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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Stiles 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 Stiles. 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 Stiles.

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

The Reagan County sighting report from eBird.

Since Stiles is near Upton County and also Glasscock County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Upton County

Sighting report for Glasscock 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 Stiles.

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

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<1> community of Stiles once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Stiles and extending to:

  • Big Lake [Map], which is the Seat of Reagan County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Stiles to Big Lake, with an average speed<3> 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 239 miles [384.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 14 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,472 miles [2,369 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 58 days and walking would take 84 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,232 miles [11,638.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,975 miles [12,834.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,860 miles [9,430.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Stiles ...

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.

Best (Historic)   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South of Stiles   [Map]

Big Lake   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Crane   -   46 miles [74 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Flat Rock   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Garden City   -   31 miles [49.9 km] to the North   [Map]

Sevenmile Corner   -   22 miles [35.4 km] to the West   [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 Stiles. 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.

Lewis 'Bud' McFadin

Professional football. He was born in Rankin (Texas) on Monday August 20, 1928 and died in Victoria (Texas) on Monday February 13, 2006 at an age of 77. He was buried at Colorado City Cemetery (Mitchell County, Texas) [Map].

Rankin [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the southwest of Stiles

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lewis 'Bud' McFadin<8>

Communities Also Named Stiles ...

We have found 9 communities that share the name Stiles.

While the name Stiles is unique within Texas, we know of another 9 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Texas

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Iowa

Davis County

Our profile page for Stiles, Davis County   [Map]

Distance: About 818 miles [1,316.4 km] to the Northeast.

Kentucky

Nelson County

Our profile page for Stiles, Nelson County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,001 miles [1,611 km] to the East Northeast.

Michigan

Newaygo County

Our profile page for Stiles, Newaygo County

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

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

Oakland County

Our profile page for Stiles, Oakland County

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

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

New York

Onondaga County

Our profile page for Stiles, Onondaga County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,598 miles [2,571.7 km] to the Northeast.

North Carolina

Macon County

Our profile page for Stiles, Macon County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,075 miles [1,730 km] to the East Northeast.

North Dakota

Richland County

Our profile page for Stiles, Richland County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,041 miles [1,675.3 km] to the North Northeast.

Pennsylvania

Lehigh County

Our profile page for Stiles, Lehigh County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,581 miles [2,544.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Wisconsin

Oconto County

Our profile page for Stiles, Oconto County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,180 miles [1,899 km] to the North Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Texas

About Reagan County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Stiles, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>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- Stiles) 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 Stiles. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Stiles

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Stiles. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4068, Longitude: -101.5662     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Stiles have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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<4>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 Stiles to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 323.007 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 319.941 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 316.955 degrees.

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<8>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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<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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Stiles 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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