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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Springfield 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 Springfield. 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 Springfield.

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

The Anderson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Springfield is near Henderson County and also Freestone County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Henderson County

Sighting report for Freestone 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 Springfield.

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

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

  • Palestine [Map], which is the Seat of Anderson County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Springfield to Palestine, 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 five to six hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 164 miles [263.9 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,155 miles [1,858.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 46 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 6,988 miles [11,246.1 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 7,718 miles [12,420.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,594 miles [9,002.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Springfield ...

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.

Blackfoot   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest of Springfield   [Map]

Cross Roads   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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

Greens Bluff   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Shady Oaks   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Tennessee Colony   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Virginia Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Yard (Historic)   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [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 Springfield. 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.

Pete Donohue

Major League Baseball. He was born in Athens (Texas) on Monday November 5, 1900 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Tueday February 23, 1988 at an age of 87. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Athens [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Springfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pete Donohue<7>

Jack Pepper     (Born as Edward Jackson Culpepper)

Actor. He was born in Palestine (Texas) on Saturday June 14, 1902 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday April 1, 1979 at an age of 76. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Palestine [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southeast of Springfield

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jack Pepper

Communities Also Named Springfield ...

We have found 105 communities that share the name Springfield.

Within Texas, there are 2 communities which are also named Springfield. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 90 communities in the United States and Canada - with 86 of those located in the United States.

In addition to the above occurrences of Springfield, we know of 13 communities located outside of the United States and Canada.

We have broken our list into three sections:

Other communities located in Texas

Communities outside of Texas

Communities located internationally


Other Communities Located In Texas

Jim Wells County

Our profile page for Springfield, Jim Wells County   [Map]

Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the South Southwest.

Limestone County

Our profile page for Springfield, Limestone County   [Map]

Distance: About 45 miles [72.4 km] to the West Southwest.


Communities Outside of Texas

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Alabama

Clarke County

Our profile page for Springfield, Clarke County   [Map]

Distance: About 471 miles [758 km] to the East.

Elmore County

Our profile page for Springfield, Elmore County   [Map]

Distance: About 551 miles [886.7 km] to the East.

Lauderdale County

Our profile page for Springfield, Lauderdale County   [Map]

Distance: About 524 miles [843.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Randolph County

Our profile page for Springfield, Randolph County   [Map]

Distance: About 615 miles [989.7 km] to the East.

Arkansas

Conway County

Our profile page for Springfield, Conway County   [Map]

Distance: About 293 miles [471.5 km] to the Northeast.

Mississippi County

Our profile page for Springfield, Mississippi County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 417 miles [671.1 km] to the Northeast.

California

Tuolumne County

Our profile page for Springfield, Tuolumne County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,447 miles [2,328.7 km] to the West Northwest.

Colorado

Baca County

Our profile page for Springfield, Baca County   [Map]

Distance: About 537 miles [864.2 km] to the Northwest.

Florida

Bay County

Our profile page for Springfield, Bay County   [Map]

Distance: About 615 miles [989.7 km] to the East.

Duval County

Our profile page for Springfield, Duval County   [Map]

Distance: About 843 miles [1,356.7 km] to the East.

Georgia

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Springfield, Cherokee County   [Map]

Distance: About 669 miles [1,076.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Clayton County

Our profile page for Springfield, Clayton County   [Map]

Distance: About 676 miles [1,087.9 km] to the East Northeast.

DeKalb County

Our profile page for Springfield, DeKalb County   [Map]

Distance: About 678 miles [1,091.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Dougherty County

Our profile page for Springfield, Dougherty County   [Map]

Distance: About 677 miles [1,089.5 km] to the East.

Early County

Our profile page for Springfield, Early County   [Map]

Distance: About 641 miles [1,031.6 km] to the East.

Effingham County

Our profile page for Springfield, Effingham County   [Map]

Distance: About 846 miles [1,361.5 km] to the East.

Hancock County

Our profile page for Springfield, Hancock County   [Map]

Distance: About 752 miles [1,210.2 km] to the East.

Newton County

Our profile page for Springfield, Newton County   [Map]

Distance: About 695 miles [1,118.5 km] to the East Northeast.

Richmond County

Our profile page for Springfield, Richmond County   [Map]

Distance: About 803 miles [1,292.3 km] to the East.

Taliaferro County

Our profile page for Springfield, Taliaferro County   [Map]

Distance: About 754 miles [1,213.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Idaho

Bingham County

Our profile page for Springfield, Bingham County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,196 miles [1,924.8 km] to the Northwest.

Illinois

Sangamon County

Our profile page for Springfield, Sangamon County   [Map]

Distance: About 637 miles [1,025.2 km] to the North Northeast.

Indiana

Franklin County

Our profile page for Springfield, Franklin County

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

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

LaPorte County

Our profile page for Springfield, LaPorte County   [Map]

Distance: About 835 miles [1,343.8 km] to the North Northeast.

Posey County

Our profile page for Springfield, Posey County   [Map]

Distance: About 612 miles [984.9 km] to the Northeast.

Iowa

Keokuk County

Our profile page for Springfield, Keokuk County

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

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

Kansas

Anderson County

Our profile page for Springfield, Anderson County

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

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

Brown County

Our profile page for Springfield, Brown County

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

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

Cherokee County

Our profile page for Springfield, Cherokee County

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

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

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Springfield, Jefferson County

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

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

Linn County

Our profile page for Springfield, Linn County

This community is historic.

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

Mitchell County

Our profile page for Springfield, Mitchell County

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

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

Seward County

Our profile page for Springfield, Seward County

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

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

Wabaunsee County

Our profile page for Springfield, Wabaunsee County

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

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

Kentucky

Washington County

Our profile page for Springfield, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 717 miles [1,153.9 km] to the Northeast.

Louisiana

Livingston Parish

Our profile page for Springfield, Livingston Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 328 miles [527.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Maine

Penobscot County

Our profile page for Springfield, Penobscot County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,741 miles [2,801.9 km] to the Northeast.

Manitoba

Our profile page for Springfield   [Map]

Distance: About 1,244 miles [2,002 km] to the North.

Maryland

Calvert County

Our profile page for Springfield, Calvert County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,172 miles [1,886.2 km] to the East Northeast.

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Springfield, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,153 miles [1,855.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Prince George's County

Our profile page for Springfield, Prince George's County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,169 miles [1,881.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Talbot County

Our profile page for Springfield, Talbot County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,201 miles [1,932.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Massachusetts

Hampden County

Our profile page for Springfield, Hampden County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,453 miles [2,338.4 km] to the Northeast.

Michigan

Calhoun County

Our profile page for Springfield, Calhoun County   [Map]

Distance: About 919 miles [1,479 km] to the Northeast.

Kalkaska County

Our profile page for Springfield, Kalkaska County

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

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

Oakland County

Our profile page for Springfield, Oakland County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,002 miles [1,612.6 km] to the Northeast.

Minnesota

Brown County

Our profile page for Springfield, Brown County   [Map]

Distance: About 847 miles [1,363.1 km] to the North.

Mississippi

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Springfield, Jefferson County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 271 miles [436.1 km] to the East.

Missouri

Greene County

Our profile page for Springfield, Greene County   [Map]

Distance: About 387 miles [622.8 km] to the North Northeast.

Nebraska

Sarpy County

Our profile page for Springfield, Sarpy County   [Map]

Distance: About 628 miles [1,010.7 km] to the North.

New Brunswick

Our profile page for Springfield   [Map]

Distance: About 1,783 miles [2,869.5 km] to the Northeast.

New Hampshire

Sullivan County

Our profile page for Springfield, Sullivan County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,513 miles [2,434.9 km] to the Northeast.

New Jersey

Burlington County

Our profile page for Springfield, Burlington County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,301 miles [2,093.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Union County

Our profile page for Springfield, Union County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,333 miles [2,145.3 km] to the East Northeast.

New York

Otsego County

Our profile page for Springfield, Otsego County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,365 miles [2,196.8 km] to the Northeast.

Queens County

Our profile page for Springfield, Queens County

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

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

Newfoundland and Labrador

Our profile page for Springfield   [Map]

Distance: About 2,459 miles [3,957.4 km] to the Northeast.

North Carolina

Guilford County

Our profile page for Springfield, Guilford County   [Map]

Distance: About 944 miles [1,519.2 km] to the East Northeast.

Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Springfield, Mecklenburg County   [Map]

Distance: About 884 miles [1,422.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Scotland County

Our profile page for Springfield, Scotland County   [Map]

Distance: About 956 miles [1,538.5 km] to the East Northeast.

Wilkes County

Our profile page for Springfield, Wilkes County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 886 miles [1,425.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Springfield

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

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

Ohio

Clark County

Our profile page for Springfield, Clark County   [Map]

Distance: About 865 miles [1,392.1 km] to the Northeast.

Ontario

Our profile page for Springfield

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

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

Oregon

Lane County

Our profile page for Springfield, Lane County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,685 miles [2,711.7 km] to the Northwest.

Pennsylvania

Bradford County

Our profile page for Springfield, Bradford County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,248 miles [2,008.5 km] to the Northeast.

Chester County

Our profile page for Springfield, Chester County

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

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

Cumberland County

Our profile page for Springfield, Cumberland County

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

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

Delaware County

Our profile page for Springfield, Delaware County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,265 miles [2,035.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Erie County

Our profile page for Springfield, Erie County

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

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

Prince Edward Island

Our profile page for Springfield   [Map]

Distance: About 1,973 miles [3,175.2 km] to the Northeast.

South Carolina

Beaufort County

Our profile page for Springfield, Beaufort County   [Map]

Distance: About 886 miles [1,425.9 km] to the East.

Charleston County

Our profile page for Springfield, Charleston County   [Map]

Distance: About 919 miles [1,479 km] to the East.

Orangeburg County

Our profile page for Springfield, Orangeburg County   [Map]

Distance: About 849 miles [1,366.3 km] to the East.

Spartanburg County

Our profile page for Springfield, Spartanburg County

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

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

South Dakota

Bon Homme County

Our profile page for Springfield, Bon Homme County   [Map]

Distance: About 759 miles [1,221.5 km] to the North.

Tennessee

Blount County

Our profile page for Springfield, Blount County   [Map]

Distance: About 728 miles [1,171.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Robertson County

Our profile page for Springfield, Robertson County   [Map]

Distance: About 597 miles [960.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Vermont

Windsor County

Our profile page for Springfield, Windsor County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,487 miles [2,393.1 km] to the Northeast.

Virginia

Albemarle County

Our profile page for Springfield, Albemarle County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,067 miles [1,717.2 km] to the East Northeast.

Danville City

Our profile page for Springfield, Danville City   [Map]

Distance: About 984 miles [1,583.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Fairfax County

Our profile page for Springfield, Fairfax County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,145 miles [1,842.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Fauquier County

Our profile page for Springfield, Fauquier County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,108 miles [1,783.2 km] to the East Northeast.

Page County

Our profile page for Springfield, Page County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,079 miles [1,736.5 km] to the East Northeast.

Rockbridge County

Our profile page for Springfield, Rockbridge County   [Map]

Distance: About 996 miles [1,602.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Springfield, Westmoreland County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,144 miles [1,841.1 km] to the East Northeast.

York County

Our profile page for Springfield, York County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,146 miles [1,844.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Washington

Pierce County

Our profile page for Springfield, Pierce County

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

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

West Virginia

Hampshire County

Our profile page for Springfield, Hampshire County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,086 miles [1,747.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Wisconsin

Walworth County

Our profile page for Springfield, Walworth County   [Map]

Distance: About 839 miles [1,350.2 km] to the North Northeast.


Communities Located Internationally

Just a reminder: Our measurements are based on the Great Circle Route. See footnote <3>


Australia

- Tasmania   [Map]

Distance: About 8,940 miles [14,387.5 km] to the West Southwest

- Victoria   [Map]

Distance: About 9,024 miles [14,522.7 km] to the West Southwest

- South Australia   [Map]

Distance: About 9,326 miles [15,008.7 km] to the West Southwest

Barbados   [Map]

Distance: About 2,631 miles [4,234.2 km] to the East Southeast

Scotland   [Map]

Distance: About 4,507 miles [7,253.3 km] to the Northeast

England   [Map]

Distance: About 4,764 miles [7,666.9 km] to the Northeast

Ireland   [Map]

Distance: About 4,422 miles [7,116.5 km] to the Northeast

Jamaica

- Saint Elizabeth   [Map]

Distance: About 1,468 miles [2,362.5 km] to the Southeast

- Saint Thomas   [Map]

Distance: About 1,557 miles [2,505.7 km] to the Southeast

New Zealand

- Canterbury   [Map]

Distance: About 7,790 miles [12,536.8 km] to the Southwest

- Bay of Plenty   [Map]

Distance: About 7,434 miles [11,963.9 km] to the Southwest

South Africa

- Eastern Cape   [Map]

Distance: About 9,076 miles [14,606.4 km] to the East Southeast

- Orange Free State   [Map]

Distance: About 9,077 miles [14,608 km] to the East Southeast

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Find a Community located in Texas

About Anderson County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Anderson County: www.co.anderson.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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Springfield) 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 Springfield. 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 Springfield

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Springfield. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.9868, Longitude: -95.8052     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Springfield 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 Springfield 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 319.182 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.495 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.31 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 Springfield, 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 Springfield 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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