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The location of Smithson Valley









Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Smithson Valley 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 Smithson Valley. 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 Smithson Valley.

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

The Comal County sighting report from eBird.

Since Smithson Valley is near Bexar County and also Blanco County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Bexar County

Sighting report for Blanco 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 Smithson Valley.

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

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

  • New Braunfels [Map], which is the Seat of Comal County, lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Smithson Valley to New Braunfels, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 47 miles [75.6 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than an hour, a buggy would take most of two days and walking would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,361 miles [2,190.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take about three full days, a buggy would take 54 days and walking would take 78 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,200 miles [11,587.3 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 7,930 miles [12,762.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,807 miles [9,345.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smithson Valley ...

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.

Buffalo Springs   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East of Smithson Valley   [Map]

Cranes Mill   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Fourth Crossing   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Honey Creek   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Second Crossing   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Spring Branch   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Startzville   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Third Crossing   -   10 miles [16.1 km] 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 Smithson Valley. 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 Barbat     (Percy Dewitt Barbat)

Actor. He was born in New Orleans (Louisiana) on Tueday May 23, 1882 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Sunday June 20, 1965 at an age of 83.

San Antonio [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Smithson Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Percy Barbat<7>

Glenn Corbett     (Born as Glenn Edwin Rothenburg)

Actor. He was born in El Monte (California) on Thursday August 17, 1933 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Saturday January 16, 1993 at an age of 59. He was buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Smithson Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Glenn Corbett

Joan Crawford     (Born as Lucille Fay LeSueur)

Oscar winning actress. She was born in San Antonio (Texas) on Wednesday March 23, 1904 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday May 10, 1977 at an age of 73. She was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery (Westchester County, New York) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Smithson Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joan Crawford

Eddie Durham

Musician. He was born in San Marcos (Texas) on Sunday August 19, 1906 and died in New York (New York) on Friday March 6, 1987 at an age of 80. He was buried at George Washington Memorial Park (Bergen County, New Jersey) [Map].

San Marcos [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Smithson Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie Durham

Summer Glau     (Summer Lyn Glau)

Actress. She was born in San Antonio (Texas) on Friday July 24, 1981

San Antonio [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Smithson Valley

Herb Gary

Professional football. He was born on Tueday June 12, 1934 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Friday January 21, 2011 at an age of 76. He was buried at St. James Catholic Cemetery (Webster County, Iowa) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Smithson Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herb Gary

Ann Harding

Actress. She was born in San Antonio (Texas) on Thursday August 7, 1902 and died in Sherman Oaks (California) on Tueday September 1, 1981 at an age of 79. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Smithson Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ann Harding

Cecil 'Tex' Hughson

Major League Baseball. He was born in Kyle (Texas) on Wednesday February 9, 1916 and died in San Marcos (Texas) on Friday August 6, 1993 at an age of 77. He was buried at San Marcos Cemetery (Hays County, Texas) [Map].

Kyle [Map] is located 30 miles [48.3 km] to the northeast of Smithson Valley

San Marcos [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the east of Smithson Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cecil 'Tex' Hughson

Joe Jimenez

Professional golf. He was born in San Antonio (Texas) on Thursday June 10, 1926 and died in Leon Springs (Texas) on Saturday August 11, 2007 at an age of 81. He was buried at Mission Burial Park South (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Smithson Valley

Leon Springs [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southwest of Smithson Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Joe Jimenez

Lyndon B. Johnson     (Lyndon Baines Johnson)

36th President of the US (1963 - 1969). He was born in Stonewall (Texas) on Thursday August 27, 1908 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Monday January 22, 1973 at an age of 64. He was buried at Johnson Family Cemetery (Gillespie County, Texas) [Map].

Stonewall [Map] is located 35 miles [56.3 km] to the northwest of Smithson Valley

San Antonio [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Smithson Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lyndon B. Johnson

Johnny Lucadello

Major League Baseball. He was born in Thurber (Texas) on Sunday February 22, 1920 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Tueday October 30, 2001 at an age of 81. He was buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Smithson Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Johnny Lucadello

Pola Negri

Actress. She was born in Lipno (Poland) [Map] on Sunday December 31, 1899 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Saturday August 1, 1987 at an age of 87. She was buried at Calvary Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

San Antonio [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Smithson Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Pola Negri

Carl Scheib

Major League Baseball. He was born in Gratz (Pennsylvania) on Saturday January 1, 1927 and died in San Antonio (Texas) on Saturday March 24, 2018 at an age of 91.

San Antonio [Map] is located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the south of Smithson Valley

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Carl Scheib

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Texas Community

About Comal County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Comal County: www.co.comal.tx.us/

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Smithson Valley) 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 Smithson Valley. 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 Smithson Valley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithson Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.8130, Longitude: -98.3372     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithson Valley 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 Smithson Valley 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 320.542 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.822 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.611 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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