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Introduction ...

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

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

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Martha

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 Martha. 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 Martha.

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

Sighting report for Liberty County

Since Martha is near Harris County and also Chambers County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Harris County

Sighting report for Chambers County

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Martha ...

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 wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Franklin   -   14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the Northeast of Martha   [Map]

Gum Grove   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Happy Hideaway   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Heathergate   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hidden Echo   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Jacob Settlement   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Ladd   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the South   [Map]

Liberty   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Plum Grove   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Rock Island   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Tall Cedars   -   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 Martha. 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.

Producer, director, aviator, businessman. He was born in Humble (Texas) on Sunday December 24, 1905 and died in Houston (Texas) on Monday April 5, 1976 at the age of 70. He was buried at Glenwood Cemetery (Harris County, Texas) [Map].

Humble [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the west of Martha

Houston [Map] is located 34 miles [54.7 km] to the southwest of Martha

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Howard Robard Hughes, Jr.<2>

Producer, director, aviator, engineer, businessman, philanthropist. He was born in Humble (Texas) on Sunday December 24, 1905 and died in Houston (Texas) on Monday April 5, 1976 at the age of 70. He was buried at Glenwood Cemetery (Harris County, Texas) [Map].

Humble [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the west of Martha

Houston [Map] is located 34 miles [54.7 km] to the southwest of Martha

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Howard Robard Hughes. Jr.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Martha and extending to:

  • Liberty [Map], which is the Seat of Liberty County, lies just to the East Southeast.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 169 miles [272 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from Martha to Austin, with an average speed<3>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,182 miles [1,902.2 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 47 days and walking would take 68 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,052 miles [11,349.1 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 7,773 miles [12,509.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,648 miles [9,089.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Texas

About Liberty County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Liberty County: www.co.liberty.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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Martha) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Martha. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.0869, Longitude: -94.9183     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Martha have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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.
<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.
<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 Martha to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 318.348 degrees.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.27 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.138 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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