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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Southton 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 Southton. 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 Southton.

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

The Bexar County sighting report from eBird.

Since Southton is near Wilson County and also Atascosa County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Wilson County

Sighting report for Atascosa 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 Southton.

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

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

  • San Antonio [Map], which is the Seat of Bexar County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Southton to San Antonio, 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 78 miles [125.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,385 miles [2,228.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 55 days and walking would take 79 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,230 miles [11,635.6 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 7,959 miles [12,808.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,835 miles [9,390.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Southton ...

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.

Carpenter   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East of Southton   [Map]

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

Graytown   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Hilltop   -   Less than 2 miles to the Northeast   [Map]

Kirby   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Lone Oak   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Martinez   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Sandy Oaks   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Valley Hi   -   14 miles [22.5 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 Southton. 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.

Percy Barbat     (Percy Dewitt Barbat)

Actor. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Tueday May 23, 1882 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Sunday June 20, 1965 at an age of 83.

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Percy Barbat<7>

Glenn Corbett     (Born as Glenn Edwin Rothenburg)

Actor. He was born in El Monte (California) on Thursday August 17, 1933 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Saturday January 16, 1993 at an age of 59. He was buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Glenn Corbett

Joan Crawford     (Born as Lucille Fay LeSueur)

Oscar winning actress. She was born in San Antonio (Texas) on Wednesday March 23, 1904 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday May 10, 1977 at an age of 73. She was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joan Crawford

Summer Glau     (Summer Lyn Glau)

Actress. She was born in San Antonio (Texas) on Friday July 24, 1981

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Herb Gary

Professional football. He was born on Tueday June 12, 1934 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Friday January 21, 2011 at an age of 76. He was buried at St. James Catholic Cemetery (Webster County, Iowa) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herb Gary

Ann Harding

Actress. She was born in San Antonio (Texas) on Thursday August 7, 1902 and died in Sherman Oaks (California) on Tueday September 1, 1981 at an age of 79. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ann Harding

Joe Jimenez

Professional golf. He was born in San Antonio (Texas) on Thursday June 10, 1926 and died in Leon Springs (Texas) on Saturday August 11, 2007 at an age of 81. He was buried at Mission Burial Park South (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Leon Springs [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Jimenez

Lyndon B. Johnson     (Lyndon Baines Johnson)

36th President of the US (1963 - 1969). He was born in Stonewall (Texas) on Thursday August 27, 1908 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Monday January 22, 1973 at an age of 64. He was buried at Johnson Family Cemetery (Gillespie County, Texas) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lyndon B. Johnson

Johnny Lucadello

Major League Baseball. He was born in Thurber (Texas) on Sunday February 22, 1920 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Tueday October 30, 2001 at an age of 81. He was buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Johnny Lucadello

Pola Negri

Actress. She was born in Lipno (Poland) [Map] on Sunday December 31, 1899 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Saturday August 1, 1987 at an age of 87. She was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pola Negri

Carl Scheib

Major League Baseball. He was born in Gratz (Pennsylvania) on Saturday January 1, 1927 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Saturday March 24, 2018 at an age of 91.

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Carl Scheib

Ginny Simms     (Born as Virginia Eastvold)

Singer, Actress. She was born in San Antonio (Texas) on Tueday May 13, 1913 and died in Palm Springs (California) on Monday April 4, 1994 at an age of 80. She was buried at Desert Memorial Park (Riverside County, California) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ginny Simms

William Steele     (Born as William Anton Gittinger)

Actor. He was born in San Antonio (Texas) on Monday March 26, 1888 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday February 13, 1966 at an age of 77. He was buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest of Southton

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Steele

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Texas Community

About Bexar County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bexar County: www.co.bexar.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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Southton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Southton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.2963, Longitude: -98.4186     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Southton 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 Southton 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 320.511 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.721 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.682 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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