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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Spicewood 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 Spicewood. 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 Spicewood.

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

The Burnet County sighting report from eBird.

Since Spicewood is near Travis County and also Blanco County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Travis County

Sighting report for Blanco 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 Spicewood.

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

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

  • Burnet [Map], which is the Seat of Burnet County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Spicewood to Burnet, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 28 miles [45.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). The buggy would take just over a day and walking would take just about two full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,328 miles [2,137.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three full days, a buggy would take 52 days and walking would take 76 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,157 miles [11,518.1 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 7,889 miles [12,696.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,766 miles [9,279.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spicewood ...

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.

Buffalo Gap   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast of Spicewood   [Map]

Cottonwood Shores   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Cypress Mill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Edgewater Beach   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Horseshoe Bay   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Jonestown   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Marble Falls   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Mormon Mill (Historic)   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Point Venture   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Round Mountain   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Shovel Mountain   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [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 Spicewood. 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.

Cedric Montgomery Durst

Major League Baseball. He was born in Austin (Texas) on Sunday August 23, 1896 and died in San Diego (California) on Tueday February 16, 1971 at an age of 74. He was buried at El Camino Memorial Park (San Diego County, California) [Map].

Austin [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Spicewood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cedric Montgomery Durst<7>

Robert Gottschall

Actor. He was born in Dallas (Texas) on Wednesday September 15, 1915 and died in Austin (Texas) on Monday January 3, 2005 at an age of 89. He was buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

Austin [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Spicewood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Gottschall

Kenneth Don Gray

Professional football. He was born in San Saba (Texas) on Tueday March 10, 1936 and died in Round Rock (Texas) on Saturday November 25, 2017 at an age of 81. He was buried at Cherokee Cemetery (San Saba County, Texas) [Map].

Round Rock [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Spicewood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kenneth Don Gray

William Rodman 'Bill' Henry

Major League Baseball. He was born in Alice (Texas) on Saturday October 15, 1927 and died in Round Rock (Texas) on Friday April 11, 2014 at an age of 86. He was buried at South Park Cemetery (Brazoria County, Texas) [Map].

Round Rock [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the east of Spicewood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Rodman 'Bill' Henry

Lady Bird Johnson

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 - 1969). She was born in Karnack (Texas) on Sunday December 22, 1912 and died in Austin (Texas) on Wednesday July 11, 2007 at an age of 94. She was buried at Johnson Family Cemetery (Gillespie County, Texas) [Map].

Austin [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Spicewood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lady Bird Johnson

Brady Keys

Professional football. He was born in Austin (Texas) on Tueday May 19, 1936 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday October 24, 2017 at an age of 81. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Austin [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Spicewood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Brady Keys

Justin Mentell

Actor, artist. He was born in Austin (Texas) on Thursday December 16, 1982 and died in Mineral Point (Wisconsin) on Monday February 1, 2010 at an age of 27. He was buried at Restland Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Austin [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Spicewood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Justin Mentell

James Michener     (James Albert Michener)

Pulitzer Prize winning author. He was born in Doylestown (Pennsylvania) on Sunday February 3, 1907 and died in Austin (Texas) on Thursday October 16, 1997 at an age of 90.

Austin [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Spicewood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Michener

Buddy Miles     (George Allen Miles, Jr.)

Musician. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Friday September 5, 1947 and died in Austin (Texas) on Tueday February 26, 2008 at an age of 60.

Austin [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Spicewood

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buddy Miles

Communities Also Named Spicewood ...

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


Communities Outside of Texas

North Carolina

Guilford County

Our profile page for Spicewood, Guilford County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,126 miles [1,812.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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' (or 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- Spicewood) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Spicewood. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spicewood

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spicewood. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4755, Longitude: -98.1564     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spicewood 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 Spicewood 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 320.526 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.886 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.482 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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