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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Pharr, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Pharr and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks 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 this GPS location for Pharr:
    • 26.194915, -98.184049
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Pharr
  • 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:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Pharr ...

We found two communities that share the name Pharr.

Within Texas, the name Pharr is unique.

Beyond Texas, we know of another two communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Florida
      • Polk County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Florida community of Pharr [Polk County].
    • Georgia
      • Pickens County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Georgia community of Pharr [Pickens County].

Curious and Interesting Names Near Pharr ...

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.

  • Blue Rock
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blue Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blue Rock
    • Blue Rock is located in Hidalgo County
    • Blue Rock has also been known as:
    • Blue Rock Colonia
  • Border
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Border have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Border
    • Border is located in Hidalgo County
    • Border has also been known as:
    • Border Colonia
  • Borderland Retreat
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Borderland Retreat have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Borderland Retreat
    • Borderland Retreat is located in Hidalgo County
    • Borderland Retreat has also been known as:
    • Borderland Retreat Colonia
  • Clark
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clark have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clark
    • Clark is located in Hidalgo County
    • Clark has also been known as:
    • Clark Colonia
  • Edinburg
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
  • Isaacs
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Isaacs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Isaacs
    • Isaacs is located in Hidalgo County
    • Isaacs has also been known as:
    • Isaacs Colonia
  • Kane
    (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kane have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kane
    • Kane is located in Hidalgo County
  • Leslie
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leslie have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leslie
    • Leslie is located in Hidalgo County
    • Leslie has also been known as:
    • Leslie Colonia
  • Lunar Heights
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lunar Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lunar Heights
    • Lunar Heights is located in Hidalgo County
    • Lunar Heights has also been known as:
    • Lunar Heights Colonia
  • Paradise Park
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paradise Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paradise Park
    • Paradise Park is located in Hidalgo County
    • Paradise Park has also been known as:
    • Paradise Park Colonia
  • Post Oaks
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Post Oaks have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Post Oaks
    • Post Oaks is located in Hidalgo County
    • Post Oaks has also been known as:
    • Post Oaks Colonia
  • Red Barn
    (3 miles [4.8 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Barn have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Barn
    • Red Barn is located in Hidalgo County
    • Red Barn has also been known as:
    • Red Barn Colonia
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    • Rush
      (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rush have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rush
      • Rush is located in Hidalgo County
      • Rush has also been known as:
      • Rush Colonia
    • Storylane
      (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Storylane have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Storylane
      • Storylane is located in Hidalgo County
      • Storylane has also been known as:
      • Storylane Colonia
    • Sun Grove Park
      (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sun Grove Park have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sun Grove Park
      • Sun Grove Park is located in Hidalgo County
      • Sun Grove Park has also been known as:
      • Sun Grove Park Colonia
    • Sun Valley
      (5 miles [8 km] to the west)
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sun Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sun Valley
      • Sun Valley is located in Hidalgo County
      • Sun Valley has also been known as:
      • Sun Valley Colonia

How Far From Pharr to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Pharr to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<4> beginning in Pharr and extending to:

  • Edinburg, which is the Seat of Hidalgo County, lies just to the North.
  • Austin, which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 282 miles [453.8 km]<4> to the north (N). If you could drive a straight line from Pharr to Austin, with an average speed<5>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 16 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 11 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,505 miles [2,422.1 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 59 days and walking would take 86 days.
  • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 7,386 miles [11,886.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 8,103 miles [13,040.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,979 miles [9,622.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

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

The official website for Hidalgo County: www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Pharr 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.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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- Pharr) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pharr. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 26.1949, Longitude: -98.1840    
<5>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.
<6>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 Pharr to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 319.792 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.474 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.753 degrees.









 

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