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Introduction ...

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

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Smithville, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Smithville and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Smithville and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Smithville. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Smithville.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a parish-by-parish basis. We have selected Rapides Parish as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Rapides Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Smithville is near Grant Parish and also Avoyelles Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Grant Parish

Sighting report for Avoyelles Parish

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Smithville.

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

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

  • Alexandria [Map], which is the Seat of Rapides Parish, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 97 miles [156.1 km] to the Southeast (SE). If you could drive a straight line from Smithville to Baton Rouge, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 6 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,011 miles [1,627 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 40 days and walking would take 58 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,889 miles [11,086.8 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 7,606 miles [12,240.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,481 miles [8,820.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Smithville ...

We have found 57 communities that share the name Smithville.

Within Louisiana, there is just one other community named Smithville. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 56 communities in the United States and Canada - with 55 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Louisiana

Communities outside of Louisiana


Communities Outside of Louisiana

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IllinoisMississippiOntarioWashington
 
IndianaMissouriPennsylvaniaWest Virginia
 
KansasNew HampshireSouth Carolina 
 
KentuckyNew JerseySouth Dakota 

Alabama

Chilton County

Our profile page for Smithville, Chilton County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Chilton County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Henry County

Our profile page for Smithville, Henry County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Henry County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Arkansas

Craighead County

Our profile page for Smithville, Craighead County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 335 miles [539.1 km] to the North Northeast.

Lawrence County

Our profile page for Smithville, Lawrence County   [Map]

Distance: About 334 miles [537.5 km] to the North.

Miller County

Our profile page for Smithville, Miller County   [Map]

Distance: About 146 miles [235 km] to the Northwest.

Union County

Our profile page for Smithville, Union County   [Map]

Distance: About 131 miles [210.8 km] to the North.

California

Shasta County

Our profile page for Smithville, Shasta County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,787 miles [2,875.9 km] to the West Northwest.

Florida

Putnam County

Our profile page for Smithville, Putnam County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Putnam County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Georgia

Lee County

Our profile page for Smithville, Lee County   [Map]

Distance: About 481 miles [774.1 km] to the East.

Illinois

Peoria County

Our profile page for Smithville, Peoria County   [Map]

Distance: About 660 miles [1,062.2 km] to the North.

Wayne County

Our profile page for Smithville, Wayne County   [Map]

Distance: About 526 miles [846.5 km] to the North Northeast.

Indiana

Monroe County

Our profile page for Smithville, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 629 miles [1,012.3 km] to the North Northeast.

Owen County

Our profile page for Smithville, Owen County   [Map]

Distance: About 629 miles [1,012.3 km] to the North Northeast.

Kansas

Clay County

Our profile page for Smithville, Clay County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Clay County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Ottawa County

Our profile page for Smithville, Ottawa County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Ottawa County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Smith County

Our profile page for Smithville, Smith County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Smith County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Kentucky

Bullitt County

Our profile page for Smithville, Bullitt County   [Map]

Distance: About 605 miles [973.7 km] to the Northeast.

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Smithville, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 669 miles [1,076.7 km] to the Northeast.

Maine

Washington County

Our profile page for Smithville, Washington County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,604 miles [2,581.4 km] to the Northeast.

Maryland

Calvert County

Our profile page for Smithville, Calvert County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,023 miles [1,646.4 km] to the Northeast.

Caroline County

Our profile page for Smithville, Caroline County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,071 miles [1,723.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Dorchester County

Our profile page for Smithville, Dorchester County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,036 miles [1,667.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Kent County

Our profile page for Smithville, Kent County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,068 miles [1,718.8 km] to the Northeast.

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Smithville, Montgomery County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,019 miles [1,639.9 km] to the Northeast.

Massachusetts

Worcester County

Our profile page for Smithville, Worcester County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,354 miles [2,179.1 km] to the Northeast.

Michigan

Kalkaska County

Our profile page for Smithville, Kalkaska County   [Map]

Distance: About 991 miles [1,594.9 km] to the North Northeast.

Minnesota

Saint Louis County

Our profile page for Smithville, Saint Louis County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,061 miles [1,707.5 km] to the North.

Mississippi

Monroe County

Our profile page for Smithville, Monroe County   [Map]

Distance: About 300 miles [482.8 km] to the Northeast.

Missouri

Clay County

Our profile page for Smithville, Clay County   [Map]

Distance: About 570 miles [917.3 km] to the North.

New Hampshire

Hillsborough County

Our profile page for Smithville, Hillsborough County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,373 miles [2,209.6 km] to the Northeast.

New Jersey

Atlantic County

Our profile page for Smithville, Atlantic County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,154 miles [1,857.2 km] to the Northeast.

Burlington County

Our profile page for Smithville, Burlington County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,154 miles [1,857.2 km] to the Northeast.

New York

Genesee County

Our profile page for Smithville, Genesee County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Genesee County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Smithville, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,239 miles [1,994 km] to the Northeast.

North Carolina

Mecklenburg County

Our profile page for Smithville, Mecklenburg County   [Map]

Distance: About 723 miles [1,163.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Nova Scotia

Our profile page for Smithville   [Map]

Distance: About 1,686 miles [2,713.4 km] to the Northeast.

Ohio

Geauga County

Our profile page for Smithville, Geauga County

This community is historic.

Although located in Geauga County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Montgomery County

Our profile page for Smithville, Montgomery County

This community is historic.

Although located in Montgomery County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Wayne County

Our profile page for Smithville, Wayne County   [Map]

Distance: About 881 miles [1,417.8 km] to the Northeast.

Wyandot County

Our profile page for Smithville, Wyandot County   [Map]

Distance: About 835 miles [1,343.8 km] to the Northeast.

Oklahoma

McCurtain County

Our profile page for Smithville, McCurtain County   [Map]

Distance: About 252 miles [405.6 km] to the North Northwest.

Ontario

Our profile page for Smithville

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in , we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Pennsylvania

Butler County

Our profile page for Smithville, Butler County   [Map]

Distance: About 961 miles [1,546.6 km] to the Northeast.

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Smithville, Lancaster County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,081 miles [1,739.7 km] to the Northeast.

South Carolina

Abbeville County

Our profile page for Smithville, Abbeville County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 621 miles [999.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Sumter County

Our profile page for Smithville, Sumter County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Sumter County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

South Dakota

Meade County

Our profile page for Smithville, Meade County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Meade County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Tennessee

DeKalb County

Our profile page for Smithville, DeKalb County   [Map]

Distance: About 495 miles [796.6 km] to the Northeast.

Texas

Bastrop County

Our profile page for Smithville, Bastrop County   [Map]

Distance: About 295 miles [474.8 km] to the West Southwest.

Gonzales County

Our profile page for Smithville, Gonzales County   [Map]

Distance: About 333 miles [535.9 km] to the West Southwest.

Utah

Millard County

Our profile page for Smithville, Millard County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Millard County, we don't know the location of this community within the parish.

Vermont

Windsor County

Our profile page for Smithville, Windsor County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,360 miles [2,188.7 km] to the Northeast.

Virginia

Accomack County

Our profile page for Smithville, Accomack County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,037 miles [1,668.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Washington

Klickitat County

Our profile page for Smithville, Klickitat County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,826 miles [2,938.7 km] to the Northwest.

West Virginia

Marion County

Our profile page for Smithville, Marion County   [Map]

Distance: About 893 miles [1,437.1 km] to the Northeast.

Ritchie County

Our profile page for Smithville, Ritchie County   [Map]

Distance: About 831 miles [1,337.4 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smithville ...

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.

Ball   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North of Smithville   [Map]

Green Gables   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Kent   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Kingsville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the North   [Map]

Lee Heights   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Paradise   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the North   [Map]

Samtown   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Shady Oaks   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]

Willow Glen   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [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 Smithville. 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.

Terry Alan Mathews

Major League Baseball. He was born in Alexandria (Louisiana) on Monday October 5, 1964 and died in Alexandria (Louisiana) on Friday February 24, 2012 at an age of 47. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Rapides Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Alexandria [Map] is located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the southwest of Smithville

Alexandria [Map] is located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the southwest of Smithville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Terry Alan Mathews<9>

Arthur James 'Zutty' Singleton

Musician. He was born in Bunkie (Louisiana) on Saturday May 14, 1898 and died in New York (New York) on Monday July 14, 1975 at an age of 77. He was buried at Long Island National Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Bunkie [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the southeast of Smithville

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Arthur James 'Zutty' Singleton

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Louisiana Community

About Rapides Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Rapides Parish: www.rppj.com/

The official website for State of Louisiana: louisiana.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.3246, Longitude: -92.4101     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithville 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 Smithville 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 316.92 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.759 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.955 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 Smithville 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 parish. 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 Smithville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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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