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Steen, Texas

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The location of Steen

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Steen 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 Steen. 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 Steen.

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

The DeWitt County sighting report from eBird.

Since Steen is near Gonzales County and also Lavaca County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Gonzales County

Sighting report for Lavaca 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 Steen.

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

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

  • Cuero [Map], which is the Seat of DeWitt County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Steen to Cuero, 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 70 miles [112.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,330 miles [2,140.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 52 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 7,186 miles [11,564.7 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 7,912 miles [12,733.1 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 Steen ...

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.

Cheapside   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest of Steen   [Map]

Concrete   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Edgar   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Glaze City   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Pearl City   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Petersville   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]

Pilgrim   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Sample   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Summerville   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Sweet Home   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [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 Steen. 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.

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 26 miles [41.8 km] to the northwest of Steen

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Percy Lee Jones<7>

Ross Middlebrook Youngs

Major League Baseball. He was born in Shiner (Texas) on Saturday April 10, 1897 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Saturday October 22, 1927 at an age of 30. He was buried at Mission Burial Park South (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

Shiner [Map] is located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the northeast of Steen

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ross Middlebrook Youngs

Communities Also Named Steen ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Steen.

While the name Steen is unique within Texas, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Texas


Rock County

Our profile page for Steen, Rock County   [Map]

Distance: About 981 miles [1,578.8 km] to the North.


Garfield County

Our profile page for Steen, Garfield County

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Texas

About DeWitt County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Texas:

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 from Point A (ie- Steen) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Steen. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.3219, Longitude: -97.3128     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Steen 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 Steen 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 319.784 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 315.864 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.209 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 Steen 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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