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Swain, Arkansas

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Introduction ...

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

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

  • Jasper [Map], which is the Seat of Newton County, lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Swain to Jasper, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take 6 hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 97 miles [156.1 km] to the Southeast (SE). 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 917 miles [1,475.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 36 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,695 miles [10,774.6 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 7,429 miles [11,955.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,308 miles [8,542.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Swain ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Swain.

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

Communities Outside of Arkansas

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McCreary County

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


Washington County

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

New Jersey

Cape May County

Our profile page for Swain, Cape May County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,038 miles [1,670.5 km] to the East Northeast

New York

Allegany County

Our profile page for Swain, Allegany County   [Map]
Distance: About 944 miles [1,519.2 km] to the East Northeast

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North Carolina

Swain County

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

Washington County

Our profile page for Swain, Washington County   [Map]
This community is historic.<8>
Distance: About 933 miles [1,501.5 km] to the East

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Lane County

Our profile page for Swain, Lane County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,669 miles [2,686 km] to the West Northwest

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South Carolina

Spartanburg County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Swain ...

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.

Crossroad   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the East of Swain   [Map]
Deer   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Edwards Junction   -   Less than 2 miles to the West   [Map]
Fallsville   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Limestone   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Loafer   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mossville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Murray   -   5 miles [8 km] to the North   [Map]
Nail   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Parthenon   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Walnut   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the South   [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 starting from Swain. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Swain) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swain. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.8492, Longitude: -93.3399     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swain 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 Swain 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 317.969 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.577 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.661 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 Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock 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 Swain 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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<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 Swain, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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