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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Smoot 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 Smoot. 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 Smoot.

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

The Travis County sighting report from eBird.

Since Smoot is near Bastrop County and also Williamson County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Bastrop County

Sighting report for Williamson 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 Smoot.

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

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

  • Austin [Map], which is the Seat of Travis County, lies just to the West.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies just to the West (W).
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,310 miles [2,108.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Smoot to White House, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about three full days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 75 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 52 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,149 miles [11,505.2 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 7,878 miles [12,678.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,755 miles [9,261.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smoot ...

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.

Decker   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast of Smoot   [Map]

Elysium   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Greenshores   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Kings Village   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Lost Creek   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

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

Pilot Knob   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Pleasant Hill   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Rollingwood   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]

Sunset Valley   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the West   [Map]

Walnut Forest   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Waters Park   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the North   [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 Smoot. 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.

Tex Avery     (Born as Fred Bean Avery)

Animator. He was born in Taylor (Texas) on Wednesday February 26, 1908 and died in Burbank (California) on Tueday August 26, 1980 at an age of 72. He was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Taylor [Map] is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northeast of Smoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tex Avery<7>

Cedric Montgomery Durst

Major League Baseball. He was born in Austin (Texas) on Sunday August 23, 1896 and died in San Diego (California) on Tueday February 16, 1971 at an age of 74. He was buried at El Camino Memorial Park (San Diego County, California) [Map].

Austin [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the west of Smoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cedric Montgomery Durst

Robert Gottschall

Actor. He was born in Dallas (Texas) on Wednesday September 15, 1915 and died in Austin (Texas) on Monday January 3, 2005 at an age of 89. He was buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery (Bexar County, Texas) [Map].

Austin [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the west of Smoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Gottschall

Kenneth Don Gray

Professional football. He was born in San Saba (Texas) on Tueday March 10, 1936 and died in Round Rock (Texas) on Saturday November 25, 2017 at an age of 81. He was buried at Cherokee Cemetery (San Saba County, Texas) [Map].

Round Rock [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Smoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kenneth Don Gray

William Rodman 'Bill' Henry

Major League Baseball. He was born in Alice (Texas) on Saturday October 15, 1927 and died in Round Rock (Texas) on Friday April 11, 2014 at an age of 86. He was buried at South Park Cemetery (Brazoria County, Texas) [Map].

Round Rock [Map] is located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the north of Smoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: William Rodman 'Bill' Henry

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 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Smoot

San Marcos [Map] is located 32 miles [51.5 km] to the southwest of Smoot

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

Will 'Cannonball' Jackman

Professional baseball. He was born in Kyle (Texas) on Monday October 7, 1895 and died in Marion (Massachusetts) on Friday September 8, 1972 at an age of 76. He was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery (Suffolk County, Massachusetts) [Map].

Kyle [Map] is located 23 miles [37 km] to the southwest of Smoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Will 'Cannonball' Jackman

Lady Bird Johnson

Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 - 1969). She was born in Karnack (Texas) on Sunday December 22, 1912 and died in Austin (Texas) on Wednesday July 11, 2007 at an age of 94. She was buried at Johnson Family Cemetery (Gillespie County, Texas) [Map].

Austin [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the west of Smoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lady Bird Johnson

Brady Keys

Professional football. He was born in Austin (Texas) on Tueday May 19, 1936 and died in New York (New York) on Tueday October 24, 2017 at an age of 81. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Austin [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the west of Smoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Brady Keys

Justin Mentell

Actor, artist. He was born in Austin (Texas) on Thursday December 16, 1982 and died in Mineral Point (Wisconsin) on Monday February 1, 2010 at an age of 27. He was buried at Restland Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Austin [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the west of Smoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Justin Mentell

James Michener     (James Albert Michener)

Pulitzer Prize winning author. He was born in Doylestown (Pennsylvania) on Sunday February 3, 1907 and died in Austin (Texas) on Thursday October 16, 1997 at an age of 90.

Austin [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the west of Smoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Michener

Buddy Miles     (George Allen Miles, Jr.)

Musician. He was born in Omaha (Nebraska) on Friday September 5, 1947 and died in Austin (Texas) on Tueday February 26, 2008 at an age of 60.

Austin [Map] is located 5 miles [8 km] to the west of Smoot

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buddy Miles

Communities Also Named Smoot ...

We have found 3 communities that share the name Smoot.

While the name Smoot is unique within Texas, we know of another 3 communities with the same name in the United States.


Communities Outside of Texas

Utah

Utah County

Our profile page for Smoot, Utah County

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

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

West Virginia

Greenbrier County

Our profile page for Smoot, Greenbrier County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,102 miles [1,773.5 km] to the East Northeast.

Wyoming

Lincoln County

Our profile page for Smoot, Lincoln County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,123 miles [1,807.3 km] to the Northwest.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Texas

About Travis County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Travis County: www.co.travis.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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Smoot) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smoot. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.2744, Longitude: -97.6517     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smoot 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 Smoot 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 320.158 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 316.427 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 315.279 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 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 Smoot 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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