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Spear, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Spear, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Spear and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Spear 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 Spear. 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 Spear.

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

The Brazos County sighting report from eBird.

Since Spear is near Burleson County and also Grimes County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Burleson County

Sighting report for Grimes 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 Spear.

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

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

  • Bryan [Map], which is the Seat of Brazos County, lies just to the North Northwest.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 86 miles [138.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could drive a straight line from Spear to Austin, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,232 miles [1,982.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 49 days and walking would take 70 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,081 miles [11,395.8 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 7,808 miles [12,565.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,684 miles [9,147.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spear ...

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.

Bryan   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Spear   [Map]

Chances Store   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Fountain   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Peach Creek   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Reliance   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Snook   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Steep Hollow   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Wicker   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Communities Also Named Spear ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Spear.

While the name Spear is unique within Texas, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Texas


Prairie County

Our profile page for Spear, Prairie County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 395 miles [635.7 km] to the Northeast.


Big Horn County

Our profile page for Spear, Big Horn County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,171 miles [1,884.5 km] to the North Northwest.

North Carolina

Avery County

Our profile page for Spear, Avery County   [Map]

Distance: About 905 miles [1,456.5 km] to the East Northeast.

Mitchell County

Our profile page for Spear, Mitchell County

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

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


Spokane County

Our profile page for Spear, Spokane County

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Texas

About Brazos County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Brazos County:

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spear) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spear. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6016, Longitude: -96.3369     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spear have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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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 Spear 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 319.341 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.504 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.684 degrees.

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<7>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 Spear, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Spear 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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