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

The El Paso County sighting report from eBird.

Since Sparks is near Hudspeth County and also Dona Ana County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Hudspeth County

Sighting report for Dona Ana 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 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:

  • El Paso [Map], which is the Seat of El Paso County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Sparks to El Paso, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 512 miles [824 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take just over a day, a buggy would take 20 days and walking would take 29 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,711 miles [2,753.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 67 days and walking would take 98 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,376 miles [11,870.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 8,130 miles [13,084 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 6,030 miles [9,704.3 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.

Clint   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South of Sparks   [Map]

Dairyland   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Ellen Park   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Horizon City   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Lordsville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Quail Mesa   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Roseville   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Sunshine   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Wildhorse Valley   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [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.

Frank Castillo

Major League Baseball. He was born in El Paso (Texas) on Tueday April 1, 1969 and died in Carefree (Arizona) on Sunday July 28, 2013 at an age of 44. He was buried at Restlawn Memorial Park (El Paso County, Texas) [Map].

El Paso [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Castillo<7>

Andrew Howard 'Andy' Cohen

Major League Baseball. He was born in Baltimore (Maryland) on Tueday October 25, 1904 and died in El Paso (Texas) on Saturday October 29, 1988 at an age of 84. He was buried at B'nai Zion Cemetery (Texas).

El Paso [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Andrew Howard 'Andy' Cohen

Sydney Harry 'Syd' Cohen

Major League Baseball. He was born in Baltimore (Maryland) on Monday May 7, 1906 and died in El Paso (Texas) on Saturday April 9, 1988 at an age of 81. He was buried at B'nai Zion Cemetery (Texas).

El Paso [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Sydney Harry 'Syd' Cohen

Margaret Evelyn Osborne Dupont

Professional tennis. She was born in Joseph (Oregon) on Monday March 4, 1918 and died in El Paso (Texas) on Wednesday October 24, 2012 at an age of 94. She was buried at Restlawn Memorial Park (El Paso County, Texas) [Map].

El Paso [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Margaret Evelyn Osborne Dupont

Eduardo 'Eddie' Guerrero

Professional wrestler. He was born in El Paso (Texas) on Monday October 9, 1967 and died in Minneapolis (Minnesota) on Sunday November 13, 2005 at an age of 38. He was buried at Green Acres Memorial Park (Maricopa County, Arizona) [Map].

El Paso [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eduardo 'Eddie' Guerrero

Mary Hay Caldwell Hastings

Actress, dancer. She was born in Fort Bliss (Texas) on Thursday August 22, 1901 and died in Inverness (California) on Tueday June 4, 1957 at an age of 55. She was buried at Riverside Cemetery (Winnebago County, Wisconsin) [Map].

Fort Bliss [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mary Hay Caldwell Hastings

Guy Kibbee     (Guy Bridges Kibbee)

Actor. He was born in El Paso (Texas) on Saturday March 6, 1886 and died in East Islip (New York) on Thursday May 24, 1956 at an age of 70. He was buried at Kensico Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

El Paso [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Guy Kibbee

Salvator 'Sal' Madrid

Major League Baseball. He was born in El Paso (Texas) on Wednesday June 9, 1920 and died in Fort Wayne (Indiana) on Thursday February 24, 1977 at an age of 56. He was buried at Lindenwood Cemetery (Allen County, Indiana) [Map].

El Paso [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Salvator 'Sal' Madrid

Alex P. Montoya

Actor. He was born in El Paso (Texas) on Saturday October 19, 1907 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday September 25, 1970 at an age of 62. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

El Paso [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alex P. Montoya

Debbie Reynolds     (Born as Mary Frances Reynolds)

Actress. She was born in El Paso (Texas) on Friday April 1, 1932 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday December 28, 2016 at an age of 84.

El Paso [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Debbie Reynolds

Gene Roddenberry     (Eugene Wesley Roddenberry)

Producer, scriptwriter. He was born in El Paso (Texas) on Friday August 19, 1921 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Thursday October 24, 1991 at an age of 70.

El Paso [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gene Roddenberry

Thomas Gordon 'Tom' Seaton

Major League Baseball. He was born in Blair (Nebraska) on Tueday August 30, 1887 and died in El Paso (Texas) on Wednesday April 10, 1940 at an age of 52. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery (El Paso County, Texas) [Map].

El Paso [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the west of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Gordon 'Tom' Seaton

William Lee 'Willie' Shoemaker

Jockey. He was born in Fabens (Texas) on Wednesday August 19, 1931 and died in San Marino (California) on Sunday October 12, 2003 at an age of 72.

Fabens [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the south of Sparks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Lee 'Willie' Shoemaker

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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ColoradoLouisianaOklahoma 
 
GeorgiaMarylandOregon 
 
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KentuckyNevada  

Colorado

Moffat County

Our profile page for Sparks, Moffat County   [Map]

Distance: About 654 miles [1,052.5 km] to the North.

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 1,341 miles [2,158.1 km] to the East.

Washington County

Our profile page for Sparks, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,371 miles [2,206.4 km] to the East.

Kansas

Doniphan County

Our profile page for Sparks, Doniphan County   [Map]

Distance: About 836 miles [1,345.4 km] to the Northeast.

Kentucky

Estill County

Our profile page for Sparks, Estill County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,338 miles [2,153.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Jackson County

Our profile page for Sparks, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,324 miles [2,130.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Louisiana

Pointe Coupee Parish

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

Distance: About 873 miles [1,405 km] to the East.

Maryland

Baltimore County

Our profile page for Sparks, Baltimore County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,738 miles [2,797 km] to the East Northeast.

Nebraska

Cherry County

Our profile page for Sparks, Cherry County   [Map]

Distance: About 843 miles [1,356.7 km] to the North Northeast.

Nevada

Washoe County

Our profile page for Sparks, Washoe County   [Map]

Distance: About 931 miles [1,498.3 km] to the Northwest.

Oklahoma

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Sparks, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 605 miles [973.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Oregon

Umatilla County

Our profile page for Sparks, Umatilla County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,173 miles [1,887.8 km] to the North Northwest.

West Virginia

Nicholas County

Our profile page for Sparks, Nicholas County   [Map]

This community is historic.<9>

Distance: About 1,498 miles [2,410.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Texas

About El Paso 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 El Paso County: www.epcounty.com/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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- 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 for our own planning, we've provided the following link: 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: 31.6740, Longitude: -106.2388     [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 326.415 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 324.042 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 319.186 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek 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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