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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Sperry 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 Sperry. 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 Sperry.

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

The Grayson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Sperry is near Collin County and also Cooke County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Collin County

Sighting report for Cooke 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 Sperry.

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

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

  • Sherman [Map], which is the Seat of Grayson County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 233 miles [375 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Sperry to Austin, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 14 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,154 miles [1,857.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 45 days and walking would take 66 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,941 miles [11,170.5 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 7,677 miles [12,354.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,557 miles [8,943.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sperry ...

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.

Elm View   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest of Sperry   [Map]

Ethel   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Gage   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Hanger   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Ida   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Kelly   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Mormon Grove (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Tom Bean   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Tribune   -   8 miles [12.9 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 Sperry. 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.

Gene Autry     (Orvon Grover Autry)

Actor, singer, Major League Baseball. He was born in Burns City (Texas) on Sunday September 29, 1907 and died in Studio City (California) on Friday October 2, 1998 at an age of 91. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Burns City [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Sperry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gene Autry<7>

Benny Binion

Businessman, founder of Binion's Horseshoe Casino. He was born in Pilot Grove (Texas) on Sunday November 20, 1904 and died in Las Vegas (Nevada) on Monday December 25, 1989 at an age of 85. He was buried at Bunkers Eden Vale Cemetery (Nevada).

Pilot Grove [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the east of Sperry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Benny Binion

Bettye 'Mighty Mite' Danoff

Professional golf. She was born in Dallas (Texas) on Monday May 21, 1923 and died in McKinney (Texas) on Thursday December 22, 2011 at an age of 88. She was buried at Laurel Land Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

McKinney [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the south of Sperry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Bettye 'Mighty Mite' Danoff

Dwight D. Eisenhower     (Dwight David Eisenhower)

34th President of the US (1953 - 1961). He was born in Denison (Texas) on Tueday October 14, 1890 and died in Washington, DC [Map] on Friday March 28, 1969 at an age of 78.

Denison [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northeast of Sperry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Booker Telleferro Ervin, II

Musician. He was born in Denison (Texas) on Friday October 31, 1930 and died in New York (New York) on Monday August 31, 1970 at an age of 39. He was buried at Long Island National Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Denison [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northeast of Sperry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Booker Telleferro Ervin, II

Mike Gaechter     (Michael Theodore Gaechter)

Professional football. He was born in Santa Monica (California) on Tueday January 9, 1940 and died in Frisco (Texas) on Monday August 17, 2015 at an age of 75. He was buried at Restland Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Frisco [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Sperry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Mike Gaechter

Lee 'Lefty' Grissom

Major League Baseball. He was born in Sherman (Texas) on Wednesday October 23, 1907 and died in Corning (California) on Sunday October 4, 1998 at an age of 91. He was buried at Sunset Hill Cemetery (Tehama County, California) [Map].

Sherman [Map] is located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the northeast of Sperry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lee 'Lefty' Grissom

John Hillerman

Actor. He was born in Denison (Texas) on Tueday December 20, 1932 and died in Houston (Texas) on Thursday November 9, 2017 at an age of 84.

Denison [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the northeast of Sperry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Hillerman

Forrest Matthews

Actor. He was born in McKinney (Texas) on Thursday September 24, 1908 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Thursday November 22, 1951 at an age of 43. He was buried at Restland Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

McKinney [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the south of Sperry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Forrest Matthews

Ray Renfro

Professional football. He was born in Whitesboro (Texas) on Thursday November 7, 1929 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Monday August 4, 1997 at an age of 67. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Whitesboro [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest of Sperry

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ray Renfro

Communities Also Named Sperry ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Sperry.

While the name Sperry is unique within Texas, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Texas

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California

San Bernardino County

Our profile page for Sperry, San Bernardino County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 1,117 miles [1,797.6 km] to the West Northwest.

Florida

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Sperry, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 927 miles [1,491.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Georgia

Houston County

Our profile page for Sperry, Houston County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<9>

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

Iowa

Des Moines County

Our profile page for Sperry, Des Moines County   [Map]

Distance: About 596 miles [959.2 km] to the North Northeast.

Minnesota

Martin County

Our profile page for Sperry, Martin County

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

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

Missouri

Adair County

Our profile page for Sperry, Adair County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 520 miles [836.9 km] to the North Northeast.

Oklahoma

Tulsa County

Our profile page for Sperry, Tulsa County   [Map]

Distance: About 195 miles [313.8 km] to the North.

Washington

Franklin County

Our profile page for Sperry, Franklin County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,454 miles [2,340 km] to the Northwest.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Grayson County: www.co.grayson.tx.us/

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sperry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5307, Longitude: -96.7086     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sperry 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 Sperry 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 319.974 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.621 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.533 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>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 Sperry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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 Sperry 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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