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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Star 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 Star. 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 Star.

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

The Mills County sighting report from eBird.

Since Star is near Hamilton County and also Lampasas County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Hamilton County

Sighting report for Lampasas 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 Star.

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

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

  • Goldthwaite [Map], which is the Seat of Mills County, lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Star to Goldthwaite, 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 four to five hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 89 miles [143.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). 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 1,301 miles [2,093.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 51 days and walking would take 74 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,110 miles [11,442.4 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 7,845 miles [12,625.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,724 miles [9,211.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Star ...

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.

Bee House   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East of Star   [Map]

Indian Gap   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Ohio (Historic)   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Parsley Crossing   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Pecan Wells   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pleasant Grove   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Pottsville   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Slab Crossing   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Vista   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [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 Star. 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.

Mark Harelik     (Marcus Frank Harelik)

Actor, playwright. He was born in Hamilton (Texas) on Tueday June 5, 1951

Hamilton [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast of Star

Communities Also Named Star ...

We have found 29 communities that share the name Star.

Within Texas, there is just one other community named Star. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 28 communities in the United States and Canada - with 27 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Texas

Communities outside of Texas


Communities Outside of Texas

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Alabama

Lamar County

Our profile page for Star, Lamar County   [Map]

Distance: About 609 miles [980.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Alberta

Our profile page for Star   [Map]

Distance: About 1,701 miles [2,737.5 km] to the North Northwest.

Florida

Jackson County

Our profile page for Star, Jackson County   [Map]

Distance: About 780 miles [1,255.3 km] to the East.

Idaho

Ada County

Our profile page for Star, Ada County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,299 miles [2,090.5 km] to the Northwest.

Illinois

Hancock County

Our profile page for Star, Hancock County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

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

Iowa

Marion County

Our profile page for Star, Marion County

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

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

Kansas

Graham County

Our profile page for Star, Graham County

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

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

Greenwood County

Our profile page for Star, Greenwood County

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

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

Stevens County

Our profile page for Star, Stevens County

This community is historic.<8>

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

Louisiana

Assumption Parish

Our profile page for Star, Assumption Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 441 miles [709.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Avoyelles Parish

Our profile page for Star, Avoyelles Parish   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 363 miles [584.2 km] to the East.

Plaquemines Parish

Our profile page for Star, Plaquemines Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 507 miles [815.9 km] to the East Southeast.

Michigan

Alger County

Our profile page for Star, Alger County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,207 miles [1,942.5 km] to the North Northeast.

Mississippi

Rankin County

Our profile page for Star, Rankin County   [Map]

Distance: About 487 miles [783.8 km] to the East.

Missouri

Barry County

Our profile page for Star, Barry County

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

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

Stoddard County

Our profile page for Star, Stoddard County   [Map]

Distance: About 594 miles [956 km] to the Northeast.

Montana

Glacier County

Our profile page for Star, Glacier County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,412 miles [2,272.4 km] to the North Northwest.

Nebraska

Holt County

Our profile page for Star, Holt County   [Map]

Distance: About 769 miles [1,237.6 km] to the North.

New Mexico

Guadalupe County

Our profile page for Star, Guadalupe County

This community is historic.

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

North Carolina

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Star, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,100 miles [1,770.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Oklahoma

Haskell County

Our profile page for Star, Haskell County   [Map]

Distance: About 331 miles [532.7 km] to the Northeast.

Pittsburg County

Our profile page for Star, Pittsburg County   [Map]

Distance: About 273 miles [439.4 km] to the Northeast.

Ontario

Our profile page for Star   [Map]

Distance: About 1,314 miles [2,114.7 km] to the Northeast.

Tennessee

Wayne County

Our profile page for Star, Wayne County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 663 miles [1,067 km] to the East Northeast.

Virginia

Carroll County

Our profile page for Star, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,069 miles [1,720.4 km] to the East Northeast.

West Virginia

Randolph County

Our profile page for Star, Randolph County

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

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

Upshur County

Our profile page for Star, Upshur County

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

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

Wisconsin

Vernon County

Our profile page for Star, Vernon County

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Texas

About Mills County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Star) 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 Star. 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 Star

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Star. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4685, Longitude: -98.3161     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Star 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 Star 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 320.782 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.313 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.47 degrees.

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<7>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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Star 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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<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 Star, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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