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Stairtown, Texas

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The location of Stairtown

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Stairtown 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 Stairtown. 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 Stairtown.

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

The Caldwell County sighting report from eBird.

Since Stairtown is near Guadalupe County and also Gonzales County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Guadalupe County

Sighting report for Gonzales 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 Stairtown.

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

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

  • Lockhart [Map], which is the Seat of Caldwell County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Stairtown to Lockhart, 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 37 miles [59.5 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take just about two full days and walking would take over two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,335 miles [2,148.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 53 days and walking would take 76 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,181 miles [11,556.7 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 7,909 miles [12,728.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,786 miles [9,311.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Stairtown ...

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.

Geronimo   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West of Stairtown   [Map]

Kingsbury   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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

Mineral Springs (Historic)   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Reedville   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Seawillow   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Soda Springs   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Staples   -   7 miles [11.3 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 Stairtown. 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.

Eddie Durham

Musician. He was born in San Marcos (Texas) on Sunday August 19, 1906 and died in New York (New York) on Friday March 6, 1987 at an age of 80. He was buried at George Washington Memorial Park (Bergen County, New Jersey) [Map].

San Marcos [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest of Stairtown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie Durham<7>

Cecil 'Tex' Hughson

Major League Baseball. He was born in Kyle (Texas) on Wednesday February 9, 1916 and died in San Marcos (Texas) on Friday August 6, 1993 at an age of 77. He was buried at San Marcos Cemetery (Hays County, Texas) [Map].

Kyle [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest of Stairtown

San Marcos [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest of Stairtown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cecil 'Tex' Hughson

Will 'Cannonball' Jackman

Professional baseball. He was born in Kyle (Texas) on Monday October 7, 1895 and died in Marion (Massachusetts) on Friday September 8, 1972 at an age of 76. He was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery (Suffolk County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Kyle [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the northwest of Stairtown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Will 'Cannonball' Jackman

Percy Lee Jones

Major League Baseball. He was born in Harwood (Texas) on Tueday October 10, 1899 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Sunday March 18, 1979 at an age of 79. He was buried at Grove Hill Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Harwood [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the east of Stairtown

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Percy Lee Jones

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Caldwell County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Stairtown) 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 Stairtown. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Stairtown

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stairtown. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.7183, Longitude: -97.7278     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stairtown 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 Stairtown 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 320.121 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.313 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.355 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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