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Introduction ...

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

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

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Smyrna 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 Smyrna. 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 Smyrna.

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

The Harrison County sighting report from eBird.

Since Smyrna is near Marion County and also Upshur County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Marion County

Sighting report for Upshur 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 Smyrna.

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

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

  • Marshall [Map], which is the Seat of Harrison County, lies 20 miles [32.2 km] to the Southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Smyrna to Marshall, 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 249 miles [400.7 km] to the Southwest (SW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take nearly four hours, a buggy would take 10 days and walking would take 15 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,071 miles [1,723.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE). Driving would take over two days, a buggy would take 42 days and walking would take 61 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,905 miles [11,112.5 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 7,633 miles [12,284.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,510 miles [8,867.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Smyrna ...

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.

Boxwood   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest of Smyrna   [Map]

Carterville   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

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

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

Mulberry Springs   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the South   [Map]

Old Diana   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the West   [Map]

Rock Island   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Rock Springs   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Snow Hill   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Stamps   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the West   [Map]

Victory   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Warlock   -   7 miles [11.3 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 Smyrna. 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.

Floyd Dixon

Musician. He was born in Marshall (Texas) on Friday February 8, 1929 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Wednesday July 26, 2006 at an age of 77. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Marshall [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Floyd Dixon<7>

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].

Karnack [Map] is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the east of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lady Bird Johnson

Scott Joplin

Jazz Composer, pianist. He was born in Linden (Texas) on Tueday November 24, 1868 and died in New York (New York) on Sunday April 1, 1917 at an age of 48. He was buried at St. Michaels Cemetery (Queens County, New York) [Map].

Linden [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Scott Joplin

Freddie Christian King

Musician. He was born in Gilmer (Texas) on Monday September 3, 1934 and died in Dallas (Texas) on Tueday December 28, 1976 at an age of 42. He was buried at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park (Dallas County, Texas) [Map].

Gilmer [Map] is located 18 miles [29 km] to the west of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Freddie Christian King

Karen Gay Silkwood

Activist. She was born in Longview (Texas) on Tueday February 19, 1946 and died in Crescent (Oklahoma) on Wednesday November 13, 1974 at an age of 28. She was buried at Danville Cemetery (Gregg County, Texas) [Map].

Longview [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the south of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Karen Gay Silkwood

Y.A. Tittle     (Yelberton Abraham Tittle)

Professional football. He was born in Marshall (Texas) on Sunday October 24, 1926 and died in Atherton (California) on Sunday October 8, 2017 at an age of 91. He was buried at Alta Mesa Memorial Park (Santa Clara County, California) [Map].

Marshall [Map] is located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Y.A. Tittle

T-Bone Walker     (Born as Aaron Thibeaux Walker)

Musician. He was born in Linden (Texas) on Saturday May 28, 1910 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Sunday March 16, 1975 at an age of 64. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Linden [Map] is located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the northeast of Smyrna

Find-A-Grave Memorial: T-Bone Walker

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].

Longview [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the south of Smyrna

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

Forest Whitaker     (Forest Steven Whitaker III)

Oscar winning actor. Producer, director. He was born in Longview (Texas) on Saturday July 15, 1961

Longview [Map] is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the south of Smyrna

Communities Also Named Smyrna ...

We have found 37 communities that share the name Smyrna.

Within Texas, there are 3 communities which are also named Smyrna. Using our Gazetteer, we have found another 34 communities in the United States - with 37 of those located in the United States.

We have broken our list into two sections:

Other communities located in Texas

Communities outside of Texas


Other Communities Located In Texas

Cass County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Cass County   [Map]

Distance: About 39 miles [62.8 km] to the Northeast.

Montague County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Montague County   [Map]

Distance: About 186 miles [299.3 km] to the West Northwest.

Rains County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Rains County   [Map]

Distance: About 69 miles [111 km] to the West.


Communities Outside of Texas

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Alabama

Houston County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Houston County   [Map]

Distance: About 554 miles [891.6 km] to the East.

Randolph County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Randolph County   [Map]

Distance: About 533 miles [857.8 km] to the East.

Arkansas

Clark County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Clark County   [Map]

Distance: About 118 miles [189.9 km] to the Northeast.

Howard County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Howard County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 107 miles [172.2 km] to the North Northeast.

Pope County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Pope County   [Map]

Distance: About 224 miles [360.5 km] to the North Northeast.

White County

Our profile page for Smyrna, White County   [Map]

Distance: About 236 miles [379.8 km] to the Northeast.

California

Tulare County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Tulare County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,425 miles [2,293.3 km] to the West Northwest.

Delaware

Kent County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Kent County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,152 miles [1,854 km] to the East Northeast.

Florida

Holmes County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Holmes County   [Map]

Distance: About 546 miles [878.7 km] to the East Southeast.

Georgia

Cobb County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Cobb County   [Map]

Distance: About 588 miles [946.3 km] to the East.

Morgan County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Morgan County   [Map]

Distance: About 651 miles [1,047.7 km] to the East.

Indiana

Decatur County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Decatur County   [Map]

Distance: About 685 miles [1,102.4 km] to the Northeast.

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 660 miles [1,062.2 km] to the Northeast.

Iowa

Clarke County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Clarke County   [Map]

Distance: About 570 miles [917.3 km] to the North.

Kentucky

Jefferson County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Jefferson County   [Map]

Distance: About 627 miles [1,009.1 km] to the Northeast.

Louisiana

De Soto Parish

Our profile page for Smyrna, De Soto Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 61 miles [98.2 km] to the Southeast.

Maine

Aroostook County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Aroostook County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,679 miles [2,702.1 km] to the Northeast.

Michigan

Ionia County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Ionia County   [Map]

Distance: About 876 miles [1,409.8 km] to the North Northeast.

Mississippi

Attala County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Attala County   [Map]

Distance: About 298 miles [479.6 km] to the East.

Copiah County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Copiah County   [Map]

Distance: About 247 miles [397.5 km] to the East Southeast.

Nebraska

Nuckolls County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Nuckolls County   [Map]

Distance: About 544 miles [875.5 km] to the North Northwest.

New York

Chenango County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Chenango County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,243 miles [2,000.4 km] to the Northeast.

North Carolina

Carteret County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Carteret County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,047 miles [1,685 km] to the East Northeast.

Ohio

Harrison County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Harrison County   [Map]

Distance: About 902 miles [1,451.6 km] to the Northeast.

Pennsylvania

Lancaster County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Lancaster County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,144 miles [1,841.1 km] to the East Northeast.

South Carolina

Newberry County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Newberry County   [Map]

Distance: About 751 miles [1,208.6 km] to the East.

York County

Our profile page for Smyrna, York County   [Map]

Distance: About 773 miles [1,244 km] to the East Northeast.

Tennessee

Carroll County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Carroll County   [Map]

Distance: About 422 miles [679.1 km] to the East Northeast.

Marshall County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Marshall County   [Map]

Distance: About 493 miles [793.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Pickett County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Pickett County   [Map]

Distance: About 598 miles [962.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Rutherford County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Rutherford County   [Map]

Distance: About 513 miles [825.6 km] to the East Northeast.

Warren County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Warren County   [Map]

Distance: About 547 miles [880.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Virginia

Bedford County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Bedford County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<9>

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

Washington

Grant County

Our profile page for Smyrna, Grant County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,635 miles [2,631.3 km] to the Northwest.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Texas

About Harrison County

About Texas

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smyrna. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7263, Longitude: -94.6305     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smyrna 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 Smyrna 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 318.505 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 314.796 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.708 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>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 Smyrna, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>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 Smyrna 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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