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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Opelika [Map], which is the Seat of Lee County, lies 18 miles [29 km] to the West Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Smiths to Opelika, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 70 miles [112.7 km] to the West (W). 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 629 miles [1,012.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 25 days and walking would take 36 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,525 miles [10,501 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 7,225 miles [11,627.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,104 miles [8,214.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Smiths ...

We have found 21 communities that share the name Smiths.

While the name Smiths is unique within Alabama, we know of another 21 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Located Beyond Alabama

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Florida

Saint Johns County

Our profile page for Smiths, Saint Johns County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Saint Johns County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Georgia

Irwin County

Our profile page for Smiths, Irwin County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Irwin County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Indiana

Clark County

Our profile page for Smiths, Clark County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Clark County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Iowa

Decatur County

Our profile page for Smiths, Decatur County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Decatur County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Jackson County

Our profile page for Smiths, Jackson County   [Map]
Distance: About 735 miles [1,182.9 km] to the North Northwest

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Maine

Penobscot County

Our profile page for Smiths, Penobscot County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Penobscot County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Massachusetts

Franklin County

Our profile page for Smiths, Franklin County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 970 miles [1,561.1 km] to the Northeast

Hampshire County

Our profile page for Smiths, Hampshire County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Hampshire County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Michigan

Gladwin County

Our profile page for Smiths, Gladwin County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Gladwin County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Saginaw County

Our profile page for Smiths, Saginaw County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Saginaw County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Tuscola County

Our profile page for Smiths, Tuscola County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Tuscola County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Mississippi

Hinds County

Our profile page for Smiths, Hinds County   [Map]
Distance: About 325 miles [523 km] to the West

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North Carolina

Robeson County

Our profile page for Smiths, Robeson County   [Map]
Distance: About 386 miles [621.2 km] to the East Northeast

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Ohio

Butler County

Our profile page for Smiths, Butler County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Butler County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Gallia County

Our profile page for Smiths, Gallia County
This community is historic.
Although located in Gallia County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Muskingum County

Our profile page for Smiths, Muskingum County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Muskingum County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Pennsylvania

York County

Our profile page for Smiths, York County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in York County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Texas

San Jacinto County

Our profile page for Smiths, San Jacinto County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in San Jacinto County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Utah

Davis County

Our profile page for Smiths, Davis County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Davis County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Salt Lake County

Our profile page for Smiths, Salt Lake County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,583 miles [2,547.6 km] to the West Northwest

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West Virginia

Lewis County

Our profile page for Smiths, Lewis County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Lewis County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Smiths. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Smiths

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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 Smiths 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 the angle) to Jerusalem is 312.602 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 307.911 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 309.837 degrees.

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<7>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 where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. 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.

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<8>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 Smiths, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smiths.



 
 
 

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