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Southfork Estates, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Southfork Estates 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 Southfork Estates. 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 Southfork Estates.

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

The Hidalgo County sighting report from eBird.

Since Southfork Estates is near Cameron County and also Starr County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Cameron County

Sighting report for Starr 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 Southfork Estates.

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

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

  • Edinburg [Map], which is the Seat of Hidalgo County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Southfork Estates to Edinburg, 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 289 miles [465.1 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 12 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,509 miles [2,428.5 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,391 miles [11,894.7 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 8,108 miles [13,048.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,984 miles [9,630.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Southfork Estates ...

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.

Border   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North of Southfork Estates   [Map]

Clark   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Kane   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Leslie   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Lunar Heights   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Paradise Park   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Red Barn   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [Map]

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

Sun Grove Park   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Sun Valley   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [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 Southfork Estates. 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.

Earl Caldwell

Major League Baseball. He was born in Sparks (Texas) on Sunday April 9, 1905 and died in Mission (Texas) on Tueday September 15, 1981 at an age of 76. He was buried at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens (Hidalgo County, Texas) [Map].

Mission [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest of Southfork Estates

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Caldwell<7>

Thomas Wade 'Tom' Landry

Professional football. He was born in Mission (Texas) on Thursday September 11, 1924 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Saturday February 12, 2000 at an age of 75. He was buried at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Mission [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest of Southfork Estates

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Wade 'Tom' Landry

Trinidad Silva

Actor. He was born in Mission (Texas) on Monday January 30, 1950 and died in Whittier (California) on Sunday July 31, 1988 at an age of 38. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Mission [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest of Southfork Estates

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Trinidad Silva

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Hidalgo County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Hidalgo County:

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Southfork Estates) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Southfork Estates. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 26.0965, Longitude: -98.1853     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Southfork Estates 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 Southfork Estates 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 319.774 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.439 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.757 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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