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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Smiths Mill 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 Mill 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 Mill to:

  • Talladega [Map], which is the Seat of Talladega County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South. If you could walk a straight line from Smiths Mill to Talladega, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take a little over three hours.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 84 miles [135.2 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 most of three days and walking would take 5 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 625 miles [1,005.8 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 6,521 miles [10,494.5 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 7,228 miles [11,632.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,105 miles [8,215.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Smiths Mill ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Smiths Mill.

While the name Smiths Mill is unique within Alabama, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Alabama

Arizona

Maricopa County

Our profile page for Smiths Mill, Maricopa County
This community is historic.<7>
Although located in Maricopa County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Georgia

Jasper County

Our profile page for Smiths Mill, Jasper County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 132 miles [212.4 km] to the East

Troup County

Our profile page for Smiths Mill, Troup County   [Map]
Distance: About 80 miles [128.7 km] to the Southeast

Minnesota

Blue Earth County

Our profile page for Smiths Mill, Blue Earth County   [Map]
Distance: About 837 miles [1,347 km] to the North Northwest

Waseca County

Our profile page for Smiths Mill, Waseca County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>
Although located in Waseca County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Mississippi

Simpson County

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

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Texas

Upshur County

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

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Virginia

Spotsylvania County

Our profile page for Smiths Mill, Spotsylvania County   [Map]
Distance: About 576 miles [927 km] to the Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Smiths Mill ...

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.

Blue Eye   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North of Smiths Mill   [Map]
Colony   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Dry Valley   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Echo Hills   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
England Isle   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Eureka   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Eureka Shores   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the West   [Map]
Halls Ferry   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lincoln   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Martins Mill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Mays Bend   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Pleasant Grove   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Providence   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Windsong Island   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [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 Smiths Mill. 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.

Jim Nabors
  Actor, singer. He was born in Sylacauga (Alabama) on Thursday June 12, 1930 and died in Honolulu (Hawaii) on Thursday November 30, 2017 at an age of 87.

Sylacauga [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the south of Smiths Mill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jim Nabors<9>
 
Willie Smith
  Major League Baseball. He was born in Anniston (Alabama) on Saturday February 11, 1939 and died in Anniston (Alabama) on Wednesday January 18, 2006 at an age of 66.

Anniston [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast of Smiths Mill

Anniston [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast of Smiths Mill

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Willie Smith

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

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smiths Mill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5601, Longitude: -86.1200     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smiths Mill 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 Mill 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 313.27 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 308.824 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 310.015 degrees.

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<7>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 Mill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 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 Smiths Mill 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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<9>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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Smiths Mill.



 
 
 

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