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Smiths Ferry, Alabama
(Coosa County)

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Smiths Ferry 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 Smiths Ferry 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 Ferry to:

  • Rockford [Map], which is the Seat of Coosa County, lies 66 miles [106.2 km] to the South Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Smiths Ferry to Rockford, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take three full days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 102 miles [164.2 km] to the South (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 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 6,522 miles [10,496.1 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 7,231 miles [11,637.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,108 miles [8,220.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Smiths Ferry ...

We have found 12 communities that share the name Smiths Ferry.

Within Alabama, there is just one other community named Smiths Ferry. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 11 communities in the United States - with 12 of those located in the United States.

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Communities outside of Alabama

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Garland County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Garland County   [Map]
Distance: About 380 miles [611.6 km] to the West


Fresno County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Fresno County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,862 miles [2,996.6 km] to the West Northwest


Valley County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Valley County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,732 miles [2,787.4 km] to the Northwest


Shawnee County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Shawnee County   [Map]
Distance: About 631 miles [1,015.5 km] to the Northwest

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Hampden County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Hampden County   [Map]
Distance: About 949 miles [1,527.3 km] to the Northeast

Hampshire County

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

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Warren County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Warren County   [Map]
Distance: About 265 miles [426.5 km] to the West Southwest

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Beaver County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Beaver County   [Map]
Distance: About 573 miles [922.2 km] to the North Northeast

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Union County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 292 miles [469.9 km] to the East

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Tyler County

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

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Southampton County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Southampton County   [Map]
Distance: About 569 miles [915.7 km] to the East Northeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smiths Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8307, Longitude: -86.4597     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smiths Ferry 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 Smiths Ferry 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 313.489 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 309.114 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.091 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smiths Ferry.