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Smiths Ferry, Arkansas

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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:

  • Hot Springs [Map], which is the Seat of Garland County, lies just to the North Northeast.
  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 50 miles [80.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could walk a straight line from Smiths Ferry to Little Rock, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of two days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 938 miles [1,509.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of two days, a buggy would take 37 days and walking would take 54 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,757 miles [10,874.3 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 7,486 miles [12,047.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,363 miles [8,630.9 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.

While the name Smiths Ferry is unique within Arkansas, we know of another 12 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Arkansas

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Coosa County

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

Greene County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Greene County   [Map]
Distance: About 302 miles [486 km] to the East Southeast


Fresno County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Fresno County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,485 miles [2,389.9 km] to the West Northwest


Valley County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Valley County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,397 miles [2,248.3 km] to the Northwest

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Shawnee County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Shawnee County   [Map]
Distance: About 353 miles [568.1 km] to the North Northwest

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Hampden County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Hampden County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,227 miles [1,974.7 km] to the East 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 198 miles [318.7 km] to the Southeast

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Beaver County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Beaver County   [Map]
Distance: About 809 miles [1,302 km] to the Northeast

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Union County

Our profile page for Smiths Ferry, Union County   [Map]
Distance: About 662 miles [1,065.4 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 917 miles [1,475.8 km] to the East Northeast

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Smiths Ferry ...

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.

Bonanza Springs (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North of Smiths Ferry   [Map]
Diamondhead   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Dripping Springs (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Euclid Heights   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Hempwallace   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Hot Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]
Kaiser Ferry   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Lake Catherine   -   5 miles [8 km] to the East   [Map]
Pettyview   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Pleasant Hill   -   5 miles [8 km] to the West   [Map]
Price   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Red Oak   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

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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 stretches from 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: 34.4395, Longitude: -93.0693     [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 angle) to Jerusalem is 317.669 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.043 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.773 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 (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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird 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 Smiths Ferry 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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