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Spring Gardens, Texas

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The location of Spring Gardens

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Spring Gardens 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 Spring Gardens. 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 Spring Gardens.

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

The Hidalgo County sighting report from eBird.

Since Spring Gardens is near Willacy County and also Cameron County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Willacy County

Sighting report for Cameron 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 Spring Gardens.

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

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

  • Edinburg [Map], which is the Seat of Hidalgo County, lies just to the South Southwest.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 269 miles [432.9 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Spring Gardens to Austin, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 16 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,494 miles [2,404.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 59 days and walking would take 85 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,374 miles [11,867.3 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 8,092 miles [13,022.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,967 miles [9,603 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spring Gardens ...

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.

Cottonwood   -   Less than 2 miles to the West of Spring Gardens   [Map]

Edinburg   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Lull   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Meadow Lands   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]

Merrill   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

River Bend   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Sandy Ridge   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]

Seminary Village   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]

Summerwood   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Tower Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Twin Lake   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Spring Gardens. 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].

Mission [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest of Spring Gardens

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

Thomas Wade 'Tom' Landry

Professional football. He was born in Mission (Texas) on Thursday September 11, 1924 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Saturday February 12, 2000 at an age of 75. He was buried at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Mission [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest of Spring Gardens

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Wade 'Tom' Landry

Trinidad Silva

Actor. He was born in Mission (Texas) on Monday January 30, 1950 and died in Whittier (California) on Sunday July 31, 1988 at an age of 38. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Mission [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest of Spring Gardens

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Trinidad Silva

Communities Also Named Spring Gardens ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Spring Gardens.

While the name Spring Gardens is unique within Texas, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Texas


Baltimore City

Our profile page for Spring Gardens, Baltimore City   [Map]

Distance: About 1,525 miles [2,454.2 km] to the Northeast.

New Jersey

Mercer County

Our profile page for Spring Gardens, Mercer County

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Texas

About Hidalgo County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Hidalgo County:

The official website for State of Texas:

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- Spring Gardens) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spring Gardens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 26.3773, Longitude: -98.1283     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spring Gardens 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 Spring Gardens 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 319.792 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.497 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.722 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 Spring Gardens 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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