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South Dayton, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for South Dayton 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 South Dayton. 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 South Dayton.

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

The Liberty County sighting report from eBird.

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

Sighting report for Chambers 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

The website, centered on South Dayton.

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

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

  • Liberty [Map], which is the Seat of Liberty County, lies just to the Northeast.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 172 miles [276.8 km] to the West (W). If you could drive a straight line from South Dayton to Austin, with an average speed<2>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 1,183 miles [1,903.9 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,055 miles [11,353.9 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 7,775 miles [12,512.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,650 miles [9,092.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near South Dayton ...

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.

Cove   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the South of South Dayton   [Map]

Cow Island   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Gum Grove   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Happy Hideaway   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Ladd   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Liberty   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Martha   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Rock Island   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Tall Cedars   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [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 South Dayton. 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.

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr.

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 an age of 70. He was buried at Glenwood Cemetery (Harris County, Texas) [Map].

Humble [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the west of South Dayton

Houston [Map] is located 33 miles [53.1 km] to the southwest of South Dayton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Howard Robard Hughes, Jr.<7>

Howard Robard Hughes. Jr.

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 an age of 70. He was buried at Glenwood Cemetery (Harris County, Texas) [Map].

Humble [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the west of South Dayton

Houston [Map] is located 33 miles [53.1 km] to the southwest of South Dayton

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

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 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southwest of South Dayton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pete Runnels

Communities Also Named South Dayton ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name South Dayton.

While the name South Dayton is unique within Texas, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Texas


East Baton Rouge Parish

Our profile page for South Dayton, East Baton Rouge Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 224 miles [360.5 km] to the East.

New York

Cattaraugus County

Our profile page for South Dayton, Cattaraugus County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,223 miles [1,968.2 km] to the Northeast.


Montgomery County

Our profile page for South Dayton, Montgomery County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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


Rhea County

Our profile page for South Dayton, Rhea County   [Map]

Distance: About 685 miles [1,102.4 km] to the Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Texas

About Liberty County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Liberty County:

The official website for State of Texas:

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- South Dayton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Dayton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.9974, Longitude: -94.8655     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Dayton 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 South Dayton 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 318.301 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.204 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.125 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:

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<8>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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 South Dayton 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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