avery     (Born as Fred Bean Avery)

Animator. He was born in Taylor (Texas) on Wednesday February 26, 1908 and died in Burbank (California) on Tueday August 26, 1980 at an age of 72. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Taylor [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tex Avery<7>

Earl Caldwell

Major League Baseball. He was born in Sparks on Sunday April 9, 1905 and died in Mission (Texas) on Tueday September 15, 1981 at an age of 76. He was buried at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens (Hidalgo County, Texas) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Caldwell

Pee Wee Crayton     (Born as Connie Curtis Crayton)

Musician. He was born in Rockdale (Texas) on Friday December 18, 1914 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Tueday June 25, 1985 at an age of 70. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Rockdale [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pee Wee Crayton

Virgil Lewis Johnson

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Cameron (Texas) on Sunday December 29, 1935 and died in Lubbock (Texas) on Sunday February 24, 2013 at an age of 77. He was buried at City of Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock County, Texas) [Map].

Cameron [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the east of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Virgil Lewis Johnson

Terry Knight     (Born as Richard Terrance Knapp)

Musician. He was born in Flint (Michigan) on Friday April 9, 1943 and died in Temple (Texas) on Monday November 1, 2004 at an age of 61. He was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery (Lapeer County, Michigan) [Map].

Temple [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the north of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Terry Knight

Communities Also Named Sparks ...

We have found 15 communities that share the name Sparks.

Within Texas, there is just one other community named Sparks. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 14 communities in the United States - with 15 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Texas

Communities outside of Texas


Communities Outside of Texas

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Colorado

Moffat County

Our profile page for Sparks, Moffat County   [Map]

Distance: About 939 miles [1,511.2 km] to the Northwest.

Georgia

Berrien County

Our profile page for Sparks, Berrien County

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

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

Cook County

Our profile page for Sparks, Cook County   [Map]

Distance: About 823 miles [1,324.5 km] to the East.

Washington County

Our profile page for Sparks, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 868 miles [1,396.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Kansas

Doniphan County

Our profile page for Sparks, Doniphan County   [Map]

Distance: About 628 miles [1,010.7 km] to the North.

Kentucky

Estill County

Our profile page for Sparks, Estill County   [Map]

Distance: About 904 miles [1,454.8 km] to the Northeast.

Jackson County

Our profile page for Sparks, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 886 miles [1,425.9 km] to the Northeast.

Louisiana

Pointe Coupee Parish

Our profile page for Sparks, Pointe Coupee Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 347 miles [558.4 km] to the East.

Maryland

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Sparks, Baltimore County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,306 miles [2,101.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Nebraska

Cherry County

Our profile page for Sparks, Cherry County   [Map]

Distance: About 844 miles [1,358.3 km] to the North.

Nevada

Washoe County

Our profile page for Sparks, Washoe County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,390 miles [2,237 km] to the West Northwest.

Oklahoma

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Sparks, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 324 miles [521.4 km] to the North.

Oregon

Umatilla County

Our profile page for Sparks, Umatilla County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,533 miles [2,467.1 km] to the Northwest.

West Virginia

Nicholas County

Our profile page for Sparks, Nicholas County   [Map]

This community is historic.<9>

Distance: About 1,060 miles [1,705.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Texas

About Bell County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sparks. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Bell County: www.bellcountytx.com/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sparks) 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 Sparks. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sparks

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sparks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.9282, Longitude: -97.3598     [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 Sparks 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 320.063 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.397 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.095 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Sparks 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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<9>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 Sparks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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