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Starr, Texas

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The location of Starr

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Starr 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 Starr. 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 Starr.

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

The Hidalgo County sighting report from eBird.

Since Starr is near Cameron County and also Starr County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Cameron County

Sighting report for Starr 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 Starr.

How Far From Starr to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Starr to various places of note, such as the White House.

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

  • Edinburg [Map], which is the Seat of Hidalgo County, lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Starr to Edinburg, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 284 miles [457.1 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 17 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,507 miles [2,425.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 59 days and walking would take 86 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,388 miles [11,889.8 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 8,105 miles [13,043.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,981 miles [9,625.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Starr ...

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.

Border   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North of Starr   [Map]

Borderland Retreat   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Clark   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Kane   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Leslie   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Lunar Heights   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Paradise Park   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Red Barn   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Rush   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Sun Grove Park   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Sun Valley   -   5 miles [8 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 Starr. 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.

Earl Caldwell

Major League Baseball. He was born in Sparks (Texas) on Sunday April 9, 1905 and died in Mission (Texas) on Tueday September 15, 1981 at an age of 76. He was buried at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens (Hidalgo County, Texas) [Map].

Mission [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of Starr

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Earl Caldwell<7>

Thomas Wade 'Tom' Landry

Professional football. He was born in Mission (Texas) on Thursday September 11, 1924 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Saturday February 12, 2000 at an age of 75. He was buried at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Mission [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of Starr

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Thomas Wade 'Tom' Landry

Trinidad Silva

Actor. He was born in Mission (Texas) on Monday January 30, 1950 and died in Whittier (California) on Sunday July 31, 1988 at an age of 38. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Mission [Map] is located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the northwest of Starr

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Trinidad Silva

Communities Also Named Starr ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Starr.

While the name Starr is unique within Texas, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Texas

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Suwannee County

Our profile page for Starr, Suwannee County   [Map]

Distance: About 961 miles [1,546.6 km] to the East Northeast.


Queen Anne's County

Our profile page for Starr, Queen Anne's County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,558 miles [2,507.4 km] to the Northeast.


Lander County

Our profile page for Starr, Lander County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 1,454 miles [2,340 km] to the Northwest.


Hocking County

Our profile page for Starr, Hocking County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,292 miles [2,079.3 km] to the Northeast.


Lane County

Our profile page for Starr, Lane County

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

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


Forest County

Our profile page for Starr, Forest County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,507 miles [2,425.3 km] to the Northeast.

Huntingdon County

Our profile page for Starr, Huntingdon County

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

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

Warren County

Our profile page for Starr, Warren County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,509 miles [2,428.5 km] to the Northeast.

South Carolina

Anderson County

Our profile page for Starr, Anderson County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,082 miles [1,741.3 km] to the Northeast.

South Dakota

Hutchinson County

Our profile page for Starr, Hutchinson County

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

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


Juab County

Our profile page for Starr, Juab County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,230 miles [1,979.5 km] to the Northwest.


Okanogan County

Our profile page for Starr, Okanogan County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,909 miles [3,072.2 km] to the North Northwest.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Texas

About Hidalgo County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Starr. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 26.1623, Longitude: -98.1922     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Starr 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 Starr 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 319.791 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.468 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.757 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>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 Starr, 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 Starr 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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