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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Chocolate Bayou 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 Chocolate Bayou. 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 Chocolate Bayou.

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

The Brazoria County sighting report from eBird.

Since Chocolate Bayou is near Galveston County and also Harris County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Galveston County

Sighting report for Harris 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 Chocolate Bayou.

How Far From Chocolate Bayou 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 community such as Chocolate Bayou to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Angleton [Map], which is the Seat of Brazoria County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Chocolate Bayou to Angleton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 163 miles [262.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,230 miles [1,979.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 48 days and walking would take 70 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,106 miles [11,436 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 7,825 miles [12,593.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,700 miles [9,173.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Chocolate Bayou ...

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.

China Grove   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West of Chocolate Bayou   [Map]

Chocolate Springs   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Eagles Point   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

El Dorado   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Falcon Ridge   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Fieldcrest Forest   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Fox Meadows   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Frenchmans Creek   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Friendswood   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Friendswood Crossing   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Friendswood Gardens   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Hillcrest   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]

Imperial Gardens   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Iowa Colony   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

League City   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Liverpool   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]

Mustang Meadows   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Polly Oaks   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Sandy Point   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Sun Meadow   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Sunpark   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Sunset Meadows   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Sunwood   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Wilderness Trails   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Windsong   -   12 miles [19.3 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 Chocolate Bayou. 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.

Charles Mose Brown

Musician. He was born in Texas City (Texas) on Wednesday September 13, 1922 and died in Oakland (California) on Thursday January 21, 1999 at an age of 76. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Texas City [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Chocolate Bayou

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Mose Brown<7>

Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan

Aviation pioneer. He was born in Galveston (Texas) on Tueday January 22, 1907 and died in Santa Ana (California) on Saturday December 9, 1995 at an age of 88. He was buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park (Orange County, California) [Map].

Galveston [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Chocolate Bayou

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan

Elliott Dexter

Actor. He was born in Galveston (Texas) on Tueday March 29, 1870 and died in Amityville (New York) on Monday June 23, 1941 at an age of 71. He was buried at Kensico Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

Galveston [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Chocolate Bayou

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Elliott Dexter

Louis George 'L.G.' Dupre

Professional football. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Saturday September 10, 1932 and died in Texas City (Texas) on Thursday August 9, 2001 at an age of 68. He was buried at Forest Park East Cemetery (Harris County, Texas) [Map].

Texas City [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the northeast of Chocolate Bayou

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Louis George 'L.G.' Dupre

Jack 'Galveston Giant' Johnson     (Born as John Arthur Johnson)

Professional boxer. He was born in Galveston (Texas) on Sunday March 31, 1878 and died in Franklinton (North Carolina) on Monday June 10, 1946 at an age of 68. He was buried at Graceland Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Galveston [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Chocolate Bayou

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jack 'Galveston Giant' Johnson

Frank Millard

Professional baseball. He was born in East Saint Louis (Illinois) on Tueday July 4, 1865 and died in Galveston (Texas) on Monday July 4, 1892 at an age of 27. He was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Galveston [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Chocolate Bayou

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank Millard

Frank E. Millard

Professional baseball. He was born in East Saint Louis (Illinois) on Tueday July 4, 1865 and died in Galveston (Texas) on Monday July 4, 1892 at an age of 27. He was buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery (Saint Louis City, Missouri) [Map].

Galveston [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Chocolate Bayou

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Frank E. Millard

Pete Runnels

Major League Baseball. He was born in Lufkin (Texas) on Saturday January 28, 1928 and died in Pasadena (Texas) on Monday May 20, 1991 at an age of 63. He was buried at Forest Park East Cemetery (Harris County, Texas) [Map].

Pasadena [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Chocolate Bayou

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pete Runnels

King Vidor

Director. He was born in Galveston (Texas) on Thursday February 8, 1894 and died in Paso Robles (California) on Monday November 1, 1982 at an age of 88.

Galveston [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the east of Chocolate Bayou

Find-A-Grave Memorial: King Vidor

Katie Webster     (Born as Kathryn Jewel Thorne)

Entertainer. She was born in Houston (Texas) on Thursday January 9, 1936 and died in League City (Texas) on Sunday September 5, 1999 at an age of 63. She was buried at Forest Park East Cemetery (Harris County, Texas) [Map].

Houston [Map] is located 31 miles [49.9 km] to the north of Chocolate Bayou

League City [Map] is located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast of Chocolate Bayou

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Katie Webster

Clarence 'Sweeny' Williams

Professional football. He was born in Brazoria (Texas) on Tueday September 3, 1946 and died in Cincinnati (Ohio) on Monday May 8, 2017 at an age of 70. He was buried at Cemetery of Spring Grove (Hamilton County, Ohio) [Map].

Brazoria [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Chocolate Bayou

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Clarence 'Sweeny' Williams

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Texas

About Brazoria County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Brazoria County: www.brazoria-county.com/

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Chocolate Bayou) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Chocolate Bayou. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.3133, Longitude: -95.2522     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Chocolate Bayou 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 Chocolate Bayou 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 318.447 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.287 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.352 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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