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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Stephenville 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 Stephenville. 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 Stephenville.

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

The Erath County sighting report from eBird.

Since Stephenville is near Comanche County and also Hood County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Comanche County

Sighting report for Hood 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 Stephenville.

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

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

  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 137 miles [220.5 km] to the South (S). If you could drive a straight line from Stephenville to Austin, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 8 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,272 miles [2,047.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 50 days and walking would take 73 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,067 miles [11,373.2 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 7,803 miles [12,557.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,683 miles [9,145.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Stephenville ...

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.

Bluff Dale   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast of Stephenville   [Map]

Cottonwood   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Dublin   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Hannibal   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Highland   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Johnsville   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Knob Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Three Way   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Welcome Valley   -   4 miles [6.4 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 Stephenville. 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.

Ben Hogan

Professional golf. He was born in Stephenville on Tueday August 13, 1912 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Friday July 25, 1997 at an age of 84. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ben Hogan<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 23 miles [37 km] to the northwest of Stephenville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Johnny Lucadello

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].

Granbury [Map] is located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the northeast of Stephenville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tommy Runnels

Communities Also Named Stephenville ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Stephenville.

While the name Stephenville is unique within Texas, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Texas

Louisiana

Saint Martin Parish

Our profile page for Stephenville, Saint Martin Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 450 miles [724.2 km] to the East Southeast.

Mississippi

Sunflower County

Our profile page for Stephenville, Sunflower County   [Map]

Distance: About 447 miles [719.4 km] to the East Northeast.

New Jersey

Middlesex County

Our profile page for Stephenville, Middlesex County

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

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

Newfoundland and Labrador

Our profile page for Stephenville   [Map]

Distance: About 2,335 miles [3,757.8 km] to the Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Texas

About Erath County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Stephenville: www.ci.stephenville.tx.us/

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Stephenville) 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 Stephenville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Stephenville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stephenville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2150, Longitude: -98.2204     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stephenville 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 Stephenville 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 320.823 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 317.455 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.359 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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<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 Stephenville 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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