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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Spur 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 Spur. 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 Spur.

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

The Dickens County sighting report from eBird.

Since Spur is near Kent County and also Crosby County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Kent County

Sighting report for Crosby 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 Spur.

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

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

  • Dickens [Map], which is the Seat of Dickens County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Spur to Dickens, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 286 miles [460.3 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,374 miles [2,211.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 54 days and walking would take 78 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,093 miles [11,415.1 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 7,839 miles [12,615.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,727 miles [9,216.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spur ...

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.

Corner Windmill   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Northeast of Spur   [Map]

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

Elton   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Glenn   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Polar   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Roaring Springs   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Soldiers Mound (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Wake   -   25 miles [40.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Communities Also Named Spur ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Spur.

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


Communities Outside of Texas

Colorado

Pitkin County

Our profile page for Spur, Pitkin County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

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

South Carolina

Lee County

Our profile page for Spur, Lee County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,177 miles [1,894.2 km] to the East.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Texas

About Dickens County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Spur. 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spur) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spur. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.4763, Longitude: -100.8509     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spur 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 Spur 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 322.81 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.954 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.467 degrees.

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<7>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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Spur 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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