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Smith Oaks, Texas

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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Smith Oaks 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 Smith Oaks. 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 Smith Oaks.

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 Grayson County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Grayson County sighting report from eBird.

Since Smith Oaks is near Fannin County and also Bryan County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Fannin County

Sighting report for Bryan 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

The website, centered on Smith Oaks.

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

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

  • Sherman [Map], which is the Seat of Grayson County, lies just to the West Southwest.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 244 miles [392.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Smith Oaks to Austin, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 14 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 10 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,139 miles [1,833 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 45 days and walking would take 65 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,927 miles [11,147.9 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 7,663 miles [12,332.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,543 miles [8,920.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smith Oaks ...

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.

Anthony   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East of Smith Oaks   [Map]

Carpenters Bluff   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Frontier Village   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Ida   -   5 miles [8 km] to the South   [Map]

Kentucky Town   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Terrace   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Tom Bean   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Tribune   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Twin City   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Woodlake Park   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest   [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 Smith Oaks. 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.

Benny Binion

Businessman, founder of Binion's Horseshoe Casino. He was born in Pilot Grove (Texas) on Sunday November 20, 1904 and died in Las Vegas (Nevada) on Monday December 25, 1989 at an age of 85. He was buried at Bunkers Eden Vale Cemetery (Nevada).

Pilot Grove [Map] is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the south of Smith Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Benny Binion<7>

Charlie Christian     (Charles Henry Christian)

Musician. He was born in Bonham (Texas) on Saturday July 29, 1916 and died in Staten Island (New York) on Monday March 2, 1942 at an age of 25. He was buried at Gates Hill Cemetery (Fannin County, Texas) [Map].

Bonham [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the east of Smith Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Charlie Christian

Joe Dobson

Major League Baseball. He was born in Durant (Oklahoma) on Saturday January 20, 1917 and died in Jacksonville (Florida) on Thursday June 23, 1994 at an age of 77. He was buried at Evergreen Cemetery (Duval County, Florida) [Map].

Durant [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the north of Smith Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Dobson

Dwight D. Eisenhower     (Dwight David Eisenhower)

34th President of the US (1953 - 1961). He was born in Denison (Texas) on Tueday October 14, 1890 and died in Washington, DC [Map] on Friday March 28, 1969 at an age of 78.

Denison [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Smith Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Booker Telleferro Ervin, II

Musician. He was born in Denison (Texas) on Friday October 31, 1930 and died in New York (New York) on Monday August 31, 1970 at an age of 39. He was buried at Long Island National Cemetery (Suffolk County, New York) [Map].

Denison [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Smith Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Booker Telleferro Ervin, II

Lee 'Lefty' Grissom

Major League Baseball. He was born in Sherman (Texas) on Wednesday October 23, 1907 and died in Corning (California) on Sunday October 4, 1998 at an age of 91. He was buried at Sunset Hill Cemetery (Tehama County, California) [Map].

Sherman [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the west of Smith Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lee 'Lefty' Grissom

John Hillerman

Actor. He was born in Denison (Texas) on Tueday December 20, 1932 and died in Houston (Texas) on Thursday November 9, 2017 at an age of 84.

Denison [Map] is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the north of Smith Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Hillerman

Ray Renfro

Professional football. He was born in Whitesboro (Texas) on Thursday November 7, 1929 and died in Fort Worth (Texas) on Monday August 4, 1997 at an age of 67. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (Tarrant County, Texas) [Map].

Whitesboro [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the west of Smith Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ray Renfro

John Henderson 'Silent John' Whitehead

Major League Baseball. He was born in Coleman (Texas) on Tueday April 27, 1909 and died in Bonham (Texas) on Tueday October 20, 1964 at an age of 55. He was buried at Carson Cemetery (Fannin County, Texas) [Map].

Bonham [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the east of Smith Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: John Henderson 'Silent John' Whitehead

Art Tyree 'Hambone' Williams

Professional basketball. He was born in Bonham (Texas) on Friday September 29, 1939 and died in San Diego (California) on Thursday September 27, 2018 at an age of 79. He was buried at Greenwood Memorial Park (San Diego County, California) [Map].

Bonham [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the east of Smith Oaks

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Art Tyree 'Hambone' Williams

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Texas

About Grayson County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Grayson County:

The official website for State of Texas:

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- Smith Oaks) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smith Oaks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6484, Longitude: -96.4922     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smith Oaks 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 Smith Oaks 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 319.843 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.482 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 314.42 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:

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