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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Stafford 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 Stafford. 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 Stafford.

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

The Fort Bend County sighting report from eBird.

Since Stafford is near Harris County and also Brazoria County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Harris County

Sighting report for Brazoria 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 Stafford.

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

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

  • Richmond [Map], which is the Seat of Fort Bend County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Stafford to Richmond, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 137 miles [220.5 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 8 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,232 miles [1,982.7 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 49 days and walking would take 70 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,102 miles [11,429.6 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 7,823 miles [12,589.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,698 miles [9,170 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Stafford ...

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.

Commerce Park   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Stafford   [Map]

Fifth Street   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

First Colony   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hall Lake   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Herbert   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hunters Glen   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Kingsway   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southeast   [Map]

Main Street Gardens   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Meadows   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Meadows Place   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Quail Glen   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Quail Valley   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Sugar Land   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [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 Stafford. 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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Bizor

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dixie Carter

Jerry Denny

Major League Baseball. He was born in New York (New York) on Wednesday March 16, 1859 and died in Houston (Texas) on Tueday August 16, 1927 at an age of 68. He was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery (Harris County, Texas) [Map].

Houston [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stafford

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jerry Denny

Communities Also Named Stafford ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Stafford.

While the name Stafford is unique within Texas, we know of another 21 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


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Alabama

Pickens County

Our profile page for Stafford, Pickens County   [Map]

Distance: About 504 miles [811.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Arkansas

Yell County

Our profile page for Stafford, Yell County   [Map]

Distance: About 401 miles [645.3 km] to the North Northeast.

California

Humboldt County

Our profile page for Stafford, Humboldt County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,765 miles [2,840.5 km] to the West Northwest.

Sutter County

Our profile page for Stafford, Sutter County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 1,619 miles [2,605.5 km] to the West Northwest.

Connecticut

Tolland County

Our profile page for Stafford, Tolland County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,549 miles [2,492.9 km] to the Northeast.

Georgia

Camden County

Our profile page for Stafford, Camden County   [Map]

Distance: About 844 miles [1,358.3 km] to the East.

Kansas

Stafford County

Our profile page for Stafford, Stafford County   [Map]

Distance: About 601 miles [967.2 km] to the North Northwest.

Maryland

Harford County

Our profile page for Stafford, Harford County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,296 miles [2,085.7 km] to the Northeast.

Prince George's County

Our profile page for Stafford, Prince George's County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,241 miles [1,997.2 km] to the Northeast.

Mississippi

Bolivar County

Our profile page for Stafford, Bolivar County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<9>

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

Nebraska

Holt County

Our profile page for Stafford, Holt County   [Map]

Distance: About 891 miles [1,433.9 km] to the North.

New Jersey

Our profile page for Stafford

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

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

New York

Genesee County

Our profile page for Stafford, Genesee County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,335 miles [2,148.5 km] to the Northeast.

Ohio

Clark County

Our profile page for Stafford, Clark County

This community is historic.

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

Monroe County

Our profile page for Stafford, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,066 miles [1,715.6 km] to the Northeast.

Oklahoma

Custer County

Our profile page for Stafford, Custer County   [Map]

Distance: About 457 miles [735.5 km] to the North Northwest.

Ontario

Our profile page for Stafford   [Map]

Distance: About 1,495 miles [2,406 km] to the Northeast.

Oregon

Clackamas County

Our profile page for Stafford, Clackamas County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,827 miles [2,940.3 km] to the Northwest.

South Carolina

Hampton County

Our profile page for Stafford, Hampton County   [Map]

Distance: About 875 miles [1,408.2 km] to the East Northeast.

Vermont

Orange County

Our profile page for Stafford, Orange County

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

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

Virginia

Stafford County

Our profile page for Stafford, Stafford County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,200 miles [1,931.2 km] to the Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Texas

About Fort Bend County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Stafford: www.cityofstafford.com/

The official website for Fort Bend County: www.co.fort-bend.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' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Stafford) 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 Stafford. 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 Stafford

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stafford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.6272, Longitude: -95.5653     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stafford 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 Stafford 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 318.696 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.62 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.452 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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<8>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Stafford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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 Stafford 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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