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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Splawn 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 Splawn. 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 Splawn.

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

The Milam County sighting report from eBird.

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

Sighting report for Dickens 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 Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Splawn.

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

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

  • Cameron [Map], which is the Seat of Milam County, lies just to the South.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 63 miles [101.4 km] to the Southwest (SW). If you could walk a straight line from Splawn to Austin, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,253 miles [2,016.5 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 49 days and walking would take 72 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,089 miles [11,408.6 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 7,819 miles [12,583.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,696 miles [9,166.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Splawn ...

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.

Bowers   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West of Splawn   [Map]

Crossroads   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Cyclone   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Elm Ridge   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Jones Prairie   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Maysfield   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Meeks   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Minerva   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

New Colony   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Red Ranger   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

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

Terry Chapel   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Zipperlandville (Historic)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [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 Splawn. 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.

Earl Caldwell

Major League Baseball. He was born in Sparks (Texas) on Sunday April 9, 1905 and died in Mission (Texas) on Tueday September 15, 1981 at an age of 76. He was buried at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens (Hidalgo County, Texas) [Map].

Sparks [Map] is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the west of Splawn

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Caldwell<7>

Pee Wee Crayton     (Born as Connie Curtis Crayton)

Musician. He was born in Rockdale (Texas) on Friday December 18, 1914 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Tueday June 25, 1985 at an age of 70. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Rockdale [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the south of Splawn

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pee Wee Crayton

Virgil Lewis Johnson

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Cameron (Texas) on Sunday December 29, 1935 and died in Lubbock (Texas) on Sunday February 24, 2013 at an age of 77. He was buried at City of Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock County, Texas) [Map].

Cameron [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the south of Splawn

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Virgil Lewis Johnson

Terry Knight     (Born as Richard Terrance Knapp)

Musician. He was born in Flint (Michigan) on Friday April 9, 1943 and died in Temple (Texas) on Monday November 1, 2004 at an age of 61. He was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery (Lapeer County, Michigan) [Map].

Temple [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Splawn

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Terry Knight

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Texas

About Milam County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Splawn. 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 '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- Splawn) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Splawn. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.9202, Longitude: -96.9858     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Splawn 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 Splawn 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 319.814 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.102 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.933 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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