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Staley, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Staley 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 Staley. 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 Staley.

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

The San Jacinto County sighting report from eBird.

Since Staley is near Walker County and also Trinity County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Walker County

Sighting report for Trinity 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 Staley.

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

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

  • Coldspring [Map], which is the Seat of San Jacinto County, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Staley to Coldspring, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 150 miles [241.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). 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 1,171 miles [1,884.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 46 days and walking would take 67 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,028 miles [11,310.5 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 7,753 miles [12,477.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,628 miles [9,057.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Staley ...

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.

Arizona   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West of Staley   [Map]

Dodge   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Harmony   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Mill Town   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pointblank   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Snow Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Tobacco Patch   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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

Waterwood   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Willow Springs   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [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 Staley. 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.

Steve Forest     (Born as William Forrest Andrews)

Actor. He was born in Huntsville (Texas) on Tueday September 29, 1925 and died in Thousand Oaks (California) on Saturday May 18, 2013 at an age of 87. He was buried at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Huntsville [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest of Staley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Steve Forest<7>

Slater 'Dugie' Martin

Professional basketball. He was born in Elmina (Texas) on Thursday October 22, 1925 and died in Houston (Texas) on Thursday October 18, 2012 at an age of 87. He was buried at Memorial Oaks Cemetery (Harris County, Texas) [Map].

Elmina [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the southwest of Staley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Slater 'Dugie' Martin

Communities Also Named Staley ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Staley.

While the name Staley is unique within Texas, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Texas

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Modoc County

Our profile page for Staley, Modoc County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,630 miles [2,623.2 km] to the Northwest.


Champaign County

Our profile page for Staley, Champaign County   [Map]

Distance: About 750 miles [1,207 km] to the North Northeast.


Boyd County

Our profile page for Staley, Boyd County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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


Cass County

Our profile page for Staley, Cass County

This community is historic.<9>

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

North Carolina

Randolph County

Our profile page for Staley, Randolph County   [Map]

Distance: About 969 miles [1,559.5 km] to the East Northeast.


Bryan County

Our profile page for Staley, Bryan County   [Map]

Distance: About 218 miles [350.8 km] to the North Northwest.


York County

Our profile page for Staley, York County

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

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


Whitman County

Our profile page for Staley, Whitman County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,596 miles [2,568.5 km] to the Northwest.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About San Jacinto County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for San Jacinto County:

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Staley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.8338, Longitude: -95.2922     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Staley 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 Staley 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 318.693 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.773 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.216 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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<8>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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Staley 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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<9>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 Staley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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