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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Sylvia to ...

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

  • Yellville [Map], which is the Seat of Marion County, lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest. If you could walk a straight line from Sylvia to Yellville, with an average speed<3> 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.
  • Little Rock [Map], which is the State Capital of Arkansas, lies 96 miles [154.5 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 872 miles [1,403.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 34 days and walking would take 50 days.
  • The shortest distance<4> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,654 miles [10,708.6 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 7,387 miles [11,888.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,266 miles [8,474.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<7>

Communities Also Named Sylvia ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name Sylvia.

While the name Sylvia is unique within Arkansas, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Arkansas


Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Sylvia, Hillsborough County   [Map]
Distance: About 811 miles [1,305.2 km] to the Southeast


Reno County

Our profile page for Sylvia, Reno County   [Map]
Distance: About 344 miles [553.6 km] to the West Northwest


Dickson County

Our profile page for Sylvia, Dickson County   [Map]
Distance: About 288 miles [463.5 km] to the East


Hidalgo County

Our profile page for Sylvia, Hidalgo County   [Map]
Distance: About 753 miles [1,211.8 km] to the South Southwest

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West Virginia

Roane County

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

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Curious and Interesting Names Near Sylvia ...

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.

Buffalo City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast of Sylvia   [Map]
Evening Star   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Gilbert   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Hand Valley   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Harriet   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Keystone (Historic)   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Lone Pine   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]
Ralph   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Rocky Ford   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]
Rush (Historic)   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Tomahawk   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Yellville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Zack   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Arkansas

About Marion County

About Arkansas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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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 Sylvia, 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 starts in Sylvia. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sylvia) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sylvia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.1078, Longitude: -92.6024     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sylvia 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 Sylvia 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 317.504 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.071 degrees.

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<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.278 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 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 Sylvia 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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