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Smyer, Texas

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The location of Smyer

Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Smyer 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 Smyer. 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 Smyer.

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

The Hockley County sighting report from eBird.

Since Smyer is near Lubbock County and also Terry County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Lubbock County

Sighting report for Terry 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 Smyer.

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

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

  • Levelland [Map], which is the Seat of Hockley County, lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West. If you could walk a straight line from Smyer to Levelland, 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.
  • Austin [Map], which is the State Capital of Texas, lies 345 miles [555.2 km] to the Southeast (SE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 14 days and walking would take 20 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,441 miles [2,319.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 57 days and walking would take 82 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 7,132 miles [11,477.8 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 7,881 miles [12,683.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,773 miles [9,290.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smyer ...

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.

Hurlwood   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the East of Smyer   [Map]

Lakeview   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the South   [Map]

Levelland   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Lockettville   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Meadow   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the South   [Map]

Needmore   -   20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Ropesville   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Roundup   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]

Slide   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Sundown   -   20 miles [32.2 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 Smyer. 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.

Buddy Holly     (Charles Hardin Holley)

Musician. He was born in Lubbock (Texas) on Monday September 7, 1936 and died in Clear Lake (Iowa) on Tueday February 3, 1959 at an age of 22. He was buried at City of Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock County, Texas) [Map].

Lubbock [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the east of Smyer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Buddy Holly<7>

Virgil Lewis Johnson

Singer, songwriter. He was born in Cameron (Texas) on Sunday December 29, 1935 and died in Lubbock (Texas) on Sunday February 24, 2013 at an age of 77. He was buried at City of Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock County, Texas) [Map].

Lubbock [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the east of Smyer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Virgil Lewis Johnson

Robert Lawrence 'Bobby' Layne

Professional football. He was born in Santa Anna (Texas) on Sunday December 19, 1926 and died in Lubbock (Texas) on Monday December 1, 1986 at an age of 60. He was buried at City of Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock County, Texas) [Map].

Lubbock [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the east of Smyer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Robert Lawrence 'Bobby' Layne

Samuel Filmore 'Sam' West

Major League Baseball. He was born in Longview (Texas) on Wednesday October 5, 1904 and died in Lubbock (Texas) on Saturday November 23, 1985 at an age of 81. He was buried at Resthaven Memorial Park (Lubbock County, Texas) [Map].

Lubbock [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the east of Smyer

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Samuel Filmore 'Sam' West

Communities Also Named Smyer ...

While the name Smyer is unique within Texas, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Texas


Clarke County

Our profile page for Smyer, Clarke County   [Map]

Distance: About 828 miles [1,332.5 km] to the East.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Texas

About Hockley County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Texas:

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- Smyer) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smyer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5873, Longitude: -102.1634     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smyer 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 Smyer 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 323.753 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 321.083 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 317.089 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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