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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

How Far From Smithton to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Smithton 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 Smithton once stood, the straight-line distance<2> beginning in Smithton to:

  • Arkadelphia [Map], which is the Seat of Clark County, lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Smithton to Arkadelphia, with an average speed<3> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 73 miles [117.5 km] to the Northeast (NE). 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 955 miles [1,536.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 38 days and walking would take 55 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,784 miles [10,917.8 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 7,512 miles [12,089.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,389 miles [8,672.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Smithton ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Smithton.

While the name Smithton is unique within Arkansas, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Arkansas

Illinois

Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Smithton, Saint Clair County   [Map]
Distance: About 354 miles [569.7 km] to the North Northeast

Kansas

Norton County

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

Maine

Waldo County

Our profile page for Smithton, Waldo County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,458 miles [2,346.4 km] to the Northeast

Missouri

Boone County

Our profile page for Smithton, Boone County   [Map]
This community is historic.
Distance: About 348 miles [560.1 km] to the North

Mississippi County

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

Pettis County

Our profile page for Smithton, Pettis County   [Map]
Distance: About 327 miles [526.3 km] to the North

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Pennsylvania

Westmoreland County

Our profile page for Smithton, Westmoreland County   [Map]
Distance: About 852 miles [1,371.2 km] to the Northeast

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West Virginia

Doddridge County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Smithton ...

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.

Central   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North of Smithton   [Map]
Gum Springs   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Hebron (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Kansas   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Love Creek   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Native (Historic)   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Red Springs   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Richwoods   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Shakertown   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East   [Map]

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The Communities of Arkansas

About Clark County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Clark County: www.clarkcountyarkansas.com/

The official website for State of Arkansas: www.arkansas.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 Smithton, 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' distance that begins in Smithton. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Smithton) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9432, Longitude: -93.1304     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithton 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 Smithton 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 317.661 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.969 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.878 degrees.

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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 Smithton 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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