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City of Staples, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Staples 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 Staples. 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 Staples.

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

The Guadalupe County sighting report from eBird.

Since Staples is near Caldwell County and also Hays County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Caldwell County

Sighting report for Hays 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 Staples.

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

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

  • Seguin [Map], which is the Seat of Guadalupe County, lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Staples to Seguin, 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 five to six hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 34 miles [54.7 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 most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,338 miles [2,153.3 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 7,182 miles [11,558.3 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 7,911 miles [12,731.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,787 miles [9,313.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Staples ...

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   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest of Staples   [Map]

Hunter   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Kingsbury   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Maxwell   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Mineral Springs (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Reedville   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Royal Forest   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Seawillow   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Soda Springs   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

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

Thorn Hill   -   15 miles [24.1 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 Staples. 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 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of Staples

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Staples

San Marcos [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of Staples

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 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Staples

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 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Staples

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Percy Lee Jones

Communities Also Named Staples ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Staples.

While the name Staples is unique within Texas, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Texas


Kiowa County

Our profile page for Staples, Kiowa County

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

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


Caddo Parish

Our profile page for Staples, Caddo Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 297 miles [478 km] to the Northeast.


Todd County

Our profile page for Staples, Todd County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,156 miles [1,860.4 km] to the North.


Our profile page for Staples   [Map]

Distance: About 1,205 miles [1,939.3 km] to the Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Texas

About Guadalupe County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Guadalupe 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Staples) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Staples. 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 City of Staples

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Staples. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.7813, Longitude: -97.8361     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Staples 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 Staples 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 320.203 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.418 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.397 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 Staples 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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