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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Smiley 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 Smiley. 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 Smiley.

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 county-by-county basis. We have selected Gonzales County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Gonzales County sighting report from eBird.

Since Smiley is near DeWitt County and also Wilson County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for DeWitt County

Sighting report for Wilson County

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 Smiley.

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

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

  • Gonzales [Map], which is the Seat of Gonzales County, lies 20 miles [32.2 km] to the North Northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Smiley to Gonzales, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of a day.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 69 miles [111 km] to the North (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take about three full days and walking would take three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,348 miles [2,169.4 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 53 days and walking would take 77 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,202 miles [11,590.5 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 7,928 miles [12,758.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,804 miles [9,340.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smiley ...

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.

Cost   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast of Smiley   [Map]

Dewville   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Leesville   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Nixon   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]

Old Davy   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Pilgrim   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East   [Map]

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

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

Union   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [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 Smiley. 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.

Percy Lee Jones

Major League Baseball. He was born in Harwood (Texas) on Tueday October 10, 1899 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Sunday March 18, 1979 at an age of 79. He was buried at Grove Hill Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Harwood [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the north of Smiley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Percy Lee Jones<7>

Communities Also Named Smiley ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name Smiley.

While the name Smiley is unique within Texas, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Texas

Georgia

Liberty County

Our profile page for Smiley, Liberty County

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

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

Long County

Our profile page for Smiley, Long County   [Map]

This community is historic.<9>

Distance: About 957 miles [1,540.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Indiana

Davies's County

Our profile page for Smiley, Davies's County

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

Although located in Davies's County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Ohio

Paulding County

Our profile page for Smiley, Paulding County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,088 miles [1,751 km] to the Northeast.

Pennsylvania

Fayette County

Our profile page for Smiley, Fayette County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,245 miles [2,003.6 km] to the Northeast.

Susquehanna County

Our profile page for Smiley, Susquehanna County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,503 miles [2,418.8 km] to the Northeast.

Saskatchewan

Our profile page for Smiley   [Map]

Distance: About 1,659 miles [2,669.9 km] to the North Northwest.

Virginia

Lee County

Our profile page for Smiley, Lee County   [Map]

Distance: About 974 miles [1,567.5 km] to the Northeast.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Texas

About Gonzales County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Smiley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Smiley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smiley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.2694, Longitude: -97.6375     [Map].

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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 Smiley 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 319.989 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.10 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.35 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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<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 Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's 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 Smiley 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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<9>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 Smiley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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