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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

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

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

The Harris County sighting report from eBird.

Since South Houston is near Brazoria County and also Galveston County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Brazoria County

Sighting report for Galveston 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 South Houston.

How Far From South Houston 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 city such as South Houston 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 Houston and extending to:

  • Houston [Map], which is the Seat of Harris County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from South Houston to Houston, with an average speed<2> 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 156 miles [251.1 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 6 days and walking would take 9 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,214 miles [1,953.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 48 days and walking would take 69 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,087 miles [11,405.4 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 7,807 miles [12,564.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,682 miles [9,144.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near South Houston ...

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.

Galena Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North of South Houston   [Map]

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

Greenway Place   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Gulf Palms   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Highland Meadows   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Humble Camp   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Kings Court   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]

Meadow Creek Village   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]

Pecan Park   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Red Bluff   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Scarsdale   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Skyscraper Shadows   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Sun Valley   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Tarrytown   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [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 Houston. 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.

Johnny Ace     (Born as John Marshall Alexander, Jr.)

Musician. He was born in Memphis (Tennessee) on Sunday June 9, 1929 and died in Houston (Texas) on Saturday December 25, 1954 at an age of 25. He was buried at New Park Cemetery (Shelby County, Tennessee) [Map].

Houston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Johnny Ace<7>

Jewel Akens

Singer. He was born in Houston (Texas) on Tueday September 12, 1933 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Friday March 1, 2013 at an age of 79. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Houston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jewel Akens

Alan Dante 'The Horse' Ameche

Professional football. He was born in Kenosha (Wisconsin) on Thursday June 1, 1933 and died in Houston (Texas) on Monday August 8, 1988 at an age of 55. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Houston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alan Dante 'The Horse' Ameche

Curtis Edward Amy

Musician. He was born in Houston (Texas) on Friday October 11, 1929 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday June 5, 2002 at an age of 72. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Houston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Curtis Edward Amy

Donald 'Red' Barry

Actor. He was born in Houston (Texas) on Thursday January 11, 1912 and died in Hollywood (California) on Thursday July 17, 1980 at an age of 68. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Houston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Donald 'Red' Barry

Stanwood Fulton 'Stan' Baumgartner

Major League Baseball. He was born in Houston (Texas) on Friday December 14, 1894 and died in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) on Tueday October 4, 1955 at an age of 60. He was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania) [Map].

Houston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Stanwood Fulton 'Stan' Baumgartner

Alan Bean     (Alan LaVern Bean)

Astronaut, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, painter. He was born in Wheeler (Texas) on Tueday March 15, 1932 and died in Houston (Texas) on Saturday May 26, 2018 at an age of 86. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington County, Virginia) [Map].

Houston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Alan Bean

Ricky Lynn Bell

Professional football. He was born in Houston (Texas) on Friday April 8, 1955 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday November 28, 1984 at an age of 29. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Houston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ricky Lynn Bell

Billy Bizor

Musician. He was born in Centerville (Texas) on Wednesday September 3, 1913 and died in Houston (Texas) on Friday April 4, 1969 at an age of 55. He was buried at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery (Harris County, Texas) [Map].

Houston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Bizor

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 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charles Mose Brown

Barbara Bush

First Lady to President of George H.W. Bush (Presidenticy 1900-1900). She was born in New York (New York) on Monday June 8, 1925 and died in Houston (Texas) on Tueday April 17, 2018 at an age of 92.

Houston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Barbara Bush

George H.W. Bush     (George Herbert Walker Bush)

41st President of the US (1989 - 1993). He was born in Milton (Massachusetts) on Thursday June 12, 1924 and died in Houston (Texas).

Houston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: George H.W. Bush

Dixie Carter     (Dixie Virginia Carter)

Actress. She was born in McLemoresville (Tennessee) on Saturday May 25, 1929 and died in Houston (Texas) on Saturday April 10, 2010 at an age of 80. She was buried at McLemoresville Cemetery (Carroll County, Tennessee) [Map].

Houston [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of South Houston

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dixie Carter

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Texas

About Harris County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harris County: www.co.harris.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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Houston) 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 South Houston. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South Houston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Houston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.6611, Longitude: -95.2285     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Houston 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 Houston 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 318.484 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.376 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.309 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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