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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Spurlin 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 Spurlin. 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 Spurlin.

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

The Hamilton County sighting report from eBird.

Since Spurlin is near Comanche County and also Erath County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Comanche County

Sighting report for Erath 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 Spurlin.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Spurlin once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Spurlin and extending to:

  • Hamilton [Map], which is the Seat of Hamilton County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Spurlin to Hamilton, with an average speed<3> 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 111 miles [178.6 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,280 miles [2,060 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 50 days and walking would take 73 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,084 miles [11,400.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • 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).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,698 miles [9,170 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Spurlin ...

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.

Aleman   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the South of Spurlin   [Map]

Edna Hill   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Energy   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Fairy   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Hazeldell   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Pottsville   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Sunshine   -   Less than 2 miles 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 Spurlin. 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.

James Otto 'Tex' Carleton

Major League Baseball. He was born in Comanche (Texas) on Sunday August 19, 1906 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Tueday January 11, 1977 at an age of 70. He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery (Comanche County, Texas) [Map].

Comanche [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Spurlin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Otto 'Tex' Carleton<8>

Mark Harelik     (Marcus Frank Harelik)

Actor, playwright. He was born in Hamilton (Texas) on Tueday June 5, 1951

Hamilton [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the south of Spurlin

Ben Hogan

Professional golf. He was born in Stephenville (Texas) on Tueday August 13, 1912 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Friday July 25, 1997 at an age of 84. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Stephenville [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the north of Spurlin

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ben Hogan

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Texas

About Hamilton County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Spurlin, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Spurlin) 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 Spurlin. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spurlin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spurlin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8438, Longitude: -98.1389     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spurlin have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Spurlin to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 320.716 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.282 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.357 degrees.

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<8>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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