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Introduction ...

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

This page contains seven sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Smurney 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 Smurney. 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 Smurney.

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 Union Parish as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Union Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Smurney is near Ouachita Parish and also Lincoln Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Ouachita Parish

Sighting report for Lincoln 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 Smurney.

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

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

  • Farmerville [Map], which is the Seat of Union Parish, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North. If you could walk a straight line from Smurney to Farmerville, with an average speed<2> 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.
  • Baton Rouge [Map], which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 166 miles [267.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about three hours, a buggy would take 7 days and walking would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 961 miles [1,546.6 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<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,823 miles [10,980.6 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 7,544 miles [12,140.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,420 miles [8,722.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smurney ...

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.

Downsville   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest of Smurney   [Map]

Drew   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Eureka   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Forksville   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Frost Town   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the South   [Map]

Green Springs   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Hillside Park   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Indian Village   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Mineral Springs   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the South   [Map]

Point   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Rock Corner   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Valley Hills   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Walnut Lane (Historic)   -   Less than 2 miles to the East   [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 Smurney. 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.

Billy Arnold Muffett

Major League Baseball. He was born in Hammond (Indiana) on Sunday September 21, 1930 and died in Monroe (Louisiana) on Sunday June 15, 2008 at an age of 77.

Monroe [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the east of Smurney

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Billy Arnold Muffett<7>

Paul 'Tank' Younger

Professional football. He was born in Grambling (Louisiana) on Monday April 30, 1928 and died in Inglewood (California) on Saturday September 15, 2001 at an age of 73. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Grambling [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the west of Smurney

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul 'Tank' Younger

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Louisiana

About Union Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smurney. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.6068, Longitude: -92.3754     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smurney 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 Smurney 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 317.041 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 313.07 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.756 degrees.

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<7>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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