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Stephens Crossing, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Stephens Crossing 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 Stephens Crossing. 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 Stephens Crossing.

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

The Parker County sighting report from eBird.

Since Stephens Crossing is near Hood County and also Palo Pinto County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Hood County

Sighting report for Palo Pinto 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 Stephens Crossing.

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

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

  • Weatherford [Map], which is the Seat of Parker County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Stephens Crossing to Weatherford, 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 162 miles [260.7 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,246 miles [2,005.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 49 days and walking would take 71 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,036 miles [11,323.3 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 7,773 miles [12,509.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,653 miles [9,097.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Stephens Crossing ...

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.

Center Point   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast of Stephens Crossing   [Map]

Cool   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Dennis   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [Map]

Fox   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Greenwood   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Harmony   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Maxwell Crossing   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [Map]

Mineral Wells   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Punkin Center   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Tin Top   -   8 miles [12.9 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 Stephens Crossing. 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.

Robert Ervin Howard

Author. He was born in Peaster (Texas) on Monday January 22, 1906 and died in Cross Plains (Texas) on Thursday June 11, 1936 at an age of 30. He was buried at Greenleaf Cemetery (Brown County, Texas) [Map].

Peaster [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the north of Stephens Crossing

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Ervin Howard<7>

Johnny Lucadello

Major League Baseball. He was born in Thurber (Texas) on Sunday February 22, 1920 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Tueday October 30, 2001 at an age of 81. He was buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

Thurber [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the west of Stephens Crossing

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Johnny Lucadello

Sharon Lynn     (Born as D'Auvergne Sharon Lindsay)

Actress. She was born in Weatherford (Texas) on Thursday April 9, 1908 and died in Hollywood (California) on Sunday May 26, 1963 at an age of 55. She was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Weatherford [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the northeast of Stephens Crossing

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Sharon Lynn

Tommy Runnels

Professional football. He was born in Fort Worth (Texas) on Sunday January 28, 1934 and died in Granbury (Texas) on Saturday April 7, 2012 at an age of 78. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Fort Worth [Map] is located 37 miles [59.5 km] to the east of Stephens Crossing

Granbury [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast of Stephens Crossing

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tommy Runnels

Communities Also Named Stephens Crossing ...

While the name Stephens Crossing is unique within Texas, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Texas


Fountain County

Our profile page for Stephens Crossing, Fountain County   [Map]

Distance: About 792 miles [1,274.6 km] to the Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Texas

About Parker County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Parker County:

The official website for State of Texas:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Stephens Crossing) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stephens Crossing. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6187, Longitude: -97.9645     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stephens Crossing 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 Stephens Crossing 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 320.705 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.365 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.203 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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