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Speegleville, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Speegleville 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 Speegleville. 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 Speegleville.

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

The McLennan County sighting report from eBird.

Since Speegleville is near Bosque County and also Falls County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Bosque County

Sighting report for Falls 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 Speegleville.

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

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

  • Waco [Map], which is the Seat of McLennan County, lies just to the East.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 93 miles [149.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Speegleville 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 6 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 1,244 miles [2,002 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 49 days and walking would take 71 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,066 miles [11,371.6 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 7,798 miles [12,549.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,676 miles [9,134.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Speegleville ...

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.

Beverly   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East of Speegleville   [Map]

China Spring   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Highland   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Jewell   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Patrick   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Rock Creek   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Waco   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Willow Grove   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Woodway   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Speegleville. 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.

Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn

Entertainer, mother of Van Cliburn. She was born in McGregor (Texas) on Wednesday October 14, 1896 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Wednesday August 3, 1994 at an age of 97. She was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

McGregor [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest of Speegleville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn<7>

John Lawrence Criner

Actor. He was born in Waco (Texas) on Tueday July 19, 1898 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Monday March 8, 1965 at an age of 66. He was buried at Los Angeles National Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Waco [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Speegleville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Lawrence Criner

Dave Monroe Edwards

Professional football. He was born in Columbia (Alabama) on Thursday December 14, 1939 and died in Laguna Park (Texas) on Tueday December 6, 2016 at an age of 77.

Laguna Park [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the north of Speegleville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dave Monroe Edwards

Darrell Orvis Glenn

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Waco (Texas) on Saturday December 7, 1935 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Monday April 9, 1990 at an age of 54. He was buried at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Waco [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Speegleville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Darrell Orvis Glenn

Roy Hargrove     (Roy Anthony Hargrove)

Musician. He was born in Waco (Texas) on Thursday October 16, 1969 and died in New York (New York) on Friday November 2, 2018 at an age of 49.

Waco [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Speegleville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Roy Hargrove

David Koresh

Cult Leader. He was born in Houston (Texas) on Monday August 17, 1959 and died in Waco (Texas) on Monday April 19, 1993 at an age of 33.

Waco [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Speegleville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: David Koresh

Lynwood Thomas 'Schoolboy' Rowe

Major League Baseball. He was born in Waco (Texas) on Tueday January 11, 1910 and died in El Dorado (Arkansas) on Sunday January 8, 1961 at an age of 51. He was buried at Arlington Cemetery (Union County, Arkansas) [Map].

Waco [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Speegleville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lynwood Thomas 'Schoolboy' Rowe

Hank Thompson     (Born as Henry William Thompson)

Musician, composer. He was born in Waco (Texas) on Thursday September 3, 1925 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Tueday November 6, 2007 at an age of 82. He was buried at Waco Memorial Park (McLennan County, Texas) [Map].

Waco [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Speegleville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Hank Thompson

Tony Thompson     (Anthony Ulysses Thompson, Jr.)

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Waco (Texas) on Tueday September 2, 1975 and died in Waco (Texas) on Friday June 1, 2007 at an age of 31.

Waco [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Speegleville

Waco [Map] is located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the east of Speegleville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tony Thompson

Communities Also Named Speegleville ...

While the name Speegleville is unique within Texas, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Texas


Hampton City

Our profile page for Speegleville, Hampton City

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Texas

About McLennan County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for McLennan County:

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Speegleville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Speegleville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5560, Longitude: -97.2525     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Speegleville 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 Speegleville 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 320.082 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.498 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.99 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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<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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Speegleville 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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