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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Starrville 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 Starrville. 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 Starrville.

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

The Smith County sighting report from eBird.

Since Starrville is near Upshur County and also Gregg County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Upshur County

Sighting report for Gregg 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 Starrville.

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

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

  • Tyler [Map], which is the Seat of Smith County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Starrville to Tyler, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours 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 217 miles [349.2 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 9 days and walking would take 13 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,104 miles [1,776.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 44 days and walking would take 63 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,937 miles [11,164 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 7,665 miles [12,335.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,542 miles [8,919 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Starrville ...

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.

Angler   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest of Starrville   [Map]

Big Sandy   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Center Point   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Chapel Hill   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Jamestown (Historic)   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Liberty City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Pine Springs   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Red Springs   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Sand Flat   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Shady Grove   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Waters Bluff   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [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 Starrville. 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.

Jim Brewer     (James Thomas Brewer)

Major League Baseball. He was born in Merced (California) on Sunday November 14, 1937 and died in Tyler (Texas) on Monday November 16, 1987 at an age of 50. He was buried at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens (Tulsa County, Oklahoma) [Map].

Tyler [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest of Starrville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jim Brewer<7>

Salvador Michael 'Sal' Gliatto

Major League Baseball. He was born in Chicago (Illinois) on Wednesday May 7, 1902 and died in Tyler (Texas) on Wednesday November 1, 1995 at an age of 93. He was buried at Restland Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Tyler [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest of Starrville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Salvador Michael 'Sal' Gliatto

Freddie Christian King

Musician. He was born in Gilmer (Texas) on Monday September 3, 1934 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Tueday December 28, 1976 at an age of 42. He was buried at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Gilmer [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the northeast of Starrville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Freddie Christian King

Art Malone

Professional football. He was born in Tyler (Texas) on Saturday March 20, 1948 and died in Phoenix (Arizona) on Friday July 27, 2012 at an age of 64.

Tyler [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest of Starrville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Art Malone

Ray Price     (Noble Ray Price)

Musician. He was born in Perryville (Texas) on Tueday January 12, 1926 and died in Mount Pleasant (Texas) on Monday December 16, 2013 at an age of 87. He was buried at Restland Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Perryville [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the north of Starrville

Mount Pleasant [Map] is located 48 miles [77.2 km] to the north of Starrville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ray Price

Karen Gay Silkwood

Activist. She was born in Longview (Texas) on Tueday February 19, 1946 and died in Crescent (Oklahoma) on Wednesday November 13, 1974 at an age of 28. She was buried at Danville Cemetery (Gregg County, Texas) [Map].

Longview [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Starrville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Karen Gay Silkwood

Sissy Spacek     (Mary Elizabeth Spacek)

Oscar winning actress. She was born in Quitman (Texas) on Sunday December 25, 1949

Quitman [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest of Starrville

Samuel Filmore 'Sam' West

Major League Baseball. He was born in Longview (Texas) on Wednesday October 5, 1904 and died in Lubbock (Texas) on Saturday November 23, 1985 at an age of 81. He was buried at Resthaven Memorial Park (Lubbock County, Texas) [Map].

Longview [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Starrville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Samuel Filmore 'Sam' West

Forest Whitaker     (Forest Steven Whitaker III)

Oscar winning actor. Producer, director. He was born in Longview (Texas) on Saturday July 15, 1961

Longview [Map] is located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the east of Starrville

Noble Willingham

Actor. He was born in Mineola (Texas) on Monday August 31, 1931 and died in Palm Springs (California) on Saturday January 17, 2004 at an age of 72. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Mineola [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest of Starrville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Noble Willingham

Arthur 'Dooley' Wilson

Actor, musician. He was born in Tyler (Texas) on Saturday April 3, 1886 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Saturday May 30, 1953 at an age of 67. He was buried at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery (California).

Tyler [Map] is located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest of Starrville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Arthur 'Dooley' Wilson

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Texas

About Smith County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Smith County: www.smith-county.com/

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- Starrville) 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 Starrville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Starrville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Starrville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4699, Longitude: -95.1161     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Starrville 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 Starrville 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 318.791 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.098 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.952 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: findagrave.com.

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