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Introduction ...

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

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 Smyrna, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Smyrna and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Smyrna 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 Smyrna. 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 Smyrna.

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

The De Soto Parish sighting report from eBird.

Since Smyrna is near Panola County and also Caddo Parish, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Panola County

Sighting report for Caddo 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 Smyrna.

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

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

  • Mansfield [Map], which is the Seat of De Soto Parish, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Smyrna to Mansfield, 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 198 miles [318.7 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take a little over three hours, a buggy would take 8 days and walking would take 12 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,055 miles [1,697.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 42 days and walking would take 60 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,909 miles [11,119 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 7,633 miles [12,284.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,508 miles [8,864.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Smyrna ...

We have found 37 communities that share the name Smyrna.

While the name Smyrna is unique within Louisiana, we know of another 37 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Louisiana

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Alabama

Houston County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Houston County   [Map]

Distance: About 506 miles [814.3 km] to the East.

Randolph County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Randolph County   [Map]

Distance: About 499 miles [803.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Arkansas

Clark County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Clark County   [Map]

Distance: About 139 miles [223.7 km] to the North Northeast.

Howard County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Howard County   [Map]

This community is historic.<7>

Distance: About 149 miles [239.8 km] to the North.

Pope County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Pope County   [Map]

Distance: About 251 miles [403.9 km] to the North Northeast.

White County

Our profile page for Smyrna, White County   [Map]

Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the North Northeast.

California

Tulare County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Tulare County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,480 miles [2,381.8 km] to the West Northwest.

Delaware

Kent County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Kent County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,136 miles [1,828.2 km] to the East Northeast.

Florida

Holmes County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Holmes County   [Map]

Distance: About 494 miles [795 km] to the East.

Georgia

Cobb County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Cobb County   [Map]

Distance: About 556 miles [894.8 km] to the East Northeast.

Morgan County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Morgan County   [Map]

Distance: About 616 miles [991.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Indiana

Decatur County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Decatur County   [Map]

Distance: About 687 miles [1,105.6 km] to the Northeast.

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Jefferson County   [Map]

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

Iowa

Clarke County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Clarke County   [Map]

Distance: About 611 miles [983.3 km] to the North.

Kentucky

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 624 miles [1,004.2 km] to the Northeast.

Maine

Aroostook County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Aroostook County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,676 miles [2,697.3 km] to the Northeast.

Michigan

Ionia County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Ionia County   [Map]

Distance: About 891 miles [1,433.9 km] to the North Northeast.

Mississippi

Attala County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Attala County   [Map]

Distance: About 263 miles [423.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Copiah County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Copiah County   [Map]

Distance: About 198 miles [318.7 km] to the East.

Nebraska

Nuckolls County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Nuckolls County   [Map]

Distance: About 601 miles [967.2 km] to the North Northwest.

New York

Chenango County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Chenango County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,238 miles [1,992.4 km] to the Northeast.

North Carolina

Carteret County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Carteret County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,015 miles [1,633.5 km] to the East Northeast.

Ohio

Harrison County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Harrison County   [Map]

Distance: About 897 miles [1,443.6 km] to the Northeast.

Pennsylvania

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Lancaster County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,131 miles [1,820.2 km] to the East Northeast.

South Carolina

Newberry County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Newberry County   [Map]

Distance: About 719 miles [1,157.1 km] to the East Northeast.

York County

Our profile page for Smyrna, York County   [Map]

Distance: About 745 miles [1,199 km] to the East Northeast.

Tennessee

Carroll County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 414 miles [666.3 km] to the Northeast.

Marshall County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Marshall County   [Map]

Distance: About 477 miles [767.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Pickett County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Pickett County   [Map]

Distance: About 584 miles [939.9 km] to the Northeast.

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Rutherford County   [Map]

Distance: About 499 miles [803.1 km] to the Northeast.

Warren County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Warren County   [Map]

Distance: About 528 miles [849.7 km] to the East Northeast.

Texas

Cass County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Cass County   [Map]

Distance: About 69 miles [111 km] to the North.

Harrison County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Harrison County   [Map]

Distance: About 61 miles [98.2 km] to the Northwest.

Montague County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Montague County   [Map]

Distance: About 242 miles [389.5 km] to the West Northwest.

Rains County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Rains County   [Map]

Distance: About 124 miles [199.6 km] to the West Northwest.

Virginia

Bedford County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Bedford County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<8>

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

Washington

Grant County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Grant County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,696 miles [2,729.4 km] to the Northwest.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smyrna ...

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.

Bayou Pierre   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East of Smyrna   [Map]

Coker   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Cook (Historic)   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Four Forks   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Grand Cane   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East   [Map]

Holly   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Kickapoo   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Longstreet   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the West   [Map]

Meadow Park   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Porter Place   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Spider (Historic)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Stanley   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Wildwood   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Willow Glen   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Wood Springs   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest   [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 Smyrna. 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.

Van Cliburn

Musician. He was born in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Thursday July 12, 1934 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Wednesday February 27, 2013 at an age of 78. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Van Cliburn<9>

Gary Lynn 'Big Hands' Johnson

Professional football. He was born in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Sunday August 31, 1952 and died in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Wednesday August 4, 2010 at an age of 58. He was buried at Hillcrest Memorial Park (Bossier Parish, Louisiana) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Smyrna

Shreveport [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gary Lynn 'Big Hands' Johnson

Will J. 'Dub' Jones

Musician. He was born in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Monday May 14, 1928 and died in Long Beach (California) on Sunday January 16, 2000 at an age of 71. He was buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Riverside County, California) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Will J. 'Dub' Jones

S.P. Leary

Musician. He was born in Carthage (Texas) on Friday June 6, 1930 and died in Chicago (Illinois) on Monday January 26, 1998 at an age of 67. He was buried at Forest Home Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois) [Map].

Carthage [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the west of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: S.P. Leary

Tex Ritter     (Born as Woodward Maurice Ritter)

Singer, actor. He was born in Murvaul (Texas) on Thursday January 12, 1905 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Wednesday January 2, 1974 at an age of 69.

Murvaul [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the west of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tex Ritter

John Thomas Scopes, Sr.

Substitute schoolteacher, defendant at the 'Monkey Trial' of 1925. He was born in Paducah (Kentucky) on Friday August 3, 1900 and died in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Wednesday October 21, 1970 at an age of 70. He was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery (McCracken County, Kentucky) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Thomas Scopes, Sr.

Charlotte Shelby     (Born as Lily Pearl Miles Reilly)

Actress. She was born in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Wednesday December 19, 1877 and died in Santa Monica (California) on Wednesday March 13, 1957 at an age of 79.

Shreveport [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charlotte Shelby

Frank Sutton     (Frank Spencer Sutton)

Actor. He was born in Clarksville (Tennessee) on Tueday October 23, 1923 and died in Shreveport (Louisiana) on Friday June 28, 1974 at an age of 50. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery (Montgomery County, Tennessee) [Map].

Shreveport [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Smyrna

Arthur Carter 'Pinky' Whitney

Major League Baseball. He was born in San Antonio (Texas) on Monday January 2, 1905 and died in Center (Texas) on Tueday September 1, 1987 at an age of 82. He was buried at Mission Burial Park South (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

Center [Map] is located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the southwest of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Arthur Carter 'Pinky' Whitney

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Louisiana

About De Soto Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Smyrna. 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 '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- Smyrna) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smyrna. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0921, Longitude: -93.8888     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smyrna 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 Smyrna 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 317.95 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.064 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.471 degrees.

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<7>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 Smyrna, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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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 Smyrna 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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<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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